A student should be classified as an in-state resident for tuition purposes only if his or her legal residence is located in Arkansas for all purposes, and by good faith acts the student demonstrates the intent to make Arkansas his or her permanent home. Legal residence in Arkansas is required for at least six (6) consecutive months immediately preceding the first date of the semester for which in-state classification is requested. Mere physical presence in Arkansas is not sufficient to establish residency or demonstrate intent.
In order to be eligible for classification as an in-state resident (and be charged the in-state tuition rate), you must meet at least one of the criteria below (supporting documentation will be required for verification).
The student must have lived in the state of Arkansas as a non-student for at least six (6) consecutive months immediately preceding the first date of the semester for which in-state classification is requested;
The student must be a legal resident of a state which is contiguous to Arkansas (Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, or Texas);
The student must be married to a legal resident of the state of Arkansas;
The student must be a dependent student (under the age of 21) and my parent/legal guardian is a legal resident of the state of Arkansas (neither mere physical presence, or mere ownership of property, in Arkansas is sufficient to establish residency but will be taken into consideration along with other relevant factors);
The student must be an independent student (legally emancipated minor, over the age of 21, married, or the parent of a minor child) and by good faith acts have demonstrated my intent to make Arkansas my permanent home (own a primary residence in Arkansas, pay Arkansas Personal Property/Real Estate/State Income taxes, own an Arkansas registered vehicle, registered voter in the state of Arkansas, etc.); or,
The student, or the parent/guardian or spouse, must be a member of the U.S military with the state of Arkansas indicated on the Leave and Earning Statement (LES).
Please see the Out-of-State Residence Status for Tuition and Fee Purposes section of the Academic Catalog (in the Fees and Expenses section) for more information on Arkansas Tech's policy on residency classification.