The rules regarding residency for tuition purposes at The University of Alabama are governed by the State of Alabama Code Subsection 16, Title 16, Chapter 64, The University of Alabama System Board Rule 202, and The University of Alabama Residency for Tuition Purposes Policy.

What students need to know about Alabama residency for purposes of tuition and fees:

  1. The standard for residency makes it extremely difficult for most undergraduates who do not have a parent domiciled in Alabama to qualify for classification as a resident at The University of Alabama.
  2. Your resident or nonresident classification is determined for purposes of tuition and fees at the point of admission to The University of Alabama.
  3. Alabama residency for the purpose of tuition and fees is centered on one’s legal domicile. For this policy, a domicile is defined as the place a man or woman has voluntarily fixed the habitation of himself/herself, not for a mere special or temporary purpose, but with the intention of making a permanent home. In regards to that definition, the pursuit of an education is considered a special or temporary purpose. Furthermore, intention cannot be anecdotal or emotional in nature. Intention must be demonstrated clearly with the appropriate supporting documentation.
  4. If you are an undergraduate under the age of 24 and your parent(s) are not Alabama residents as defined by this policy, it is unlikely that you will be able to qualify as an Alabama resident for purposes of tuition and fees.
  5. The term ‘resident’ in the Residency Policy for Tuition Purposes comes from the University’s residence regulations and differs from other definitions of Alabama residency. For example, a person who is an Alabama resident for tax or voting purposes will not necessarily be a resident for purposes of tuition and fees. Financial Aid definitions of ‘resident’ may also differ. These other definitions of ‘resident’ do not confer in-state residency for purposes of tuition and fees.
  6. You do not become a resident for purposes of tuition and fees simply by living in Alabama for twelve months or more. The length of time you attend The University of Alabama or live in the state of Alabama is not the sole or primary determining factor of residency. If you are in Alabama solely or primarily for educational purposes (as demonstrated by registering for a full-time course load at UA within the last 12 months), you will not be eligible for resident classification, regardless of the length of your time in Alabama.
  7. Second or multiple properties in Alabama do not sufficiently demonstrate the standard for Residency for Tuition Purposes.
  8. You normally cannot establish Alabama residency for purposes of tuition and fees while maintaining ties to another state or country (e.g. state tax liability, driver’s license, voter’s or vehicle registration). Further, if you have moved to Alabama primarily to attend The University of Alabama, you are here for educational purposes and so are not eligible for reclassification for purposes of tuition and fees.
  9. In order to establish residency in Alabama for purposes of tuition and fees, you must have the legal ability to establish a permanent domicile in the United States, meaning that you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or hold a valid, qualifying non-immigrant visa as indicated in the International section of the policy.
  10. It is your burden to prove, clearly and convincingly, that you have satisfied all applicable requirements in the Residency Policy for Tuition and Fees.
  11. Personal circumstances not pertaining to the Residency for Tuition Purposes policy, such as academic merit and financial hardship cannot be considered in evaluating whether or not you are able to qualify for Alabama residency for purposes of tuition and fees.
  12. Only specifically authorized personnel within the Office of the University Registrar at The University of Alabama are qualified to answer questions or make a determination about residency for tuition purposes. Other University personnel are NOT authorized to supply information relative to residency requirements for tuition purposes.

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The Admissions office determines each student’s residency status when the completed application for admission is received and processed. The decision is based on the information contained in the application for admission, transcripts, and other documents required for admission. The residency status determined at this time remains in effect until the student either (1) fulfills the requirements for residency and petitions for reclassification or (2) loses residency by his or her absence from Alabama with intent to become a resident of another state. Residency status is reviewed after any absence from the university of one year [three consecutive semesters] or more.
In Alabama, nineteen (19) is the age of majority. Persons under the age of nineteen are considered minors under the law. The residency status for students under nineteen is based upon the residence of the student’s “supporting person” as that term is defined in the Non-resident Tuition Policy. In most cases a person must be 19 to begin to establish residency apart from his or her parents, legal custodian, or guardian.
A student’s residency status is not based on the length of time that he or she attends the University. Alabama law stipulates that an individual living in Alabama for the purpose of attending school is to be considered a non-resident student. Students admitted as non-residents remain as such until and unless sufficient evidence is submitted that demonstrates fulfillment of the requirements listed in the Residency for Tuition Purposes Policy.
A noncitizen with a visa that prohibits establishing a residence in Alabama during any portion of the durational period may not be granted resident student status. Other noncitizens may qualify for resident student status by meeting all requirements for residency outlined previously, or having been granted refugee status and meeting all other requirements for residence.
Property ownership in Alabama does not, by itself, constitute residency or entitlement to in-state tuition.
No. This would have no influence on residency status but the student may be eligible for an Alumni Heritage Scholarship offered by the University of Alabama National Alumni Association.
A non-resident student who believes he or she has satisfied the residency requirements may complete an Application for Reclassification of Residence for Tuition Purposes. A change in residency classification is never automatic. It is always the student’s responsibility to initiate the reclassification request. Applications must be submitted by the First Day of Classes for Fall/Spring terms and First Day of Classes for Interim Terms for Summer terms. 
No. You must apply by the deadline for registration for the semester in question in order to be reviewed for residency reclassification for that semester.
Temporary absences from Alabama alone will not result in a loss of resident student status once established, unless the absence is accompanied by actions which indicate intent to establish a new residence in another state.


Determination that false or misleading information was provided by the student may result in loss of resident status and dismissal from the University.

Residency status may be re-determined after any absence from the university.