The Board of Regents establishes Nevada residency for tuition purposes regulations. For admitted degree-seeking graduate students, your residency status is determined at the time of admission to a degree-seeking program and is indicated in your official Letter of Admission from the Graduate College. Non-degree-seeking graduate students will generally be classified as out-of-state until and unless Nevada residency is determined via the residency application process. If your residency status is not “Nevada,” you will be assessed out-of-state tuition.
If YES, GO TO # 2
If NO, STOP HERE. You will not qualify for Nevada residency unless you have official asylum or refugee status, or a permanent or temporary resident alien card, or hold an approved immigration petition because of marriage to a U.S. citizen.
If YES, did you receive reduced tuition benefits under *WUE or **Good Neighbor? If NO, GO TO #3
If YES, you may qualify for Nevada residency if you are able to provide proof that you have made a permanent relocation to Nevada. GO TO #3 to see if you may qualify for Nevada residency.
*WUE: This is a reduced tuition benefit program for undergraduates only. This benefit is not available to graduate students.
**GOOD NEIGHBOR: This is a reduced tuition benefit program for students who are residents of specific counties not located in Nevada.
If you, your spouse, parent, or legal guardian answered YES to ONE of the above questions, you may qualify for Nevada residency. Please complete the Nevada Residency Application for the corresponding letter (CATEGORIES A–I) for which you responded YES and submit it with all the required documentation.
If you did not answer YES to any question in #3:
If YES to both questions, you may qualify for Nevada residency. GO TO # 4.
If NO to any of the questions above questions, STOP HERE. You will not qualify for Nevada residency at this time. To be considered for Nevada residency, your most recent income tax return must be filed from a Nevada address and your current and valid Nevada driver’s license or vehicle registration or voter’s registration card or identification card must be at least 12 months old.
If you answered YES to any four of the above questions, you may qualify for Nevada residency. Please complete the Nevada Residency Application for Category K: Financially Independent and submit it with all required documentation.
If you are not Financially Independent
If you answered YES to all three of the above questions, you may qualify for Nevada residency for tuition purposes. Please have your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) complete the Nevada Residency Application for Category J: Financially Dependent and submit it with all the required documentation.
STOP HERE if you were claimed as a dependent and you did not answer YES to all three of the questions above. You will not qualify for Nevada residency under the Financially Dependent category at this time. Under this category, your spouse, parents, or legal guardian must have lived in Nevada for the past year; filed an income tax return from Nevada; claimed you as a dependent; hold a current and valid Nevada driver’s license or vehicle registration or voter’s registration card or identification card that is at least 12 months; and be able to provide four different pieces of evidence showing that they have resided in Nevada for at least one year at the time your Nevada Residency Application is submitted.
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To apply for residency, download and complete the Nevada Residency Application (PDF). Please send the completed application and ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION to:
UNLV Office of Admissions
Attn: John Jacobs/Graduate Student Residency Applications
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1021
Campus Location: Student Services Complex, Building B (SSC-B)