Becoming a Nevada Resident
Nevada Resident and Reduced Tuition Programs
A non-resident who enrolls in an institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) shall continue to be classified as a non-resident student throughout the student's enrollment, unless the student demonstrates that his/her previous residence has been abandoned and that the student is a Nevada Resident. Residency of dependent students is established by the domicile of parents or guardians. As long as students remain dependent on non-resident parents or guardians, they cannot qualify for resident status. Residency of an independent student will generally be established by their physical domicile and residency in Nevada for at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of matriculation.
If a transfer student is coming from a NSHE institution and it appears that the student is considered Out of State:
A student can show Nevada Residency by asking their NSHE institution to write a letter (on school letterhead) stating they took classes at their institution and were considered a Nevada resident while they were in attendance. They can fax the letter to admissions and records at (775) 784-1025. Please ensure your full name and student ID are on the letter. Once we have received the letter, your tuition in MyNEVADA will reflect in-state residency.
A student is considered a "Resident" of the state of Nevada for tuition purposes under the following conditions:
- An enrollee or graduate of a Nevada high school.
- A member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Nevada as a permanent duty assignment, pursuant to military orders, or the spouse, family or legal guardian of such a person.
- A student who is financially dependent upon a family member or legal guardian who has been a resident of the state of Nevada 12 months prior to the first day of instruction of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.
- A student who is financially independent and has established residence in the state of Nevada for a minimum of 12 months prior to the first day of instruction of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.
- A financially independent person who has relocated or transferred to Nevada specifically for the primary purpose of permanent full-time employment or to establish a business in Nevada, or the spouse, or dependents of such a person.
- A student who has been classified as an in-state resident by another NSHE institution.
- For full details about Nevada Residency please visit the Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4 Chapter 15: Regulations for Determining Residency and Tuition Charges
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Please go to Non-resident Reduced Tuition Programs for the most up-to-date information.
Child of Alumni reduced tuition program is no longer available. Students already on a Child of Alumni reduced tuition program must not have a break in enrollment (fall and spring semesters) to remain on the program. Once a student has a break in enrollment, the student will be moved to an Out of State tuition program.
Reduced Non-Resident Tuition Program Restrictions
Students who attend the university in a Good Neighbor, WUE or Alumni reduced tuition program shall not be reclassified as a resident student unless the student has been subsequently enrolled as a non-Good Neighbor, non-Alumni or non-WUE non-resident student for at least 12 months immediately prior to date of application for reclassification to resident student status.
This program is no longer available. If you currently enrolled as Good Neighbor you must remain continuously enrolled for the regular semesters in order to retain the reduced tuition benefit. If there is a break in enrollment, you will lose Good Neighbor and will not be eligible to receive it again and the student will be moved to an Out of State tuition program.
Changes to Nevada Residency Policy
The Board's following action applies retroactively only to students who were new to the Nevada system Fall 1995 through Spring 2004 Semester.
On January 30, 2004, the Board of Regents unanimously approved an amendment that would bring its residency requirements in line with Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS 396.540). Nevada law states that individuals whose families (defined as natural or adoptive parent or legal guardian) reside in Nevada may gain resident status if the family has established bona fide residency in Nevada at the date of the student's matriculation. Individuals whose families live outside of the state may gain resident status if the individual has been a bona fide resident of the state of Nevada at least twelve months prior to matriculation.
- Visit the "Residency" section on the forms page for the necessary forms.