Ohio Residency for Tuition

As a state-assisted institution, The Ohio State University is obligated to comply with the law established by the Ohio legislature and the Ohio Department of Higher Education in order to assess tuition costs and verify residency status for each Ohio State student.

What is Ohio Residency for Tuition?


Students classified as Ohio residents for tuition purposes receive a state-supported education through a tuition subsidy, funded in-part by Ohio taxpayers. The Residency Guidelines are intended to exclude students from the Ohio residency classification who are in the state of Ohio primarily for the purpose to receive education.

To be classified as an Ohio resident for tuition purposes, a student must meet guidelines for residency as defined by the State of Ohio Legislature and the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The Ohio State University Residency Guidelines are established by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, which is the planning and coordinating agency for higher education in the state of Ohio. Note: the term "resident" for tuition purposes may differ from other definitions of Ohio residency.

Ohio State is not empowered to alter or waive these state regulations, and must enforce their provision for all students under all personal and/or financial considerations.

To see if you quality for in-state tuition, please take our Residency Questionnaire.

Deadlines:

  Online Residency Form Available Priority Deadline* Final Deadline
Autumn June 1 August 1 First Friday of Classes
Spring October 15 December 15 First Friday of Classes
Summer March 1 April 15 First Friday of Term

Initial tuition and fee due dates for each semester / term can be viewed on the Academic Calendar.

*The Online Residency Form and any documents requested that are submitted after the Priority Deadline are not guaranteed to be processed by the fee payment deadline. The final deadline must be met in order to have your residency request reviewed for the specified term. You are still responsible for the payment of all of your fees, including non-resident charges, even if a decision has not been rendered by the fee payment deadline.

  • Get Started:
  • Step 1: Read the guidelines below.

    Step 2: Read the Frequently Asked Questions below.

    Step 3: Review the Deadlines above.

    Step 4: Take the Residency Questionnaire to see if you may qualify for in-state tuition.

    Step 5: Complete the Online Residency Form (ORF) on your My Buckeye Link. For help, select the step-by-step instructions based on a "Current Student" or "Applicant."

    Step 6: Confirm that your current and permanent address in your My Buckeye Link are your Ohio address.

  • Selective Service Registration and In-State Tuition:
  • Students who are required to register with the United States Selective Service and have not done so are not eligible for state of Ohio’s tuition subsidy. This is from the Ohio Revised Code, Section 3345.32 that became effective September 25, 1986.

    Almost all males living in the United States who are between the ages of 18 and 26 are required to register. For more information on who must register, please visit the Selective Service website.

    All male students who are required to register through the Selective Service must provide their Selective Service Registration Number to The Ohio State University. If a student who is a resident of the State of Ohio fails to provide his Select Service Registration Number to Ohio State, it will result in the assessment of non-resident fees. Students are expected to make full payment (including non-resident fees) by their appropriate payment due date. Payment deadlines may not be waived or extended if a student is waiting to receive their Selective Service Registration Number, so be sure to register in a timely manner.

    If a student needs to register or to look up his registration number, visit the Selective Service System’s website.

    Note: College Credit Plus / Academy / Metro students are required to provide their selective service number upon turning 18 years of age.

    Submit your Selective Service Registration Number below:

Guidelines

In order to receive the state of Ohio subsidy for tuition purposes, you would have to show that you meet the qualifications set by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) in the Ohio Administrative Code, Chapter 3333-1-10 and Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3333.31. Below you will find a simpler breakdown of these guidelines. The following letter and number designations in each subsection correlates to the specific guidelines of the Ohio Administrative and/or Revised Codes.

  • Graduate of an Ohio High School (Forever Buckeye) - known as Residency Classification C-7
  • Residency Classification C-7 applies to students who:

    -graduated from an Ohio high school while a resident of Ohio for the state subsidy and tuition surcharge purposes and has established a current residence in Ohio

    Residency Classification C-7 does NOT include students who:

    -are GED recipients

    -or have graduated from an Ohio high school, but has yet to establish residence in Ohio

    -or were not a resident of Ohio for the state subsidy and tuition surcharge purposes when they graduated from an Ohio high school

  • Military Member (including spouses/dependents) - known as Residency Classification C-4, C-5, C-6, E-2, E-3, E-8
  • Residency Classification C-4 applies to students who:

    -are a veteran who lives in Ohio and is able to show that he/she had one or more years of active duty serves as well as receiving honorable or medical discharge related to military service

    -or are a spouse or dependent of a veteran who lives in Ohio and is able to show that he/she had one or more years of active duty service as well as receiving honorable or medical discharge related to military service

    -or are a spouse or dependent living in Ohio of a veteran who was killed while serving on active duty, has been declared to be missing in action or is a prisoner of war

    -are a spouse or dependent of a veteran who is deceased after discharge who have established domicile in accordance with this division.

