Resident Classification for Tuition Purposes

  • In determining resident or nonresident classification, the issue is essentially one of why the person is in the state of Iowa. If the person is in the state primarily for educational purposes, that person will be considered a nonresident. For example, it may be possible that an individual could qualify as a resident of Iowa for such purposes as voting or holding an Iowa driver’s license and not meet the residency requirements as established by the Board of Regents for admission, tuition and fee purposes.
  • In deciding why a person is in the state of Iowa, the person’s domicile will be considered. A person who comes to Iowa from another state and enrolls in any institution of postsecondary education for a full program or substantially a full program shall be presumed to have come to Iowa primarily for educational reasons rather than to establish a domicile in Iowa.
  • The Registrar, or designated person, is authorized to require written documents, affidavits, verifications or other evidence deemed necessary to determine why a student is in Iowa.   The burden of establishing that a student is in Iowa for reasons other than education is upon the student. 

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.