Resident Classification for Tuition Purposes

Students enrolling at the University of Iowa (UI) full-time in a program of study are presumed to be in Iowa for educational purposes, and therefore classified as nonresident students for admission and tuition purposes.

A determinant of residency status is the students' domicile, or home. Students who come to UI from another state and enroll for a full program, or substantially a full program, shall be presumed to have come to the state of Iowa primarily for educational purposes rather than to establish a home, or domicile, in Iowa.

If nonresident students wish to become resident students for admission and tuition purposes, it is their obligation to prove that they have come to the state of Iowa for reasons other than education. Students must submit a completed and signed Application for Resident Classification along with the following documentation to demonstrate that they are in Iowa for reasons other than education:

  • Employment in Iowa for 1,560+ hours annually over 12 consecutive months, averaging at least 30 hours each week, with Iowa tax withheld by employers and demonstrated by regular pay statements
    • This employment status is considered full-time by IRS regulations
  • If enrolled anywhere during the qualifying year, or 12 consecutive months of 1,560+ hours worked, being enrolled not more than a maximum of 6 s.h. during Fall or Spring semesters and a limit of 4 s.h. over Summer at the undergraduate level
  • Withing 45 days of arriving in Iowa complete the following:
    • Obtain an Iowa driver's license (D.O.T.-issued ID for nondrivers)
    • Register to vote in Iowa (U.S. citizens only)
    • If your name is on the title of a vehicle, obtain Iowa license plates
  • Begin filing individual annual Iowa resident income tax returns
  • No longer be claimed as a dependent by your parents or anyone else on their tax returns
  • No reliance on financial resources from outside the state of Iowa

To learn more about Iowa tuition classification, click here.

The following circumstances, although not necessarily conclusive, have probative value in support of a claim for resident classification:

  1. Reside in Iowa for 12 consecutive months and be primarily engaged in activities other than those of a full-time student, immediately prior to the beginning of the term for which resident classification is sought
  2. Reliance upon Iowa resources for financial support
  3. Domicile in Iowa of persons legally responsible for the student
  4. Former domicile in the state and maintenance of significant connections therein while absent
  5. Acceptance of an offer of permanent employment in Iowa
  6. Military orders, if for other educational purposes
  7. Other facts indicating the student's domicile will be considered by the universities in classifying the student

The following circumstances, standing alone, do not constitute sufficient evidence of domicile to effect classification of a student as a resident under these regulations:

  1. Voting or registration for voting
  2. Employment in any position normally filled by a student
  3. The lease of living quarters
  4. Admission to a licensed practicing profession in Iowa
  5. Automobile registration
  6. Public records, e.g. birth and marriage records, Iowa driver's license
  7. Continuous presence in Iowa during periods when not enrolled in school
  8. Ownership of property in Iowa, or the payment of Iowa taxes


Students who are veterans or dependents of veterans should contact the G.I. Bill Services Office to discuss the correct admission and tuition classification.