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Application for Residency
Residency Q & A Brochure
correspondence concerning the processing of your residency application
will be sent to your JagMail Email account.
of students, as resident or non-resident, will be determined in accordance
with the following policy and definitions set by an Act of the Alabama
Legislature in May 1996.
1. Resident students are those who:
a. have an intention to remain in the State of Alabama
or the Service Area indefinitely (see #4 below for definition of Service
b. have a specific permanent physical address or location within the
State of Alabama or Service Area as their residence (not a residence
hall or post office box),
c. possess more substantial connections with the State of Alabama
or Service Area than with any other state, and are not in Alabama
or the Service Area for the sole purpose of obtaining an education,
d. are not "minors." However, a student who, at the time
of registration, is a "minor" may obtain resident status
based upon the student's "supporting person."
"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 nonage have been removed by a court of competent jurisdiction
for a reason other than establishing a legal residence in Alabama.
Students declaring residency within the Florida and Mississippi Service
Areas are considered "minors" if they are under 18 years
"Supporting Person." Either or both
of the 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, which may also include court-ordered
responsibility for educational expenses; if both supporting 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.
2. Students may also be considered resident students
a. are full-time employees of the University of
South Alabama (or the spouse of such an employee),
b. can verify full-time permanent employment within the State of Alabama
or Service Area (or is the spouse of such an employee) and will commence
said employment within 90 days of registration at the University of
c. are members (or spouse or dependent of a member) of the United
States military on full-time active duty stationed in Alabama or the
Service Area, or with an official home of record declared as Alabama
or the Service Area,
d. are employed as graduate assistants or fellows by the University
of South Alabama,
e. are accredited members (or spouse of an accredited member) of a
consular staff assigned to duties in Alabama or the Service Area,
f. were enrolled during the Spring Quarter 1996 at the University
of South Alabama and were classified as residents for tuition purposes,
and maintain continuous enrollment every semester excluding summer.
3. All other students not classified as resident students
under paragraphs 1 and 2 shall be deemed to be non-resident students
for purposes of this policy.
4. The following counties in the states of Florida
and Mississippi shall be defined as the University of South Alabama
Service Area. Florida: Escambia, Santa Rosa. Mississippi: George, Greene,
Harrison, Jackson, Perry, Stone.
Applying for residency reclassification
A non-resident student may apply in writing for reclassification
prior to any subsequent registration. In determining whether a student
is in fact a resident student, the student or "supporting person"
must declare on the University of South Alabama Application for Residency
Reclassification, an intention to remain in the State of Alabama or
Service Area. A student must claim residency in either Alabama or the
Service Area, thus all documentation submitted must support the claim
to either Alabama or the Service Area. In addition, the following criteria
must also be met (if the student is basing residency on a "supporting
person," that party must provide the following information):
A. A specific physical address or location within
the State of Alabama or Service Area as the student's residence. (P.O.
Boxes or residence hall addresses cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.)
B. Possession of more substantial connections with
the State of Alabama or Service Area than with any other state shown
by providing the following:
1. Required Connections:
a. Voter Registration card in Alabama or the Service
b. Permanent Physical Address shown on one of the following:
1. Selective Service registration
2. Auto title registration
3. Insurance policies
4. Last Will and Testament
5. Hunting or Fishing license
6. Stock and bond registration
7. Annuities or Retirement plans
8. Driver's License (or official non-driver identification card)
2. In addition three of the following are required
to support proof of substantial connection.
a. Graduation from an Alabama or Service Area high
school (high school transcript or diploma) or GED taken in Alabama
or Service Area
b. Proof of current employment in Alabama or the Service Area (e.g.
most recently completed tax return/pay stub showing Alabama or Service
Area income taxes paid/letter from current employer on company letterhead,
including hiring date/notarized letter from current employer, including
c. Ownership of a residence or real property in the Alabama or Service
Area (include proof of ad valorem taxes paid)
d. Spouse/parent/child currently residing in Alabama or Service Area
e. Previously lived in Alabama or Service Area (provide documentation)
f. Possession of an Alabama or Service Area license to do business
or practice a profession in the state or service area (copy of license)
g. Ownership of personal property in Alabama or Service Area, payment
of taxes on property, possession of Alabama or Service Area license
plate (auto title or tag receipt of current year)
h. Maintenance of checking account, savings account, safety deposit
box, or investment account (copy of check, statement or letter from
i. Membership in religious, professional, business, civic, or social
organizations in Alabama or Service Area (provide letter on organization
letterhead from organization officer or current membership card/certificate).
(Example: public library card in Alabama or Service Area is acceptable)
For U.S. Citizens, the Office of the Registrar of the
University of South Alabama will have the responsibility of classifying
students as resident or non-resident. The decision of the Office of
the Registrar may be appealed. However, the student seeking an appeal
will be responsible for requesting the change of residency status and
for presenting competent, written evidence in support of the request
University of South Alabama
Office of the Registrar
390 Alumni Circle, Suite 1100
Mobile, AL 36688
Phone: (251) 460-6251
NOTE: All correspondence
concerning the processing of your residency application will be sent
to your JagMail Email account.
International students with questions concerning residency
should consult with the Office of International Student Services located
in Meisler Hall, Suite 2200. The telephone number is (251) 460-6050.
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