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Residency Requirements

The Registrar Office must determine your legal residency before you can register and pay fees for any semester or session.

Responsibility: It is the student's responsibility to indicate the correct residency status when applying for admission and registering for classes. Domicile is determined as of the first day of the session in which a student is attending that semester.

Change in status: Students requesting a change to their residency status must submit a Residency Correction Form and supporting documentation to any campus Student Services Center or via the Registrar File Upload located on MyPima > Students >Register and Pay.

In-State Tuition: Students seeking in-state tuition must also complete a one-time Verification of Lawful Presence Form.


In order to qualify for the In-State Tuition rate, you must be able to demonstrate all of the following:

  1. Physical presence in Arizona for 12 consecutive months prior to the start of classes
    • Exceptions to this policy (such as active duty military) are listed on the Residency Correction Form
  2. Intent to remain an Arizona resident
  3. Financial independence:
    • This means you provide more than half of your own financial support OR you are 23 or younger and are supported by a parent(s) that are Arizona residents

If you are not identified as an in-state resident on your initial application, you may need to submit the Residency Correction Form.  It will provide a list of appropriate documents to submit and must be submitted by the first day of class for which the change is requested.

If you have identified as resident non-citizen and request in state tuition under proposition 308 that was passed and signed into law on December 5, 2022, please use this Residency Non-Citizen Form.

State Statutes

Guidelines that are used to determine residency status are taken from the Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 15-1801 through 15-1807.

NOTE - With the passage of Proposition 308 in November 2022, students who graduated from an Arizona high school and spent two or more years attending an in-state high school now qualify for in-state tuition regardless of citizenship or immigration status (provided all other residency requirements are met.)  Similar provisions are in place for students who were homeschooled or who obtained a G.E.D.  More details and FAQs are available at Proposition 308, under Paying for College.

More Help

For questions about these guidelines or for help determining residency status, contact any campus Student Services Center or email:

Are you an out-of-state resident from the western U.S.?

You may be able to maintain your out-of-state residency and attend PCC at a reduced rate.

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