Resident Classification for Tuition Purposes
There are two classifications for tuition at the University of Iowa: Resident and Nonresident.
To find current tuition and fee rates, please see the University of Iowa Tuition and Fees Rate Tables.
Generally, a student who has graduated from an Iowa high school, has financially responsible parents/guardian(s) residing in Iowa and/or is claimed annually as a tax dependent on Iowa resident income tax returns is classified as a Resident.
The Administrative Code of Iowa mandates that an individual who comes to Iowa for educational purposes is to be classified as a Nonresident. This intent is demonstrated by any number of factors, including the following: relying on others (parents, guardians) outside Iowa for financial support, having applied for admission to an academic program of study (a major) at the University when you did not graduate from an Iowa high school, having submitted an application to live in campus housing, etc.
The burden of establishing that one is in Iowa for reasons other than education is upon the individual.
Effective May 1, 2017, the University of Iowa uses the following Iowa Tuition Classification guidelines and process:
The individual/student will submit a completed and signed Application for Resident Classification and all of the following documentation to support the application and demonstrate that s/he has been in Iowa for reasons other than education:
- Lease or ownership of an Iowa residence during your qualifying year, minimum of 12 months; and
- Pay statements for employment in Iowa for 1,560+ hours annually (that’s full-time by IRS regulation, averaging at least 30 hours worked per week) for over 12 consecutive months, with Iowa tax withheld by your employer and demonstrated by regular pay statements; and
- If you choose to be enrolled anywhere during your qualifying year, no more than a maximum of 6 s.h. during Fall or Spring semesters and a limit of of 4 s.h. over Summer at the undergraduate level; and
- Within 45 days of arriving in Iowa, obtain an Iowa driver’s license (D.O.T.-issued ID, for non-drivers), register to vote in Iowa (U.S. citizens only) and, if your name is on the title of a vehicle, Iowa license plates; and
- Begin filing your own annual Iowa resident income tax returns; and
- No longer be claimed as a dependent by your parents nor anyone else on their tax returns; and
- No reliance on financial resources outside Iowa.
Additional documentation that may be requested could include a certified copy of the individual’s marriage license, parent’s job offer letter, current Iowa resident income tax return, affidavit of future tax-filing intention, lease or other proof of Iowa residence, Iowa utility bills for the new property, moving company bill of lading, copies of Iowa driver’s license, voter registration and/or vehicle registrations, pay statements showing Iowa withholding tax, final utility bills from former residence, etc.
The University of Iowa Nonresident Review Committee fields appeals from denials of residency applications. In appealing an initial nonresident determination, the student will be expected to to demonstrate that s/he has been in Iowa for reasons other than education.
Recommended submission dates for the Application for Resident Classification can be found on page 4 of the application. Applications cannot be accepted later than the 15th day of classes for the term for which you are applying.
If you are a U.S. military veteran or dependent, please contact the G.I. Bill Services Office to see if you qualify for in-state tuition.