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Residency Determination

Based on the information provided on the college admission application, a residency status (Idaho resident, Asotin County resident, or non-resident) is determined. 

Students who wish to appeal their residency status must complete one of the Residency Determination Worksheets below which is then submitted to the Registrar.  In the event your residency status should change, your updated status will be reflected in your student account statement.

Residency Determination Worksheet - Asotin County

Residency Determination Worksheet - Idaho Resident


Becoming an Idaho Resident

Review the following documents to determine if you are an Idaho resident for fee paying purposes:

Idaho Residency Determination Process

Residency Visual

Idaho Residency Pathway  

Establishing Domicile

Domicile is an individual’s true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation; it is the place where the individual intends to remain and expects to return to when leaving without establishing a new domicile elsewhere.  Residency for a dependent student is based on the domicile of the student’s parent/guardian.  Residency for an independent student is based on the domicile of the independent student or the student’s spouse. 

Domicile may be proved by:

  1. The filing of Idaho state income tax return covering a period of at least 12 months before the term in which the student proposes to enroll as a resident student and permanent full-time employment (30  hours per week, or 120 hours per month) or the hourly equivalent  in Idaho for a period of at least 12 months before the term in which the student proposes to enroll as a resident student; or
  2. Proving at least five of the following type of criteria for 12 months before the term for which residency is sought:
  • Ownership or leasing of a residence in Idaho;
  • Registration and payment of Idaho taxes or fees, other than sales or income tax;
  • Registration to vote in Idaho;
  • Holding an Idaho driver’s license or ID card;
  • Evidence of abandonment of a previous domicile;
  • Establishment of accounts with Idaho financial institutions;

Other similar factors such as:

  1. Enrollment of dependent children in Idaho elementary or secondary schools
  2. Acceptance of permanent employment in Idaho
  3. Documentation of need to care for relative in Idaho
  4. Utility statements
  5. Employment documentation

Important Definitions

A Non-resident student is any student who:

  1. Does not qualify for residency under the above options; or
  2. Attends an Institution with financial assistance from another country or governmental unit or agency thereof, such non-residency continuing for 1 year after completion of the term for which such assistance is last provided; or
  3. Is not a citizen of the United States, unless the student can provide verification of lawful presence in the United States.  “Lawful presence” is verified through the means set forth in Idaho Code, 67-7903.  A non-citizen student who can provide verification of lawful presence in the United States must meet one of the seven pathways to establish residency set forth above.

Continuously Resided means has maintained a physical presence in Idaho for 12 consecutive months.  An independent student must have continuously resided in Idaho for the 12 months prior to the term for which residency is sought.  Evidence of physical presence in Idaho might include:  utility statements; rental agreement; bank statements; documentation from Idaho employer, etc.

Primarily Educational Purposes means enrollment in 12 or more credit hours at an Idaho instituion in any term during the past 12 months.

Armed Forces means the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the reserve forces of those groups and does not include the National Guard or any other reserve force.