Residency Policy

For the purpose of assessing tuition, applicants for admission will be classified in one of two categories as outlined below:

Resident Student

A Resident Student will be charged the in-state tuition rate established by the
State Board of Education.

 

  1. A Resident Student is an applicant for admission who is a citizen of the United States and a duly registered resident in the State of Alabama for at least 12 months immediately preceding application for admission, or whose non-estranged spouse has resided and had habitation, home and permanent abode in the State of Alabama for at least 12 months immediately preceding application for admission. Consequently, an out-of-state student cannot attain Resident Student status simply by attending school for twelve months in the State of Alabama.
  2. In the case of minor dependents seeking admission, the parents, parent, or legal guardian of such minor dependent must have resided in the State of Alabama for at least 12 months preceding application for admission. If the parents are divorced, residence will be determined by the residency of the parent to whom the court has granted custody. SUPPORTING PERSON: Either or both of the parents of the student, parents who are living together, or if the parents are divorced or living separately, then either the parent having legal custody or, if different, the parent providing the greater amount of financial support. If both parents are deceased or if neither has legal custody, supporting person will mean, in the following order: the legal custodian of the student, the guardian, and the conservator.
  3. In determining Resident Student status for the purpose of charging tuition, the burden of proof lies with the applicant for admission.
    1. Students participating in the Southern Regional Electronic Campus (or any successor organization) will be considered Resident Students for tuition purposes.
    2. An individual claiming to be a resident will certify by a signed statement each of the following:
      1. A specific address or location within the State of Alabama as his or her residence.
      2. An intention to remain at this address indefinitely.
      3. Possession of more substantial connections with the State of Alabama than with any other state.
    3. Though certifications of an address and an intent to remain in the state indefinitely will be prerequisites to establishing status as a resident, ultimate determination of that status will be made by the institution by evaluating the presence or absence of connection with the State of Alabama. This evaluation will include the consideration of the following connections:
      1. Consideration of the location of high school graduation.
      2. Payment of Alabama state income taxes as a resident.
      3. Ownership of a residence or other real property in the state and payment of state ad valorem taxes on the residence or property.
      4. Full-time employment in the state.
      5. Residence in the state of a spouse, parents, or children.
      6. Previous periods of residency in the state continuing for one year or more.
      7. Voter registration and voting in the state; more significantly, continuing voter registration in the state that initially occurred at least one year prior to the initial registration of the student in Alabama at a public institution of higher education.
      8. Possession of state or local licenses to do business or practice a profession in the state.
      9. Ownership of personal property in the state, payment of state taxes on the property, and possession of state license plates.
      10.       (10) Continuous physical presence in the state for a purpose other than attending school, except for temporary absences for travel, military service, and temporary employment.
      11. Membership in religious, professional, business, civic, or social organizations in the state.
      12. Maintenance in the state of checking and savings accounts, safe deposit boxes, or investment accounts.
      13. In-state address shown on selective service registration, drivers' license, automobile title registration, hunting and fishing licenses, insurance policies, stock and bond registrations, last will and testament, annuities, or retirement plans.
  4. Students determined to be eligible for resident tuition will maintain that eligibility upon re-enrollment within one full academic year of their most previous enrollment unless there is evidence that the student subsequently has abandoned resident status, for example, registering to vote in another state. Students failing to re-enroll within one full academic year must establish eligibility upon re-enrollment.

Non-Resident Student (additional persons for resident tuition)

A Non-Resident Student, one who does not meet the standard of having resided in
the State of Alabama for at least 12 months immediately preceding application
for admission, will be charged the in state tuition rate established by the
State Board of Education under the following circumstances, provided such
student is a citizen of the United States.

  1. The dependent student
    1. whose supporting person is a full-time permanent employee of the institution at which the student is registering; or
    2. whose supporting person can verify full-time permanent employment in Alabama and will commence said employment within 90 days of registration; or
    3. whose supporting person is a member of the United States military on full-time active duty stationed in Alabama under order for duties other than attending school; or
    4. whose supporting person is an accredited member of a consular staff assigned to duties in Alabama.
  2. The student is not a dependent (as defined by Internal Revenue Codes) who
    1. is a full-time permanent employee of the institution at which the student is registering or is the spouse of such an employee; or
    2. can verify full-time permanent employment within the State of Alabama or is the spouse of such an employee and will commence said employment within 90 days of registration with the institution; or
    3. is a member of or the spouse of a member of the United State military on full-time active duty stationed in Alabama under orders for duties other than attending school; or
    4. is an accredited member of, or the spouse of, an accredited member of a consular staff assigned to duties in Alabama.
  3. In determining Non-Resident Student status for the purpose of charging tuition, the burden of proof lies with the applicant for admission. The college may request proof that the applicant meets the stipulations noted above prior to admission.
  4. The student is eligible for in-state tuition if the student resides in Lowndes and Noxubee counties in Mississippi.

If you have any question, please contact the Office of Admissions & Records, 205-391-2214