American Indian Residency

American Indian Residency for Tuition Purposes

Board of Regents R512 Policies and Procedures

R512, Determination of Resident Status
The Utah System of Higher Education has identified persons who are eligible for “resident” status for tuition purposes. American Indian, Military Service members, Military veterans, Spouses of Utah residents, and those persons in Olympic training programs are examples of those that may qualify. To review the complete policy, please click on the hyperlink above. Continue reading below for the policy regarding American Indian residency for tuition purposes.

R512-1. Purpose: To define “resident” student for purposes of tuition in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).

R512.7 “Membership of an American Indian Tribe” Exception to Establishing Resident Student Status.

7.1. Any American Indian who is enrolled on the tribal rolls of a tribe whose reservation or trust lands lie partly or wholly within Utah or whose border is at any point contiguous with the border of Utah is entitled to be granted resident student status.

7.2. Any American Indian who is a member of a federally recognized or known Utah tribe and has graduated from a Utah high school is entitled to be granted resident student status.

7.3. A list of recognized tribes will be maintained by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and distributed to all campus residency officers.

According to the University of Utah Office of Admissions, American Indian students applying for Utah resident status for tuition purposes must provide a copy of their Tribal Nation’s citizenship (e.g. certificate of blood). If the student is a citizen of a Federally Recognized Tribe (other than the nine listed below) and attended a Utah high school, a copy of the Utah high school diploma is also needed to qualify. Students from Tribal Nations that are eligible for this policy include:

  • Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
  • Navajo Nation (Diné)
  • Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie)
  • Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)
  • Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah
  • Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation
  • Hopi
  • Zuni
  • Shoshone-Bannock

If you are classified as a Nonresident but feel you should qualify for resident status, you may submit a “Certification for Resident Exception for Tuition Purposes” with the appropriate supporting documents to the Office of Admissions at Please apply by the appropriate term deadline: Summer deadline is April 1, Fall deadline is July 1, and Spring deadline is November 1. For residency questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 801-581-8761, then select option 5 for the residency staff or email