Requirements for proof of Iowa residency are established for community colleges by the Iowa Department of Education.

Please note that a student cannot be a resident of two states at the same time. If your home is in another state and you are living in Iowa for the purpose of attending school, you are a resident of your home state and not a resident of Iowa.

You will be considered a resident of Iowa for DMACC tuition and fee purposes if you are:

Permanently domiciled in Iowa (not living in Iowa primarily for educational purposes); and 

Have resided here for a period of not less than ninety (90) days prior to the first day of the semester in which you will be attending; and

You provide supporting documentation issued/dated on or before the appropriate date on the timeline below to prove your Iowa residency (See list of acceptable documents under Application Process below).

If you are classified as an out-of-state student, it is your responsibility to submit the appropriate documents needed to prove Iowa residency. In-state residency status is not automatically changed after a certain period of time. If you seek to be reclassified after the term begins, your new classification will be effective beginning with your next term of enrollment. In no case will the reclassification to residency status be made retroactive for tuition and fee purposes; even if you could have previously qualified for residency status had you applied.

You may download the 'request for residency' form, complete it, and provide two of the listed items. This must be submitted before the first day of the semester for which you are applying.

This documentation can be turned into the Admissions Office or any DMACC campus. It will be reviewed by the Registrar. Once the decision has been made, you will receive notification of the outcome. If you have additional questions about the admissions process, please contact a DMACC Admissions Representative at 800-362-2127 ext. 7337 or 515-965-7337 or by email at They will provide answers to your questions and support as needed with the admissions application process.

To check on the status of a submitted residency request, you may contact Debbie Wagner at 515-964-6320, 1-800-TO-DMACC, ext. 6320 or by email at