For purposes of assessing tuition, applicants for admission shall be classified in one of three categories as outlined below:
A Resident Student shall be charged the in-state tuition rate established by the ACCS Board of Trustees.
A Resident Student is an applicant for admission who is a citizen of the United States or a duly registered resident in the State of Alabama for at least 12 months immediately preceding application for admission or whose non-estranged spouse has resided and had habitation, home, and permanent abode in the State of Alabama for at least 12 months immediately preceding application for admission. Consequently, an out-of-state student cannot attain Resident Student status simply by attending school for twelve months in the State of Alabama.
In the case of minor dependents seeking admission, the parent(s) or legal guardian of such minor dependent must have resided in the State of Alabama for at least 12 months immediately preceding application for admission. If the parents are divorced, residence will be determined by the residency of the parent to whom the court has granted custody.
MINOR: An individual who because of age, lacks the capacity to contract under Alabama law. Under current law, this means a single individual under 19 years of age and a married individual under 18 years of age, but excludes an individual whose disabilities of non-age have been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction for a reason other than establishing a legal residence in Alabama. If current law changes, this definition shall change accordingly.
SUPPORTING PERSON: Either or both parents of the student, if the parents are living together or if the parents are divorced or living separately, then either the parent having legal custody or, if different, the parent providing the greater amount of financial support. If both parents are deceased or if neither has legal custody, supporting person shall mean, in the following order: the legal custodian of the student, the guardian, and the conservator.
In determining Resident Student status for the purpose of charging tuition, the burden of proof lies with the applicant for admission.
A. Students participating in the Southern Regional Electronic Campus (or any successor organization) shall be considered Resident Students for tuition purposes.
B. An individual claiming to be a resident shall certify by a signed statement each of the following:
- A specific address or location within the State of Alabama as his or her residence.
- An intention to remain at this address indefinitely.
- Possession of more substantial connections with the State of Alabama than with any other state.
C. Though certification of an address and an intent to remain in the state indefinitely shall be prerequisites to establishing status as a resident, ultimate determination of that status shall be made by the institution by evaluating the presence or absence of connections with the State of Alabama. This evaluation shall include the consideration of all the following connections:
- Consideration of the location of high school graduation;
- Payment of Alabama state income tax as a resident;
- Ownership of a residence or other real property in the state and payment of state ad valorem taxes on the residence or property;
- Full-time employment in the state;
- Residence in the state of a spouse, parents, or children;
- Previous periods of residency in the state continuing for one year or more;
- Voter registration and voting in the state; more significantly, continuing voter registration in the state that initially occurred at least one year prior to the initial registration of the student in Alabama at a public institution of higher education;
- Possession of state or local licenses to do business or practice a profession in the state;
- Ownership of personal property in the state, payment of state taxes on the property, and possession of state license plates;
- Continuous physical presence in the state for a purpose other than attending school, except for temporary absences for travel, military service, and temporary employment;
- Membership in religious, professional, business, civic, or social organizations in the state;
- Maintenance in the state of checking and savings accounts, safe deposit boxes, or investment account;
- In-state address shown on selective service registration, driver’s license, automobile title registration, hunting and fishing licenses, insurance policies, stock and bond registrations, last will and testament, annuities, or retirement plans.
Students determined to be eligible for resident tuition will maintain that eligibility upon re-enrollment within one full academic year of their most previous enrollment unless there is evidence that the student subsequently has abandoned resident status for example, registering to vote in another state. Students failing to re-enroll within one full academic year must establish eligibility upon re-enrollment.
A non-resident student, one who does not meet the standard of having resided in the State of Alabama for at least 12 continuous months immediately preceding application for admission, shall be charged the in-state tuition rate established by the State Board of Education if the student satisfies one of the following criteria, or, if the student is a dependent (as defined by the Internal Revenue Code), then the person supporting the student satisfies one of the following criteria under the following circumstances:
- The student or the person(s) supporting the student is a full-time permanent employee of the institution at which the student is registering; OR
- The student or the person(s) supporting the student can verify full-time permanent employment in Alabama and will commence said employment within 90 days of registration; OR
- The student or the person(s) supporting the student is a member of the United States military on full-time active duty stationed in Alabama under orders for duties other than attending school, as required by ACT 2013-423; OR
- The student or the person(s) supporting the student is an accredited member of a consular staff assigned to duties in Alabama.
The student is eligible for in-state tuition if the student resides outside of Alabama in a state and county within 50 miles of a campus of the Alabama Community College System institution which the student plans to attend, provided, however, that the campus must have been in existence and operating as of October 1, 2008. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DESIGNATIONS ARE BY CAMPUS AND NOT BY INSTITUTIONS.
Any applicant for admission who does not fall into one of the categories noted above shall be charged a minimum tuition of two times the resident tuition rate charged by that institution.
Students initially classified as ineligible for resident tuition will remain that classification for tuition purposes until they provide documentation that they have qualified for resident tuition.