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) for the 12 consecutive months preceding your intended enrollment as a resident.  You must work at least 20 hours per week for 52 consecutive weeks.  If you work less than 20 hours one week you must work additional hours another week.  Pay stubs will be requested with your application.
  • 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. (Visit the Iowa Department of Transportation/Iowa City Driver's License Station website for more information.)
  • Enroll no more than half time. 
    • Undergraduates - Maximum of 6 s.h. during Fall and Spring Semesters and maximum of 4 s.h. during Summer. 
    • Graduates - Maximum of 5 s.h. during Fall and Spring Semesters and 4 s.h. during Summer.)
  • 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.

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*Students completing the 12-qualifying month process who want to apply for Spring 2017 Residency for Tuition Purposes should submit their complete Application for Resident Classification by November 1, 2016.


If you're a veteran or a dependent of a veteran, please contact the G.I. Bill Services Office to see if you qualify for in-state tuition.