Resident Classification for Tuition Purposes

Establishing yourself as an Iowan for tuition purposes has cost saving benefits.

Basic information and answers to the most commonly asked questions about resident classification are available here: 

  • Live and work in Iowa (20 hours/week minimum), supporting yourself for the 12 consecutive months preceding your intended enrollment as a resident.
  • Obtain your own Iowa Driver's License, Iowa Voter Registration and if you own any vehicles and your name is on the title, register them in the State of Iowa.  If you do not drive, you must obtain a State of Iowa ID Card issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
  • Enroll no more than half time.  (See How to Establish yourself as an Iowa Resident brochure for allowed maximum enrollment.)
  • Be sure that Iowa taxes are withheld from your pay and begin filing your own annual Iowa resident income tax returns.
  • Cease being claimed as a dependent by your parents (or anyone else), on tax returns in any other state.

Printable How to Establish Residency Brochure.pdf

Application for Resident Classification

The application for Resident Classification should be submitted toward the end of the 12 qualifying months you have been working to establish residency for tuition purposes.

  • Students applying for residency for Summer should submit their complete application in early May.
  • Students applying for residency for Fall should submit their complete application in early June.
  • Students applying for residency for Spring should submit their complete application in early November.

Missing a suggested submission date means you will initially receive a non-resident tuition bill which you are obligated to pay.   If you are later determined to be a resident a credit may be applied to your account.

Although this process can be started at the beginning of any semester, the majority of applicants choose to begin establishing their Iowa residency for tuition purposes at the beginning of the Fall semester.  Applications for the current semester will not be accepted after the 15th day of class.

Online Residency Application for Resident Classification for Tuition and Fee Purposes

Printable Application for Resident Classification.pdf

Further questions should be directed to:

Office of the Registrar 
Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes 
34 Macbride Hall
(319) 335-0223