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Students enrolling at Kirkwood are classified as residents or nonresidents of Iowa, or as international students, for admission and tuition purposes by the collegeís One Stop office.

The college definition requires 90 consecutive days of residency within the state for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card) prior to the start of enrollment. Students who come to the state of Iowa for the purpose of attending college will remain at nonresident status. Residency status is established at the start of the student's program and does not change until completion of the program.


Determination of Residency Status
To determine resident or non-resident residency, the primary determination is the reason a person is in the state of Iowa. The second determination will be the length of time a person has resided in Iowa. If a person is in the state primarily for educational purposes, that person will be considered a non-resident. To determine international residency, if a person holds an F-1 or J-1 student visa status, the residency classification is international.  The International Programs office may require written documents or copies of passports, visas and other immigration documents to determine status. The burden of establishing the reason a person is in Iowa for other than educational purposes rests with the student.

The Registrar or International Programs office may require written documents, affidavits or other related evidence deemed necessary to determine why a student is in Iowa. The burden of proof is on the student.

A student will be required to file at least two of the following to documents about his/her purpose for being in Iowa. No two documents may come from the same source:

  1. Written and notarized documentation from an employer that the student is employed in Iowa or a signed and notarized statement from the student describing employment and sources of support
  2. Iowa state income tax return
  3. Iowa driverís license
  4. Iowa vehicle registration card
  5. Iowa voter registration card
  6. Proof of Iowa Homestead credit on property taxes

In all events, to be determined a resident of Iowa, the individual must document residing in the state of Iowa for at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the first term for which he/she is enrolling, and not be enrolled in any Iowa college or university.


Residency of Minor Dependent Students
The domicile of a minor shall follow that of the parent with whom the minor resides.

A financially dependent student whose parents move from Iowa after the student is enrolled remains a resident provided the student maintains continuous enrollment. A financially dependent student whose parents move from Iowa during the senior year of high school will be considered a resident provided the student has not established domicile in another state.

A student who has been a continuous student and whose parents move to Iowa may become a resident at the beginning of the next term provided the student is dependent upon the parents for a majority of financial assistance.


Residency of Students Who are Not Citizens of the United States

  1. A person who has an F-1 or J-1 visa status, and his or her spouse or dependents, are classified with international residency status. Note that J-1 visa holders exhibiting a non-student category on their DS-2019 will be classified as a resident or non-resident in the same manner as a US citizen. Also note F-2 dependents and tourist visa holders are not eligible to enroll due to legal requirements of their visa status.
  2. A person who has immigrant status, and his or her spouse or dependents may establish residency in the same manner as a U.S. citizen.
  3. A person who has non-immigrant status and who holds a non-student visa, and his or her spouse or dependents may establish residency in the same manner as a U.S. citizen.
  4. A person who is a refugee or who is granted asylum by an appropriate agency of the U.S. must provide proof of certification of refugee or asylum grantee status. A person may be accorded resident status for admission and tuition purposes when the person comes directly, or within a reasonable time, to the state of Iowa from a refugee facility or port of debarkation and has not established domicile in another state. Any refugee or individual granted asylum not meeting these standards will be presumed to be a non-resident and subject to the usual method of proof of establishment of Iowa residency.

Residency of Veterans, Federal Personnel and Dependents
A person and his/her spouse who has moved into the state of Iowa as the result of military or civil orders from the federal government and the minor children of such persons is entitled to residency status. A military service veteran who was a resident of the state of Iowa prior to entering the service shall be classified as a resident if the veteran returns to Iowa upon separation from service and his/her separation papers are filed with the county recorder. It is Kirkwood's policy that all veterans who have served active duty, for purposes other than training, will be awarded resident tuition upon certification of this status by the VA certifying official.