Residency FAQ

For more details, please refer to the Non-Resident Tuition Policy. To apply for change of residency, please go to the Application for Change of Residency.

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment determines your residency status when they receive and process the completed application for admission. AUM bases the decision 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 you either (1) fulfill the requirements for residency and petition for reclassification or (2) lose residency by your absence from Alabama with intent to become a resident of another state. We review residency status after any absence from the university for more than one year [three consecutive semesters].

In Alabama, nineteen (19) is the age of majority. If you are under the age of nineteen, you are considered a minor 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, you must be 19 to begin to establish residency apart from your parents, legal custodian, or guardian.

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 in the Non-Resident Tuition Policy, 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.

None or very little. In cases where the student is a minor, residency rests on whoever claims him/her as a legal dependent.

In determining a person's eligibility for residency for tuition purposes, the Non-Resident Tuition Policy requires that the person be a resident of Alabama and has been a resident for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which the student is registering. The cumulative time a person lived in Alabama is not relevant if the person has moved away from Alabama and established residence in another state.

No. The student would qualify only if the parent was physically present at the Alabama business site and working in a permanent, full-time capacity for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the student’s enrollment.

No. The parent must be stationed in Alabama or have an LES (leave and earning statement proving Alabama as state of residence). Home of record is not necessarily the same as state of residency. 

A non-resident student who believes s/he has satisfied the residency requirement may obtain an "Application for Change of Residency for Tuition Purposes" from the Registrar’s Office or click Application for Change of Residency. A change in residency classification is never automatic. It is always your responsibility to initiate the reclassification request.

Yes. For details, please refer to the Non-Resident Tuition Policy.

Yes. For details, please go to Non-Resident Tuition Policy.

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.

If we determine that you provided false or misleading information, you may lose resident status and be dismissed from the university.

We must re-determined residency status after any absence from the university.