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Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes

Dependent Students & Documentation

 

Can I request residency reclassification for a prior term and receive a refund if I can show I was a resident at that time?

Does marrying an Ohio resident automatically make me a resident?

If my parents or my spouse moves to Ohio, am I eligible to become a resident?

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 the C-3 Guideline?

Can I qualify under someone other than my parent, legal guardian or spouse?

If my legal guardian is an Ohio resident, will I be considered a resident for tuition purposes?

If my parents move out of Ohio, how is my residency affected?

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?

My parents are divorced, but one of them lives in Ohio. Would I still qualify for the tuition subsidy?

How does being in the military affect my (or my dependents) residency?

If I am employed and being paid cash (ie: tip income, babysitting), is this income eligible for residency?

If I am paying Ohio taxes, does this automatically qualify me for the tuition subsidy?

Will I automatically become a resident for the tuition subsidy once I have lived in Ohio for a year?

I own property or a business in Ohio, but live in another state. Does that make me (or my dependents) Ohio residents for tuition purposes?

 

Can I request residency reclassification for a prior term and receive a refund if I can show I was a resident at that time?

No. The state guidelines prohibit retroactive residency decisions. You must complete the Online Residency Form and submit any requested documentation by the deadline for the term in question in order to be reviewed for residency for that term. Please be sure to review the deadlines.

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 the C-1 Guidelines.

If my parents or my spouse moves to Ohio, am I eligible to become a resident?

You may be eligible under the C-3 Guidelines, 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 the C-3 Guidelines?

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 C-2 Guidelines)

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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

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 C-7 Guidelines)

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 C-1 Guidelines)

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 Members section of the website for more information.

For more information on Ohio’s commitments, please visit the Ohio Higher Ed website at: https://www.ohiohighered.org/veterans.

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. (See the Guidelines)

Will I automatically become a resident for the tuition subsidy once I have lived in Ohio for a year?

No. Any student who has been classified as a non-resident must apply for reclassification as a resident. (See the Guidelines)

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.

 

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