RESIDENCY STATUS FOR TUITION PURPOSES

It is the students responsibility to check their residency status and provide appropriate documentation in a timely fashion.
 
Student residency status is determined from residency information provided on the:
         Application for Admission

 

 
Definitions are based on New Mexico State Law and guidelines have been established for all New Mexico institutions by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. All changes to residency are administered through the San Juan College Records Office. Requests for a change in residency classification should be completed before the first day of classes for that term. Additional information is available in the Office of Admissions and Records.
 
Residency determination procedures apply only to U.S. citizens or students on an immigration type visa. Only a U.S. citizen or permanent visa student can establish New Mexico residency. Non-citizen students will be charged tuition in accordance with international student guidelines.
 

Residency Appeals Procedure

See current catalog
 

Deadlines for Requesting Residency Change of Status

It is recommended that requests for a change in residency classification be completed before the first day of classes for that term. All requests, complete with documentation, must be received according to the following deadline schedule.
Semester                      Deadline
Fall Semester                Third Friday of the Semester
Spring Semester           Third Friday of the Semester
Summer Semester         Second Friday of the Semester
 
Failure to submit the required paperwork by the deadline dates will result in the student being classified as a non-resident student for that semester. Change of residency status is not retroactive.
 

Special Residency Status

  • Students who are members of an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo located wholly or partially in New Mexico, regardless of the state of residence of the student; may qualify for resident tuition. Must provide Certificate of Indian Blood to receive resident tuition. Note: Form must be submitted no later than the start date of the term in which the student is attending in order to be charged resident tuition for that term (see current schedule of classes for term start dates). Failure to submit form by term start date will result in non-resident tuition rates for that term).
  • Colorado residents residing in counties that border New Mexico (Montezuma, Archuleta, LaPlata, Dolores, and San Juan counties) may apply for the Colorado-New Mexico reciprocal tuition exchange program. The student must be eligible for resident tuition in Colorado to be eligible for this program. To qualify students must complete the Colorado New Mexico Student Exchange Application. Note: Form must be submitted no later than the start date of the term in which the student is attending in order to be charged resident tuition for that term (see current schedule of classes for term start dates). Failure to submit form by term start date will result in non-resident tuition rates for that term).
  • Senior citizens (65 or over) are charged a reduced tuition waiver for the first 6 credit hours per semester.
  • The spouse or dependents, of persons who have moved to New Mexico and can provide documentation of permanent full-time employment may be eligible for a waiver of the 12-month durational requirement. Other conditions must be satisfied. See the registrar for additional information. New Mexico Residency Based on Full-Time Employment Note: Form must be submitted no later than the start date of the term in which the student is attending in order to be charged resident tuition for that term (see current schedule of classes for term start dates). Failure to submit form by term start date will result in non-resident tuition rates for that term).
  • Any person, his or her spouse or dependent child, not otherwise entitled to claim residence who is a member of the armed forces of the United States or armed forces of a foreign country assigned to active duty in the state of New Mexico will be assessed resident tuition rates.
  • Active duty New Mexico National Guard members shall be deemed a resident resident for purposes of determining tuition.
 
The student is responsible for contacting the Admissions and Records Office 505-566-3545 and completing all required paperwork for consideration of resident tuition under one of the “special residency conditions” described above.