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Residency Requirement

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For immediate reclassification to Arizona in-state status for tuition purposes provide Yavapai College with:

  • A copy of your DD-214 Honorable Discharge Member 4

AND

  • A valid Arizona Voter Registration card, OR
  • A valid Arizona Driver's License

Bring your document(s) in person to the Answer Center at the Prescott Campus or take a legible, clear picture with your phone or scan in the appropriate document and upload using our Secure Upload Link. Select "Residency Audit" for delivery.


Residency Requirements (non-military)

The requirements to establish residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency, such as voting or holding public office. A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth for in-state status as defined in the Yavapai College General Catalog and summarized herein.

The rules and regulations for establishing residency for tuition purposes are defined by Yavapai College, which is authorized by the Arizona Legislature and state statutes (sections A.R.S. 15-1801 through 1807) to provide classification for a tuition differential between resident and non-resident students.

Tuition classification as a resident at Yavapai College does not mean that a student will be classified as a resident when transferring to any other Arizona university/college.

Students must provide clear and convicing evidence to meet these four (4) requirements:

  • 1. U.S. Citizenship: Students who are not a citizen, a legal resident of the U.S., or who are without lawful immigration status are not entitled to classification as resident or “in-state” for tuition purposes in Arizona. See list of acceptable documentation.(DACA: Effective Summer 2018, DACA students will no longer be eligible for in-state tuition. We encourage DACA students to take classes at Yavapai College and to complete your program of study or other goal at Yavapai College. The tuition charged will be the out-of-state tuition rate; please note that the most cost-effective approach will be to register for six credits or less each semester.)

    Yavapai College will automatically certify citizenship of students with an approved FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).Full list of acceptable Citizenship Documentation.

  • 2. Physical presence (12 Months): To be eligible for classification as a resident for tuition purposes, you must provide clear and convincing evidence of continuous physical presence in the state of Arizona for the 12 months (domicile year) prior to the term in question. This presence must be combined with clear and convincing evidence of intent to establish a domicile in Arizona beyond the circumstance of being a student. Full-time student status at any Arizona post-secondary institution or combination of institutions negates the use of that time to meet the physical presence requirement.
  • 3. Intent to establish a domicile:Evidence of intent to be a resident of this state (establish domicile) is demonstrated by the absence of ties to your former state of residence. Documentation of intent to become a resident must start at the beginning of the domicile year and maintained throughout that year. Examples of evidence include: Arizona Driver’s license or state identification card; Arizona motor vehicle registration; employment history; transfer of major banking services to Arizona; change in permanent address on all pertinent records; federal and Arizona state income tax records. Additional documentation may be requested.
  • 4. Financial independence: To be considered financially independent, you need to be self-supporting and not claimed as a dependent by your parents or anyone else on federal or state income taxes for the 12-month domicile year used to demonstrate physical presence above. Financial independence means that you meet your own expenses from self-generated funds under your control. Personal loans and gifts are not acceptable forms of income. Acceptable forms of income include: Pay stubs, W-2’s, financial aid, documented inheritance, Social Security benefits, Veteran’s benefits, Federal or Arizona State income tax. Additional documentation may be requested.

Students who would like to initiate a review of their residency status should print and complete the Domicile Affidavit form and return it to Answer Center on the Prescott Campus or Verde Campus.  Completing this form does not guarantee in-state status.  All fields must be completed by the student and the form must be signed and dated.


Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The WUE tuition discount is provided to students who have documented with the Registrar’s Office their U.S. citizenship and residency from the state included in the Western Undergraduate Exchange consortium (WUE). Send a scanned copy of your driver’s license and birth certificate using the Secure Upload Link. Select “Residency Audit” for delivery..

This program, sponsored by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education ( WICHE), provides opportunity for students from participating states to enroll in selected two- and four-year undergraduate programs at a reduced tuition rate.

WUE Tuition Rate Qualifying States

Residents of one of the following states may qualify for the WUE tuition rate at Yavapai College: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

WUE Restrictions

  • The WUE tuition rate applies when a student enrolls for seven (7) or more credits for a term.
  • The WUE tuition discount requires students to provide a Driver's License or other evidence of WUE eligibility. Students who do not wish to utilize the WUE tuition discount (for example, students who wish to establish in-state residency for tuition purposes), must contact AnswerCenter@yc.edu and request non-WUE status by the beginning of the subject term.
  • Residency: Receipt of the WUE tuition discount disqualifies students from using the period enrolled toward Arizona residency.