The New Mexico Higher Education Department defines rules and regulations for establishing residency for tuition purposes. It is authorized by the Constitution of the State of New Mexico and state statues (chapter 235, IE, NMSA 1971 and Section 21-1-4E NMSA 1978) to provide classification for a tuition differential between resident and non-resident students.
An individual must establish legal residency in New Mexico before he or she is entitled to pay in-state tuition rates. The requirements to establish residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency such as voting and holding public office. A brochure that details residency requirements is available from the Office of the Registrar, or from the New Mexico Higher Education Department website.
Residency for tuition purposes is determined by information you provide on your application for admission or for readmission to UNM. A continuing student classified as a non-resident who has satisfied the requirements to establish residency may submit a Petition for In-State Residency Tuition Classification with the Office of the Registrar. The deadline to file a residency petition is the second Friday of each Fall and Spring semester.
If you are financially dependent (i.e. claimed by parents or guardians on federal income tax return) on out-of-state parents or guardians, you are a resident of the state in which the parents or guardians reside.
If you are financially independent (i.e. not claimed by parents or guardians on federal income tax return), and can provide documentation of having resided in New Mexico for the past 12 consecutive months, you may be eligible to petition for residency for in-state tuition purposes.
How do you establish New Mexico residency for tuition purposes?
In general, you must meet the following basic requirements:
Note: Any act considered inconsistent with New Mexico residency, such as voter registration in another state, holding and/or maintaining a driverís license in another state, or holding and/or maintaining a motor vehicle registration in another state, or paying in-state tuition at a college or university in another state, will cause your request for resident classification to be denied.
All requirements must be met before the first day of classes for the semester in which you petition.
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