Becoming a Nevada resident
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 Nevada System of Higher Education (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.
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 their previous residence has been abandoned and 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.
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, tuition in MyNEVADA 2.0 will reflect in-state residency.
How to apply for Nevada residency
The University of Nevada, Reno residency application is required to be submitted no later than the second Friday before the start of the term in which the student seeks to be classified as a Nevada resident for tuition purposes.
Students have 30 days from the date their application for Nevada residency was denied to submit an appeal. All appeals are due the Friday before classes start to be considered for the current term.