    Residency Classification C-4 does NOT include students who:

    -are a military member that will not be discharged by the first day of the term (see Residency Classification E-2 or E-3)

    -a spouse or dependent of a veteran that does not live in Ohio

    Residency Classification C-5 applies to students who:

    -are a veteran who is the recipient of federal veterans’ benefits under the “All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program”, “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Program”, or any successor program if the veteran meets all following criteria:
    1. The veteran served at least ninety days or active duty.
    2. The veteran enrolls in a state institution of higher education, as defines in section 3345.011 of the Revised code.
    3. The veteran lives in the state as of the first day of a term of enrollment in the state institution of higher education.

    Residency Classification C-5 does NOT include students who:

    -are a military member that will not be discharged by the first day of the term (see Residency Classification E-2 or E-3)

    -or a spouse or dependent of a veteran that does not live in Ohio.

    Residency Classification C-6 applies to students who:

    -live in Ohio and are able to show that he/she are the recipient of the federal “Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry” scholarship or transferred federal veterans’ benefits under any of the programs listed in paragraph (C)(5) of this rule

    Residency Classification C-6 does NOT include students who:

    - are a military member that will not be discharged by the first day of the term (see Residency Classification E-2 or E-3)

    Residency Classification E-2 applies to students who:

    -are active duty military while maintaining Ohio for all legal purposes as their place of residence

    -or are a spouse or dependent of an active duty military member that maintains Ohio for all legal purposes as their place of residence

    Residency Classification E-2 does NOT include students who:

    -are no longer active duty military (see Residency Classification C-4)

    -are active duty military, are not a resident of Ohio, but are currently stationed in Ohio (see Residency Classification E-3)

    Residency Classification E-3 applies to students who:

    -are active duty military currently stationed in Ohio

    -or dependent upon an active duty service member currently stationed in Ohio

    Residency Classification E-3 does NOT include students who:

    -are no longer active duty military (see Residency Classification C-4)

    -or are currently on active duty military and are from the state of Ohio (see Residency Classification E-2)

    Residency Classification E-8 applies to students who:

    -are currently enlisted in the Ohio National Guard

    -or are a spouse or dependent of an Ohio National Guard Member.

    Residency Classification E-8 does NOT include students who:

    -are currently enlisted in the National Guard from a state other than Ohio

    -or are a spouse or dependent of a National Guard member enlisted in a state other than Ohio

  • Financially Independent Students
  • Residency Classification C-2 applies to students who:

    -have been living in Ohio for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which he or she is applying (this is known as a twelve-month review period)

    -AND have not left the state of Ohio for more than thirty days total, no more than two weeks at a time throughout their twelve month review period

    -AND are financially self-sustaining throughout their twelve month review period

    -AND have changed all of his or her state specific documents to Ohio, including but not limited to: driver’s license or state ID, voter registration, and vehicle registration.

    Residency Classification C-2 does NOT include students who:

    -have not lived in Ohio for a full twelve consecutive months

    -left Ohio during the twelve month review period for more than two consecutive weeks or more than thirty days total

    -are financially dependent or receiving financial assistance with expenses from someone else; this includes tuition and education expenses

    Residency Classification E-1 applies to students who:

    -are employed in Ohio on a self-sustaining basis (if the student has dependents, then the self-sustaining amount will increase)

    -AND have employment minimally covering all living expenses (rent, food, utilities, transportation, insurance, cell phone, etc.)

    -AND have tuition that can be covered by employment and/or financial aid packages solely in student’s name

    -AND are enrolled less than full-time (undergraduate-less than twelve credit hours; graduate-less than eight credit hours)

    -AND has not been a resident of Ohio for at least twelve consecutive months

    Residency Classification E-1 does NOT include students who:

    -or a student who is enrolled full-time

    Note: A student who is requesting reclassification under the Residency Classification E-1 is required to complete the Online Residency Form each term. Once a student has lived in Ohio for twelve consecutive months, he or she may then be eligible under Residency Classification C-2.

