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Residency Requirements for Fee Assessment

NWACC determines a student's legal residency for tuition at the time of admissions to the college. For all residency classifications, students must be a legal resident on the first day of class for that semester, as well as meeting the six-month residency requirement. 

In-district refers to someone living within the Bentonville/Rogers school district.

Out-of-District or Contiguous refers to someone living in Arkansas, but not within the Bentonville/Rogers school district.  Students who are current residents in Adair and and Delaware counties in Oklahoma, and Barry and McDonald counties in Missouri.

Out-of-State residents refers to someone who has not lived in Arkansas for six consecutive months prior to the first day of class but are citizens or legal residents of the U.S.

Students without a social security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) on file will be classified as out-of- state residents and will be charged the out of state tuition rate, in accordance with Federal Law 8 U.S.C. Section 1623.

International residents refers to an international student if they are not a U.S. citizen or legal resident and have met all requirements as enforced by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

To Reclassify Your Residency

Need to change your residency to adjust your tuition rate? Complete the Tuition Change Form and provide the appropriate documentation to the Enrollment Support Center.  Documentation must contain the following:

  • Student name
  • Student's physical address (no PO Box) with a date at least six (6) months prior to the first day of class (note: changing mailing address does not establish legal residency)
  • Updates to SSN/ITIN information, require presenting your social security card/individual taxpayer identification number card

Residency reclassifications received prior to the "official day" of the semester (tenth class day fall/spring; fifth class day for summer) will update a student's residency for the current semester. Residency reclassifications received after the "official day" will be updated for the next semester. A student's residency will not be lowered for previous semesters.