The University of Alabama defines and determines Residency for Tuition Purposes.
All students who come to the state of Alabama from another state solely or primarily for the purpose of attending school will be considered non-resident students for tuition purposes.
During the admissions process, the default residency classification is non-resident if any out-of-state information is received. This includes but is not limited to: transcripts, addresses, or other items included in the admissions application. The out of state classification will remain for the duration of the student’s educational career unless appropriate documentation is received demonstrating that the student is a resident for tuition purposes as defined in this policy.
Therefore, classification of students as non-residents shall continue unchanged through all registrations at the University unless and until satisfactory evidence is provided supporting that the student's reason for coming to and remaining in the state of Alabama has changed to the extent that the changes meet the criteria in this policy.
For independent students, residency classification is determined based on their ability to document clearly and convincingly that they meet the criteria summarized below. The residency classification of minors and dependent students is based solely on their supporting person(s).
A resident student for the purposes of tuition is one who meets any of the following criteria:
To be considered a resident student for tuition purposes, one must prove by clear and convincing evidence that:
If a non-resident student seeking reclassification is a minor or dependent student, then his or her supporting person(s) must meet these criteria. Though certification of an address and intent to remain in the state indefinitely are prerequisites to establishing one's status as a resident, ultimate determination of that status shall be made by the University by its evaluation of the presence or absence of connections with the state of Alabama.
For purposes of admission and tuition, the University of Alabama shall consider that the term “resident student” includes any of the following:
A. One who, at the time of registration, satisfies one of the following conditions:
1. Military personnel on active duty, along with their spouse or dependent child(ren), who are either stationed in Alabama for reasons other than attending school or whose State of Residence on their Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) is Alabama;
2. Has been a member of the Alabama National Guard for a period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the academic term in which the student qualifies for resident tuition, and continues to be a member of the Alabama National Guard while enrolled at the The University of Alabama;
3. Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, is receiving or entitled to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI-Bill or Montgomery GI-Bill programs, or other federal law authorizing veterans’ educational benefits, and satisfies as least one of the following conditions:
a. A Veteran who is physically present in the state of Alabama (as evidenced by documentation of one’s physical address in Alabama while enrolled) and enrolls within 3 years of receiving an honorable discharge, as verified by a United States Department of Defense Form 214, from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more;
b. A spouse or dependent child using transferred benefits who is physically present in the state of Alabama (as evidenced by documentation of one’s physical address in Alabama while enrolled) and enrolls within 3 years of the transferor’s honorable discharge, as verified by a United States Department of Defense Form 214, from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more;
c. A spouse or dependent child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who is physically present in the state of Alabama (as evidenced by documentation of one’s physical address in Alabama while enrolled) and enrolls within 3 years of the Servicemember’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more;
4. Is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, not eligible under subsection 3 above, provided that the veteran is physically present in the state of Alabama (as evidenced by documentation of one’s physical address in Alabama while enrolled) and satisfies at least one of the following conditions:
a. The veteran has served on active duty for a continuous period of time, not less than 2 years, and has received an honorable discharge as verified by a United States Department of Defense Form 214 within 5 years of enrolling at The University of Alabama;
b. Has been a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States for a period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the academic term in which the student qualifies for resident tuition and continues to be an active drilling member of their respective Reserve Unit while enrolled at The University of Alabama;
c. The veteran has been assigned a service-connected disability by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.
B. To be eligible for resident tuition as provided for in subsection A, and to maintain eligibility, the student shall:
1. Have secured admission to and enrolled full-time or part-time at The University of Alabama
2. Maintain full-time or part-time enrollment at The University of Alabama
3. Satisfy the admission and retention standards at The University of Alabama
C. A student who has previously met the requirements of this section shall continue to be classified as a resident student as long as the qualifying student maintains physical presence in the State of Alabama while enrolled at The University of Alabama. If an individual provided for in subsection A is released or discharged dishonorably, such release shall be grounds for revocation of in-state resident status for tuition purposes.
International students who apply for residence reclassification must have the ability to remain indefinitely in the United States and otherwise meet the requirements of the Alabama Code and Board Rule 202.
A person must be a Permanent Resident Alien, Political Asylee, Political Refugee, or who hold an A, E, G, H, I, L, O, P, R, TC, TD or TN visa to be eligible for review as an in-state resident for tuition purposes. In addition, the criteria for residency for tuition purposes must be demonstrated sufficiently.
Students who hold a B, F, J, or M visa are not eligible to establish Alabama residency unless their supporting person meets the criteria in this policy for residency for tuition purposes. Full-time employees of a company party to an Alabama Free Trade Agreement may be eligible to establish residency based on that employment.
Students who wish to apply for reclassification of residence must submit an Application for Reclassification of Residency to The Office of The University Registrar prior to the deadlines listed below for the term in question. Applications received by the Priority Deadline for the term in question will have an initial decision rendered prior to tuition and fees coming due for the term. Students are responsible for the payment of tuition and fees according to the deadlines set by the Office of Student Receivables. These deadlines will not be extended while a student’s residency reclassification application is being reviewed. Applications submitted after the respective final deadline will be considered for the next semester. Requests for reclassification for past semesters will not be considered.
|Term||Priority Deadline||Final Deadline|
|Fall||July 1||First Day of Classes for Full Term|
|Spring||November 1||First Day of Classes for Full Term|
|Summer||April 1||First Day of Classes for Interim Term|
The student bears the burden of proving that he/she is a resident student. Classification as a resident student shall be based upon the required application and the supporting documentation filed with the application and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.
If a student who has been previously denied in-state residency reclassification has a change in his/her status (e.g., a reason for being in the state other than to attend school, or it is his/her intent to remain in the state indefinitely), then a new Application for Reclassification of Residency may be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar. Only those students whose circumstances have changed in a significant way and are able to provide sufficient additional documentation for review will be considered. Otherwise, no further reclassification requests will be considered.
Requests for reclassification of residence are independent of other student service area deadlines. Student class schedules, billing schedules, and payment deadlines can not be held or altered due to a pending appeal of a denied request. Similarly, review and decisions regarding reclassification requests are not made according to timelines and deadlines for other processes on campus including, but not limited to: billing schedules, payment deadlines, scholarship acceptance deadlines, and housing and residential life deadlines.
If your request for reclassification of residence for tuition purposes is denied, you may request an appeal of the decision. The Residency Appellate Review Committee reviews and renders decisions on appeal requests. The expectation from the Committee is that all appeal requests include supporting documentation over and above what was submitted with the original application.
To initiate the appeal process, you must submit a written request. Any and all additional supporting documentation relevant to the request must also be included with the written request. All appeal requests must be received by the Office of the University Registrar no later than 4:45 p.m. on the 30th calendar day following the date of the letter denying your application for reclassification. Appeal requests may be mailed, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or hand delivered to room 206 in the Student Services Building. The mailing address for the Office of the University Registrar is as follows:
|Residency Appellate Review Committee|
|Office of the University Registrar|
|Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0134|