  • Financially Dependent Students
  • Residency Classification C-1 applies to students who:

    -have been claimed by a parent or legal guardian on their Federal Income Tax Return for the most recent tax year

    -AND whose parent/legal guardian have lived in Ohio for the previous twelve consecutive months and have all of their state specific documents from Ohio, including but not limited to: driver’s license or state ID, voter registration, and vehicle registration

    -or are dependent upon a spouse, who have lived in Ohio for the previous twelve consecutive months, filed Ohio Income Tax Return for the most recent tax year and have all of his/her state specific documents from Ohio, including but not limited to: driver’s license or state ID, voter registration, and vehicle registration

    Residency Classification C-1 does NOT include students who:

    -are dependent on a parent, legal guardian, or spouse who have not lived in Ohio for at least twelve consecutive months (see Residency Classification C-3)

    Residency Classification C-3 applies to students who:

    -have been claimed by a parent, legal guardian, or spouse on his or her Federal Income Tax Return for the most recent tax year
    - whose parent, legal guardian, or spouse has accepted full-time, self-sustaining employment prior to the start of the term in which applying
    - whose parent, legal guardian, or spouse have not lived in Ohio for the previous twelve consecutive months and have all of their state specific documents from Ohio, including but not limited to: driver’s license or state ID, voter registration, vehicle registration

    Residency Classification C-3 does NOT include students who:

    -are dependent upon a parent, legal guardian, or spouse who have accepted full time/self-sustaining employment after the start of the term for which the student is applying

    Note: A student who is requesting reclassification under Residency Classification C-3 requires completing the Online Residency Form each term until the submissions have covered a full, twelve-month cycle. After this time, Ohio Residency will be granted and no additional documentation will be required.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • General
  • What if I believe I was incorrectly classified as a non-resident upon admission?
    Contact us via email at registrar@osu.edu or by calling us at 614-292-8877.

    How do I change my residency status?
    You will need to apply online through your My Buckeye Link (current student) or Applicant Center (applicant to Ohio State). The directions can be found under the Ready to Apply section.

    Can I request reclassification to change my residency status prior to enrolling for the term?
    If you are applying for a term in which you are enrolled, you may be able to apply early depending on your path to residency. If you are applying as a “Forever Buckeye” or "Military Veteran/Dependent (not active duty)" you are able to apply for residency reclassification earlier than the date given in the deadlines above. Students pursuing "independent," "dependent" or "active military" must apply no earlier than the date the online residency application becomes available.

    Where do I find the status of my residency application?
    You will want to follow steps one through three when you are on the Online Residency form, found below on the section Ready to Apply. This will take you to your document list for the requested term. Your "Student Residency Status" will appear at the top of the page.

    What do the different application status types mean?
    Documents Requested: This status will appear once you have completed the Online Residency Form, which can be found below in the section Ready to Apply, and remain until all the requested documents have been received.

    Ready for Review: This status will appear once all of the items on your document list have been received. This means that your application is ready to be processed, and a processor will be reviewing it within ten business days.

    Review in Progress: This status will appear once your request is being reviewed by a processor.

    Pending Additional Info: This status will appear if any additional documents are needed to complete your request. Please be sure to read the section labeled "notes to student" (under your document list) for more detailed information.

    Approved: This status will appear if your request has been approved according to the guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

    Approved – Conditional: This status will appear if your application was approved based on the Residency Classification C-3 (you need to submit the Online Residency Form each term of enrollment until your spouse, parent or legal guardian (that you are dependent upon) has submitted documentation for a full, twelve-month cycle), or Residency Classification E-1 (you need to submit the Online Residency Form each term to obtain your Ohio residency status; once you have lived in Ohio for a full, twelve-month cycle, you may consider applying under the Residency Classification C-2).

    Denied: This status will appear if your request has been denied according to the guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. An explanation of exactly why you were denied will be listed in the "Notes to Student" section of the Online Residency Form.

    Canceled: This status will appear if you have not submitted the requested documents by the published deadline for the specified term.

    What is the definition of domicile for residency purposes?
    Domicile establishes that a legal tenancy exists (your name on a lease or mortgage).

    How important is it that I obtain an Ohio driver license or register to vote in Ohio?
    Obtaining an Ohio driver license and registering to vote in Ohio demonstrates your intent to make Ohio your state of residence.

    Will I automatically become a resident for the tuition subsidy once I have live in Ohio for a year?
    No. Any student who has been classified as a non-resident must request reclassification as a resident and meet the established requirements.

