Residency at The University of Alabama is determined by the Office of the Registrar. The University of Alabama does include specific residency polices as they relate to veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors including the implementation of The Choice Act, Section 702. Specific information on veteran, service member, dependents, and survivors residency can be found in the Residency for Tuition Purposes Policy, a copy of which (as of July 2020) is found below.  For questions please contact the Office of the Registrar.

The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs does not determine residency.

Residency for Tuition Purposes

Provisions below include the “Choice Act” Legislation as well as other State Law provisions for military affiliated students.

Veterans and Members of the United States Armed Forces

For purposes of admission and tuition, The University of Alabama shall consider that the term “resident student” includes any of the following:

  1. One who, at the time of registration, satisfies one of the following conditions:
    1. Military personnel on active duty, along with their spouse or dependent child(ren), who are either stationed in Alabama for reasons other than attending school or whose State of Residence on their Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) is Alabama;
    2. Has been a member of the Alabama National Guard for a period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the academic term in which the student qualifies for resident tuition, and continues to be a member of the Alabama National Guard while enrolled at the The University of Alabama;
    3. Is receiving or entitled to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI-Bill® or Montgomery GI-Bill® programs, or other federal law authorizing veterans’ educational benefits, and is physically present in the state of Alabama (as evidenced by documentation of one’s physical address in Alabama while enrolled) and satisfies at least one of the following conditions:
      1. Beginning with the Fall 2015 semester: A Veteran who enrolls within 3 years of receiving an honorable discharge, from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more;
      2. Beginning with the Fall 2015 semester: A spouse or dependent child using transferred benefits who enrolls within 3 years of the transferor’s honorable discharge, from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more;
      3. Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester: A spouse or dependent child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship;
      4. Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester: A spouse or dependent child using benefits transferred by a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
    4. Is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States, not eligible under subsection 3 above, provided that the veteran is physically present in the state of Alabama (as evidenced by documentation of one’s physical address in Alabama while enrolled) and satisfies at least one of the following conditions:
      1. The veteran has served on active duty for a continuous period of time, not less than 2 years, and has received an honorable discharge as verified by a United States Department of Defense Form 214 within 5 years of enrolling at The University of Alabama;
      2. Has been a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States for a period of at least 2 years immediately preceding the academic term in which the student qualifies for resident tuition and continues to be an active drilling member of their respective Reserve Unit while enrolled at The University of Alabama;
      3. The veteran has been assigned a service-connected disability by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.
  2. To be eligible for resident tuition as provided for in subsection A, and to maintain eligibility, the student shall:
    1. Have secured admission to and enrolled full-time or part-time at The University of Alabama
    2. Maintain full-time or part-time enrollment at The University of Alabama
    3. Satisfy the admission and retention standards at The University of Alabama
  3. A student who has previously met the requirements of this section shall continue to be classified as a resident student as long as the qualifying student maintains physical presence in the State of Alabama while enrolled at The University of Alabama. If an individual provided for in subsection A is released or discharged dishonorably, such release shall be grounds for revocation of in-state resident status for tuition purposes.

Learn more about residency for tuition purposes.