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Residency for Tuition Purposes

The requirements to establish residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency such as voting and holding public office. Residency for tuition purposes is determined by information you provide on your application to NMSU for admission or for readmission. A continuing student classified as a non-resident who has satisfied the requirements to establish residency may submit a Petition for In-State Residency Tuition Classification along with the required supporting documentation to the Office of University Student Records. Petitions must be filed on or before the third Friday of the beginning of the semester.

You are eligible to petition for residency for tuition purposes if you: 1) are a U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents who is 2) financially independent as indicated by being over 23 years of age and not claimed by parents or guardians on federal income tax return, and 3) can provide documentation of having resided in New Mexico for the past 12 consecutive months may be eligible to petition for residency for in-state tuition purposes. Any act considered inconsistent with New Mexico residency, such as a voter registration in a different state, holding and/or maintaining a driver’s license in a different state, or holding and/or maintaining motor vehicle registration in a different state, or paying in-state tuition at a college or university in a different state will cause your resident classification to denied.

Students participating in certain tuition reciprocity discount programs may NOT begin to establish residency until they have discontinued participation in the discount program for twelve consecutive months. Applicable tuition reciprocity discount programs are: Texas 135-mile radius, Colorado-Arizona, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), and Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) [5.7.18 NMAC].  

For more information, see the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s Residency Requirements.

To petition for New Mexico residency for tuition purposes, download the Residency Packet to get started.