    If I am currently working full-time in Ohio, am I eligible for the tuition subsidy?
    If you are employed on a full-time or part-time basis AND are financially self-sustaining, you may be eligible under one of the financially independent guidelines.

    Where can I find a notary?
    If you require notary services, please contact Student Legal Services or Buckeye Link for further assistance. Off-campus notary services may be available at your local bank, post office, or UPS store.

  • Graduate of an Ohio High School (Forever Buckeye)
  • What documentation do I need to submit to apply for residency under Graduates of an Ohio High School (Forever Buckeye)?
    Signed copy of the final Ohio high school transcript showing date of graduation and at least entirety of senior year coursework.

    I received a GED in Ohio, does Forever Buckeye apply to me?
    No, you must have graduated from an Ohio high school or completed the final year of instruction at home as authorized under section 3321.04 of the revised code.

  • Military Member (including spouses / dependents)
  • What documentation do I need to submit to apply for residency under Military Member (including spouses / dependents)?
    -Residency Classification C-4: Member 4 copy of DD-214; with at least one year of active duty with honorable character of service or medical discharge.
    -Residency Classification C-5 and C-6: Contact the Military and Veterans Services office.
    -Residency Classification E-2: Current LES with Ohio listed as the state of taxation.
    -Residency Classification E-3: Active duty orders listing Ohio as station.
    -Residency Classification E-8: Ohio National Guard enlistment papers - working copy 2.

    How does being in the military affect my (or my dependents) residency?
    With the implementation of the “Ohio Promise” there are a number of opportunities for service members and their families. Please review the "Military Member" section of this page for more information.

    For more information on Ohio’s commitments, please visit the Ohio Department of Higher Education website.

  • Financially Independent Students
  • What documentation do I need to submit to apply for residency under Financially Independent Students?
    -Residency Classification C-2: Your documentation list will be customized based on your application results, but may include items such as: most recent year federal and Ohio tax filings (if appropriate); proof of residence (lease, HUD settlement statement for purchase, housing contract); sources of eligible funding (common examples could be pay stubs, invoices, loans in student's name, financial statements, Ohio source public assistance, child support / alimony, inheritance, savings if not from Ohio for past 24 months); Ohio driver's license or state ID; Ohio voter registration; Ohio vehicle registration; proof of citizenship or eligible visa (if appropriate). Note: this list is not comprehensive.
    -Residency Classification E-1: Your documentation list will be customized based on your application results, but may include items such as: proof of residence (lease, HUD settlement statement for purchase, or housing contract); proof of employment (recent pay stubs, letter from employer, 1099); past four (4) months of sources of eligible funding (common examples may include: pay stubs, invoices, loans in student’s name, financial statements, OH sourced public assistance, child support/alimony, inheritance, savings if not from Ohio for past 24 months); Ohio driver’s license or state ID; proof of citizenship or eligible visa (if appropriate). Note: this list is not comprehensive.

    What income sources are ineligible for helping me establish in-state residency as a financially independent student?
    The following are examples of income sources, if received within the 12-month period preceding the semester residency reclassification is desired, that would make a student ineligible for residency:
    a. Any direct or indirect support from persons (including family) or entities
    b. PLUS loan money taken out by the student’s parents
    c. "Personal loans" or monies that do not come from:
    - grants or scholarships
    - loans from legitimate financial institutions
    - loans from the federal government
    d. Savings that have not been in an account in your name for at least a year prior to your 12 month review period
    e. Financial aid that required you to be a resident of another state
    f. Credit card debt
    g. Loans or gifts from family or friends that assist with living or tuition expenses regardless if the person is an Ohio resident, or not

    If I am employed and being paid cash (IE: tip income, babysitting), is this income eligible for residency?
    Employment income earned as cash is only eligible for residency if it is subject to Ohio taxation. It is the responsibility of the student to provide proof that the income has been subject to Ohio taxation, otherwise it is ineligible income.

    If I am paying Ohio taxes, does this automatically qualify me for the tuition subsidy?
    Not necessarily. If you are trying to establish residency in Ohio, paying taxes in Ohio is an indicator of your intent to become an Ohio resident. However, you must meet all of the residency criteria to be eligible for residency for tuition purposes.

    If I own property or a business in Ohio, but live in another state, does that make me (or my dependents) eligible for the tuition subsidy?
    No. The state guidelines do not grant residency to individuals or their dependents solely on the basis that they own property or a business in Ohio.

