Residency & Citizenship Requirements

Residency for Tuition Purpose

All students are classified for tuition purposes under one of the following residency classifications:

  1. Maricopa County resident
  2. Out-of-County resident 
  3. Out-of-State resident (including F-1 non-immigrant students)

Residency for tuition purposes is determined in accordance with state law (ARS §§15-1801et seq.) and regulations of the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board. All of the Maricopa Community Colleges are subject to the above statutes and regulations. Students who have questions about their residency should contact the Admissions and Records Office/Office of Student Enrollment Services for clarification.

APPENDIX S-1 of the MCCCD Online Policy Manual outlines all of the provisions of the statute and the corresponding regulations adopted by the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board.  The following information is included in this appendix:

  • Implementation requirements – defines the implementation steps that must be followed by the student, the college and the MCCCD District
  • Definitions – the definition of key terms used in Appendix S-1
  • In-State Student Status – Defines the requirements for a student to have In-State Status
  • Alien In-State Student Status – Defines the requirements for an alien to have In-State Status
  • Presumptions Relating to Student Status – Unless there is evidence to the contrary, the registering authority of the community college that the student is registering at will make these presumptions
  • Proof of Residency – When a student’s residency is questioned, these are the examples of the proof that can be provided

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residency

Citizenship Requirements

Over the past several years, the State of Arizona has passed several statutes (Prop 300 (2006), HB2008 (2009) and SB1070 (2010) affecting immigration status.  For students new to the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) establishing residency and citizenship or lawful status is vital because students are charged a different tuition rate depending on what classification they fall under. 

A student new to the Maricopa Community Colleges who enrolls via is considered out-of-state until proof of residency and citizenship or lawful status is established with the Admissions and Records Office / Office of Student enrollment services at the college he/she is planning to attend

The following links can provide useful information regarding the following topics:

Residency and Citizenship Information

  • Compliance procedures for students
  • Acceptable documents for establishing a lawful presence in the United States
  • Statement Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Citizenship<
  • DACA related FAQs for your assistance
  • Citizenship related FAQs for your assistance