Residency and Citizenship

Residency and Citizenship

As a student at Gateway Community College it is important to establish residency, citizenship or lawful presence. All new students are considered out-of-state until the proper documentation has been submitted and processed. It is the student’s responsibility to submit all necessary documentation prior to the start of the term. View these guidelines on establishing residency.  

Lawful Presence (HB2008)

In 2009, State law began to require a person who is not a citizen or legal eligible resident of the United States or who is without lawful immigration status is not entitled to classification as an in-state student pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802 or entitled to classification as a county resident pursuant to A.R.S. Section 15-1802.01.

Please review this list of acceptable documentation

Residency Forms

Declaration of Citizenship Status eForm – Form required as part of the admissions process. Certifies a student’s citizenship status and allows Admissions and Records office to establish residency status or provide further instruction.

Independent Domicile Affidavit eForm – Residency appeal for students who can provide documentation to support financial independence and ties to Arizona. 

Dependent Domicile Affidavit eForm – Residency appeal for students who are dependents of Arizona residents and can provide appropriate supporting documentation.