    I work full-time but receive money from my parents - am I financially independent and self-sustaining?
    No, receiving money from sources other than what is mentioned in the C-2 documentation listing is considered receiving a financial benefit by the state of Ohio, which is not permissible under state guidelines.

    My family owns a home in Ohio that I live in rent free, but beyond that I support all of my expenses - am I financially independent and self-sustaining?
    No, living rent-free is viewed by the state as receiving a financial benefit, which is not permissible under state guidelines. Rental agreements between the owner of the property and the tenant need to be financially binding and rent needs to be commensurate with market value.

    I intend to rent from my parents / reside with a family member. Will this disqualify me from residency classification?
    Renting from and / or residing with a family member is highly discouraged when seeking residency reclassification. This circumstance will be thoroughly investigated to ensure that the student is not receiving a financial benefit. Students will be required to show legal rental agreements that are financially binding between themselves and the owner of the property, and the rent needs to be commensurate to fair market value. The legal rental agreement needs to accurately and completely describe the living situation (including roommates, for example). It is the responsibility of the student to be able to provide documentation to verify that this is not seen as a financial benefit.

    I am currently on a family plan for my phone / health insurance / auto insurance. Will I still be eligible to apply as an independent for residency classification?
    Remaining on a family plan is highly discouraged when seeking residency reclassification. In order to meet the criteria for an independent classification, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are paying the cost of the bill that is associated to this service. It is also the responsibility of the student to provide sufficient documentation to verify that this is not seen as a financial benefit. If on a family phone plan or car insurance plan, the student is responsible to pay the bill holder (not provider) the associated cost of the phone line/car insured used by the student. The student should reimburse this individual on a monthly basis the same time the bill is due. If the student is on a health insurance plan that is currently being paid for by a family member, the student is responsible to pay the bill holder (not provider) the difference in cost from the individual plan to the plan the student is currently on. If there are other dependents on this plan, the cost may be divided by the amount of dependents.

    Am I able to use ineligible savings at any point during my review period?
    The only exceptions permitted in using ineligible savings that are still in your possession/control (as in, this money has not been earned and deposited from another individual into your account directly before use), is at the beginning of the term prior to aid disbursement or for an exceptional unexpected one-off expense (such as a major car repair). If this ineligible money is to be used, we would expect to see the student reimburse themselves with eligible money once this becomes available.

    Can my parents pay for my plane ticket as a gift?
    If a student is applying under the independent classification, it is the student's responsibility to purchase all plane tickets used during the review period, regardless of when the ticket was purchased.

    Ohio Leave Pre-Approval Request
    A student who is planning to attend a unique, internship, co-op, or educational experience exceeding the two consecutive week maximum, must appeal through the Ohio Leave Pre-Approval form. If the experience gained through the internship, co-op, or educational experience could also be achieved in Ohio, the appeal may not be approved. This request must be submitted and approved prior to leaving for the internship, co-op, or educational experience.

  • Financially Dependent Students
  • What documentation do I need to submit to apply for residency under Financially Dependent Students?
    -Residency Classification C-1: Student driver’s license or state ID; parent/spouse driver’s license or state ID; parent/legal guardian/spouse most recent federal and Ohio tax filings where you were listed as a co-filer, listed as a spouse if filing separately, or claimed as a dependent; parent/spouse proof of residence; marriage certificate (if appropriate).
    Residency Classification C-3: Student driver’s license or state ID; parent/Spouse driver’s license or state ID; parent/legal guardian/spouse most recent federal and Ohio tax filings where you were listed as a co-filer, listed as a spouse if filing separately, or claimed as a dependent; parent/spouse pay stubs; parent/spouse employment letter; parent/spouse proof of residence (lease, HUD settlement statement for purchase, or housing contract).

    Does marrying an Ohio resident automatically make me a resident?
    Marriage to a person living in Ohio does not automatically make you an Ohio resident for tuition purposes. The person you marry must qualify as a resident for all legal purposes. You would need to complete the Online Residency Form to update this information under Residency Classification C-1.

    If my parents, legal guardian, or spouse moves to Ohio, am I eligible to become a resident?
    You may be eligible under Residency Classification C-3, if you are dependent upon a parent, legal guardian or spouse who is working full-time and has established domicile in Ohio before the beginning of the term for which you are requesting reclassification.

