Auburn University at Montgomery’s residency guidelines are established by Alabama Code 1664. The term “Alabama resident” for tuition purposes may differ from other definitions of Alabama residency. To be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, a student must meet the guidelines for residency as defined by the Alabama Code.
All students registering at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) who come to the state of Alabama from another state for the purpose of attending school will be considered a “nonresident student” for tuition purposes. Classification of students as a non-resident shall be made at the time of their initial admission to the university and the non-resident status shall continue unchanged through all registrations at the university until and unless satisfactory evidence is provided supporting that the student’s reason for coming to and remaining in the state has changed. Documents which are at least one (1) year old from the date of issue are often, but not always, more probative than those that are less than one year old.
Furthermore, AUM will default the resident code to non-resident during the admissions process if any out-of-state information is received (i.e. transcript, out-of-state address) or if the student has been away from the university for a year or more. The out-of-state code will remain until documentation is received that demonstrates that the student is either a resident who attended an out-of-state institution or has not left the state during the 12 month absence.
Any student who attended or graduated from an out-of-state high school, attended an online college or university, or attended a higher education institution in another state will be coded as a non-resident upon admission and must file a residency appeal. Please provide documentation if the educational program is residency based or online.
An Alabama student/resident is a citizen of the United States, or legal permanent resident who, the time of admission to the university:
A non-resident student is one who does not meet the criteria for a “resident student” as specified in the preceding section.
Though certification of an address and intent to remain in the state indefinitely are prerequisites to establishing status as a resident, ultimate determination of that status shall be made by the university by its evaluation of the presence or absence of connections with the state of Alabama.
The burden of proof for changing residency rests with the student. The following types of evidence may contain data to help establish residency. Where appropriate, documents must prove Alabama residency during the 12 month time period prior to enrollment.
To be considered for change of residency, the Application for Change of Residency and all required documentation should be submitted as early as possible in order to accommodate a timely review. For continuing students, applications must be received no later than three weeks prior to the first day of classes for consideration for that semester. Applications received after this date will likely be held for consideration for the following semester.
Completed applications and support documents should be submitted as follows:
For incoming students, decisions regarding residency will be determined by the Office of Admissions and Recruiting (undergraduate students) or the Office of Graduate Admissions (graduate students). Decisions regarding change of residency for current students will be made by the Residency Committee, chaired by the registrar. All decisions are subject to review by the chancellor at AUM or his designated representative, upon written request of applicant.
Further information concerning residency laws mandated by the State of Alabama can be found at: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/CodeOfAlabama/1975/16-64-3.htm
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