UAB Residency Determination and Appeal Process
UAB students are governed by the Board of Trustees' Non-Resident Tuition Policy, which addresses non-resident tuition, certification of residency status by campus officials, and establishment of campus procedures to administer an appeals process. The following guidelines implement certain provisions of the Board policy.
The Office of the Registrar, the Graduate School, and the admissions/registration offices of the professional schools, as appropriate, are designated as the offices empowered at UAB to determine and certify "resident" or "non-resident" student status. These offices are responsible for documenting each residency status evaluation and for maintaining the records used to substantiate that evaluation. As the provisions of Section II. 3 of the Board policy indicate, "though certification of an address and intent to remain in the state indefinitely are prerequisites to establishing status as a resident, ultimate determination of that status shall be made by the institution by its evaluation of the presence or absence of connections with the state of Alabama." However, meeting the specific criteria included in Section II of the Board policy may not in all circumstances result in certification as a "resident student." All facts and circumstances surrounding a person’s residency determination are considered, and no one fact is determinative. Also, according to the provisions of the Board policy, UAB has been given the authority to expand, and has by separate Board resolution expanded, the definition of "resident student" to encompass all the categories in Sections III. A and III. B of the Board policy. In general, international students who have not been issued a U.S. resident alien card may not be considered for residency status for tuition purposes, unless they hold a graduate assistantship or fellowship and meet certain criteria. International students who have been issued a U.S. resident alien card will be considered for residency status for tuition purposes in the same manner as are U.S. citizens. Initial residency determinations are made at the point of admission to UAB. This initial determination may be appealed in writing by the student to the appropriate residency officer by the posted deadline. Decisions made by the residency officer may be appealed in writing by the student to the University Registrar who may, at his or her discretion, convene a review committee composed of appropriate UAB officials. Students may appeal the Registrar’s decision to the Vice Provost for Administration and Quality Improvement.