    If I am moving to Ohio to attend The Ohio State University as a graduate student and will be on a fellowship or assistantship, does my spouse qualify under Residency Classification C-3?
    No. To be eligible for instant residency, a student must be dependent upon a spouse or parent who has full-time employment in Ohio. A graduate fellowship or assistantship is not considered full-time employment.

    The student could request reclassification for residency once they have lived in Ohio for twelve consecutive months. At that time, the income earned by the spouse through a fellowship or assistantship could be considered eligible income. (See Residency Classification C-2)

    Can I qualify under someone other than my parent, legal guardian or spouse?
    No. A student cannot base dependency on another relative, fiancée, in-laws, etc. A dependent student may only be reviewed under a guideline through their dependency upon a parent, legal guardian or spouse.

    If my legal guardian is an Ohio resident, will I be considered a resident for tuition purposes?
    The residency guidelines allow students to be considered residents if they have a legal guardian who is an Ohio resident. However, setting up a legal guardianship with an Ohio resident in order to qualify for residency is not permitted. The burden of proof is upon the student to show that a legal guardianship was not arranged in order for the student to gain residency. In general, the expectation will be that the legal guardianship has been in effect for at least twelve months, and that the student has been financially dependent upon the legal guardian during that time. The student's relationship and involvement with his or her parents will also be a consideration.

    If my parents move out of Ohio, how is my residency affected?
    The state residency guidelines have two "grandfather clauses" to address this:

    - If your parents are Ohio residents and move out of the state while you are an enrolled resident student at The Ohio State University, you will continue to be classified as a resident through the completion of one degree program, provided that you maintain continuous full-time enrollment (at least autumn and spring terms). If you apply for a second degree program (i.e. graduate or professional school), your residency will be reviewed and you will have to meet the residency criteria on your own.

    - If you are a dependent student applying for admission to The Ohio State University and your Ohio resident parents move out of the state, you will be considered a resident as long as you enroll within twelve months of the date your parents physically moved out of Ohio. A student would then have to maintain continuous full-time enrollment (at least autumn and spring terms). Students will be required to submit proof of when their parents sold their home in Ohio (or ended an apartment lease) and physically left Ohio in addition to when their employment ended in Ohio. When a parent physically leaves Ohio and also ends his or her employment are both factors in determining when a parent has left Ohio and the twelve-month period begins for which a student must enroll.

    My parents are divorced, but one of them lives in Ohio. Would I still qualify for the tuition subsidy?
    As long as a dependent student has one parent who has been an Ohio resident for at least the twelve months immediately preceding enrollment, he or she will be considered a resident whether or not the student actually lived in Ohio. (See Residency Classification C-1)

    I have lived in Ohio my entire life except for the past couple of years. Do my dependents and I still qualify for the tuition subsidy?
    The cumulative time a person has lived in Ohio is not relevant. If the person has been away from Ohio for more than the twelve months immediately preceding enrollment, he or she will not maintain his or her residency status for the tuition subsidy. However, a student may qualify if he or she graduated from an Ohio high school. (See Residency Classification C-7)

  • Immigration Status and Visa Types
  • How do I know if I hold an eligible visa status?
    Eligible Visa Types to Apply for Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes:
    -Permanent Resident Alien
    -Political Asylee
    -Political Refugee
    -A-1; A-2; A-3
    -E-1; E-2; E-3
    -G-1; G-2; G-3; G-4; G-5
    -H1-B; H1-C; H2-B; H-3; H-4*
    -I
    -L-1A; L-1B; L-2*
    -O-1; O-2; O-3*
    -P-1; P-2; P-3; P-4*
    -R-1; R-2*
    -TC; TD; TN
    -U-1; U-2; U-3*; U-4
    -V-1; V-2*; V-3*

    Non-Eligible Visa Types to Apply for Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes:
    -B-1; B-2; BW
    -F-1; F-2*
    -J-1; J-2*
    -K-1; K-2*; K-3; K-4*
    -M-1; M-2*

    *Indicates a dependent visa status

    To be eligible, the immigration documentation that you provide must be current. A dependent student must also hold an eligible visa status. If a student currently holds an ineligible visa but has paid to adjust his or her visa status through the Department of Homeland Security, and once processed will have an eligible visa status, he or she will need to submit the receipt of an eligible visa type prior to submitting the Online Residency Form.

    If you have received approval for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, you may be eligible to apply for Ohio residency for tuition purposes. Please visit here for more information regarding this process.

  • Resources
  • Ohio Administrative Code

    Ohio Revised Code

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