Residency Application for Admission & Tuition

General Information:

Students requesting to be classified as an Iowa resident for admission and tuition purposes must complete the residency application form after fulfilling the residency requirements. These guidelines are part of the Iowa Administrative Code, Section 681-1.4 (Chapter 1, pg. 4) and published in the Iowa State University course catalog. 

You may contact residency classification with questions regarding residency:

                                          Iowa Residency Email                                                          Denise Timberland                 
                                                                                                                                        515-294-0767
                                          iowaresidency@iastate.edu                                                 dtimber@iastate.edu                

For currently enrolled students, you may set up an appointment with a residency classification official through EAB within your AccessPlus account should you have any questions about the residency classification process.

Application Information:

Download the residency application form, which can be completed on your computer. Note that it requires your signature and date.

Students who meet the criteria outlined below for gaining Iowa residency must complete and submit the application and required documentation by the 15th day of classes of the term for which they are applying.

Submit residency applications along with documentation via email to iowaresidency@iastate.edu (preferred submission process).                                              *Redact any SSN information before emailing for security purposes.

Applications may also be submitted in person or via mail delivery:

Iowa State University
Office of the Registrar
010 Enrollment Services Center
2433 Union Drive
Ames, IA  50011-2011
FAX: 515-294-1088

Requirements for Gaining Iowa Residency:

  • Live in Iowa 12 consecutive months, including a summer, and meet the following criteria during those 12 months:
    • If you are a student at any institution of higher education, you must be enrolled half-time or less;
      • For undergraduate students: Enrolled in 6 credits or less for fall term, 4 credits or less for winter session, 6 credits or less for spring term, and 4 credits or less for summer term.
      • For graduate students: Enrolled in 5 credits or less for fall term, 5 credits or less for spring term, and 4 credits or less for summer term.
    • Must be employed in Iowa at least 30 hours per week (with State of Iowa taxes withheld from every paycheck);
    • Must file Iowa resident income taxes (Note. Even if only a partial year the first year, depending on when residency process began);
    • Must not be claimed anymore on anyone else’s taxes for year that residency process begins and every year thereafter;
    • Must get an Iowa driver's license;
    • Must register to vote in the State of Iowa; and
    • If you own a vehicle, it must be registered in the State of Iowa.

Required Documentation:

  • Lease or purchase agreement showing name and Iowa address;
  • Monthly pay stubs to verify 30 hours of employment per week;
  • Copy of the most recent Iowa resident income tax return; and
  • Copy of the Iowa driver's license.

For Residency Classification Due to a Parent Moving to the State of Iowa:

Students who are requesting Iowa residency due to a parent having moved to Iowa must complete and submit the application and required documentation by the 15th day of classes of the term for which they are applying.

Required Documentation from Parent(s):

  • Lease or purchase agreement showing parent name and Iowa address;
  • Letter of employment verifying offer of employment or dates of employment;
  • Copy of parent’s most recent federal income tax return showing student as dependent;
  • Copy of parent’s most recent Iowa resident income tax return –OR-
  • Notarized statement verifying that the move to Iowa is full-time/permanent and intent to file Iowa resident income taxes; and
  • Statement of what steps have been taken to cut ties with previous state (e.g., entire household moving from previous state, sale of home in other state, end of employment in other state, etc.).