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Mohave Community College    
 
    
 
  Dec 12, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Residency Requirements


Any questions or concerns regarding in-state residency status may be directed to the Enrollment Management Office. Students who are not considered in-state residents will be assessed out-of-state or Western Undergraduate Exchange  tuition and fees when registering for classes. Residency requirements are established by state statutes (ARS §15-1801-15-1807) and the Mohave Community College Governing Board.

Arizona Law (ARS §15-1801) Definitions

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

  1. “Armed Forces of the United States” means the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Services, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Guard and any military reserve unit of any branch of the armed forces of the United States.
  2. Continuous attendance” means enrollment at an educational institution in this state as a full-time student, as such term is defined by the governing body of the educational institution, for a normal academic year since the beginning of the period for which continuous attendance is claimed. Such person need not attend summer sessions or any other intersession beyond the normal academic year in order to maintain continuous attendance.
  3. “Domicile” means a person’s true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation. It is the place where he intends to remain and to which he expects to return when he leaves without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere.
  4. “Emancipated person” means a person who is neither under a legal duty of service to his parent nor entitled to the support of such parent under the laws of this state.
  5. “Parent” means a person’s father or mother, or if one parent has custody, that parent, or if there is no surviving parent or the whereabouts of the parents are unknown, then a guardian of an unemancipated person if there are not circumstances indicating that such guardianship was created primarily for the purpose of conferring the status of an in-state student on such unemancipated person.
Arizona Law (ARS §15-1802) In-State Student Status
  1. Except as otherwise provided in this article, no person having a domicile elsewhere than in this state is eligible for classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes.
  2. A person is not entitled to classification as an in-state student until the person is domiciled in this state for one year, except that a person whose domicile is in this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student if the person meets one of the following requirements:
    1. The domicile of the person’s parent is in this state and the parent is entitled to claim the person as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes.
    2. The person is an employee of an employer that transferred the person to this state for employment purposes or the person is the spouse of such an employee.
    3. The person is an employee of a school district in this state and is under contract to teach on a full-time basis or is employed as a full-time noncertified classroom aide at a school within that school district. For the purposes of this paragraph, the person is eligible for classification as an in-state student only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the state board of education to teach in a school district in this state. No member of the person’s family is eligible for classification as an in-state student if the person is eligible for classification as an in-state student pursuant to this paragraph, unless the family member is otherwise eligible for classification as an in-state student pursuant to this section.
    4. The person’s spouse has established domicile in this state for at least one year, has demonstrated intent and financial independence and is entitled to claim the student as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes or the person’s spouse was temporarily out of state for educational purposes, but maintained a domicile in this state. If the person is a noncitizen, the person must be in an eligible visa status pursuant to federal law to classify as an in-state student for tuition purposes.
  3. The domicile of an unemancipated person is that of the person’s parent.
  4. Any unemancipated person who remains in this state when the person’s parent, who had been domiciled in this state, removes from this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student until attainment of the degree for which the person is currently enrolled, as long as the person maintains continuous attendance.
  5. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders or who is the spouse or a dependent child as defined in section 43-1001 of a person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders is entitled to classification as an in-state student. A spouse or a dependent child does not lose in-state student classification under this subsection if the spouse or dependent child qualifies for in-state tuition classification at the time the spouse or dependent child is accepted for admission to a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board or a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents. The student, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification.
  6. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States or the spouse or a dependent as defined in section 43-1001 of a member of the armed forces of the United States is entitled to classification as an in-state student if the member of the armed forces has claimed this state as the person’s state of legal residence for at least twelve consecutive months before the member of the armed forces, spouse or dependent enrolls in a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board. For the purposes of this subsection, the requirement that a person be domiciled in this state for one year before enrollment to qualify for in-state student classification does not apply.
  7. A person holding an honorable discharge from the uniformed services of the United States from either active duty or reserve or national guard status, or who has retired from active duty or reserve or national guard status, shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student and, while continuously enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification if the person has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona that, for the purposes of this section, includes at least one of the following:
    1. Registration to vote in this state.
    2. An Arizona driver license.
    3. Arizona motor vehicle registration.
    4. Employment history in Arizona.
    5. Transfer of major banking services to Arizona.
    6. Change of permanent address on all pertinent records.
    7. Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status.
  8. A person who, while using educational assistance under 38 United States Code chapter 30 or 33, enrolls in a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board within three years after the veteran’s discharge from active duty service of ninety or more days or within three years after the service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of ninety or more days or who remains continuously enrolled beyond the three-year period following the discharge of the veteran or the service member’s death shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student and does not lose in-state student classification if the person has demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of this state that, for the purposes of this section, includes at least one of the following:
    1. Registration to vote in this state.
    2. An Arizona driver license.
    3. Arizona motor vehicle registration.
    4. Employment history in Arizona.
    5. Transfer of major banking services to Arizona.
    6. Change of permanent address on all pertinent records.
    7. Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status.
  9. A person who is a member of an Indian tribe recognized by the United States department of the interior whose reservation land lies in this state and extends into another state and who is a resident of the reservation is entitled to classification as an in-state student.

  10. A person who has participated in the AmeriCorps program or the volunteers in service to America program for at least one year in this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student.

Arizona Law (ARS §15-1804) Presumptions relating to student status; definition
  1. Unless the contrary appears to the satisfaction of the registering authority of the community college or university at which a student is registering, it shall be presumed that:
    1. No emancipated person has established a domicile in this state while attending any educational institution in this state as a full-time student, as such status is defined by subsection B for community college students or as defined by the Arizona board of regents for university students, in the absence of a clear demonstration to the contrary.
    2. Once established, a domicile is not lost by mere absence unaccompanied by intention to establish a new domicile.
    3. A person who has been domiciled in this state immediately prior to becoming a member of the armed forces of the United States shall not lose in-state status by reason of such person’s presence in any other state or country while a member of the armed forces of the United States.
  2. For the purposes of this section, “full-time student” means a community college student who registers for at least twelve semester hours per semester at a community college in this state.
Arizona Law (ARS §15-1805.01) Admissions; enrollments; community colleges
  1. Admissions to the community colleges in this state may be granted to any person who meets any one of the following criteria:
    1. Is a graduate of a high school that is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States office of education or approved by a state board of education or other appropriate state educational agency.
    2. Has a high school certificate of equivalency.
    3. Is at least eighteen years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college.
    4. Is a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.
  2. Each community college district shall adopt policies regarding the admission of students under eighteen years of age that include, at a minimum, student completion of course prerequisites and the following requirements:
    1. Admission to the community colleges in this state shall be granted to any student who is under eighteen years of age and who achieves one of the following:
      1. A composite score of 93 or more on the preliminary scholastic aptitude test.
      2. A composite score of 930 or more on the scholastic aptitude test.
      3. A composite score of twenty-two or more on the American college test.
      4. A passing score on the relevant portions of the Arizona instrument to measure standards test.
      5. The completion of a college placement test designated by the community college district that indicates the student is at the appropriate college level for the course.
      6. Is a graduate of a private or public high school or has a high school certificate of equivalency.
    2. A community college may limit the number of semester hours in which the student may enroll to not more than six credit hours.
  3. Homeschooled students are exempt from subsection B of this section.
  4. Students who enroll in vocational courses may be admitted on an individual basis with the approval of college officials if the student meets the established requirements of the courses for which the student enrolls and the college officials determine that the student’s admission is in the best interest of the student.