Mesa Community College is required to comply with Arizona House Bill 2008 (HB2008). Guidelines from the State of Arizona explicitly state our responsibilities in establishing residency and eligibility requirements for all students. View the guidelines here.
Until you show proof of residency to the college we are required to charge out-of-state tuition prices.
To qualify for in-state tuition and state financial assistance students must provide documentation as proof of lawful presence in the United States and fill out a form based on their specific circumstance. In order to prove Lawful Presence, a student must submit one of the documents from the acceptable documentation list found either on the second page of the Student Declaration of Citizenship/Status form or on our District website.
Establishing Residency is a Two-part Scenario
Part 1: Verification of Citizenship status due to Lawful Presence (HB2008) passed in 2009. The state requires students to submit the Student Declaration Form and the proper documentation to the colleges and universities within Arizona to be in compliance. If additional documentation is required a Domicile Affidavit can be obtained at the Enrollment Center on the Southern & Dobson Campus or at Enrollment Services on the Red Mountain Campus.
Part 2: Verification of Residency for students establishing residency from out of state/out of country to in-state status. A Domicile Affidavit form and a combination of one year's continuous documentation submitted to the Enrollment Center on the Southern & Dobson Campus or at Enrollment Services on the Red Mountain Campus for review due on or before the first day of the semester.
Submit Your Documents to Either Location
Mail: to MCC Admissions/Records, Attention Legal Status, 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202
In person: Virtual services only at this time due to COVID-19 closure
Protecting your Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
PII refers to information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, either alone or when combined with other personal or identifying information that is linked or linkable to a specific individual. More complete information is available here.
House Bill 2008 (HB2008)
Passed by the Arizona legislature in 2009, it stipulates that everyone must provide evidence that they are eligible to receive local, state or federal public benefit, including in-state tuition. The law requires that those who are cannot provide such evidence pay the out-of-state tuition rate which is now $327 per credit hour. While those who are eligible, and can provide documentation before the deadline, will be charged the in-state tuition rate of $85 per credit hour.
The current Tuition Rates can be found on the Cashier's Services website on the left side of the screen.