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Residency and Citizenship or Lawful Status, and Compliance at SMCC

If you are new to SMCC and the Maricopa County Community College District, establishing residency and citizenship or lawful status is vital, because tuition varies according to residency classification.

A student new to SMCC who enrolls via my.maricopa.edu is considered out-of-state until proof of residency and citizenship or lawful status is established. This must be done through the SMCC Student Enrollment Services Office.

For the Maricopa Community Colleges, tuition is based on three residency classifications. The following categories were determined in accordance with state law (ARS 15-180115-180215-1802.0115-1803) and regulations of the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board (AR 2.2):

  1. Maricopa County Resident—an individual who has lived in Maricopa County for 50 days AND lived in the State of Arizona for at least one year prior to class start who is also a U.S. Citizen or in a lawful status.
  2. Out-of-County Resident—an individual who does not live in Maricopa County or has not lived in Maricopa County for 50 days prior to the start of the semester, BUT has lived in any other county in Arizona except Apache or Greenlee AND in the State of Arizona for at least one year prior to class start, who is also a U.S. Citizen or in a lawful status.
      NOTE: According to ARS §15-1469, if the County Superintendent of Schools certifies that you are a resident of a county in Arizona which is not a part of an established community college district, Apache or Greenlee counties will pay the tuition for you to attend one of the state community colleges. You must complete and submit the Arizona Out-of-County Residence Affidavit form, available from the SMCC Student Enrollment Services Office.
  3. Out-of-State Resident (including F-1 non-immigrant students)—any individual who has not lived in the State of Arizona for at least one year prior to class start or who is not eligible to establish residency.

It is up to the student to establish his/her residency and citizenship or lawful status prior to registration, and register under the correct status.

Proof of residency and citizenship or lawful status must be provided to each college of attendance. Documentation must be provided prior to the end of the term in which residency classification is being requested. Documentation received after the end of the term will be used for residency determination in subsequent terms.

There are four convenient ways to submit your Student Declaration paperwork to SMCC:

1.  Email a scanned copy of documents to: admissions@southmountaincc.edu

2.  Mail the forms to:

SMCC Registration & Records, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ 85042-5806

3. Fax forms to:

Student Declaration, 602.243.8199

4. Bring forms in person to the SMCC Registration & Records Office.

Business hours during the Fall and Spring Semesters are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Business hours during the Summer are:

  • Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed

For additional information, visit www.maricopa.edu or call 602.243.8123.