University Registrar

Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes

Financially Independent Students

 

C-2

For students who are financially independent and have established residence in Ohio.

The ODHE Guideline States:

“A person who has been a resident of Ohio for the purpose of this rule for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding his or her enrollment in an institution of higher education and who is not receiving, and has not directly or indirectly received in the preceding twelve consecutive months, financial support from persons or entities who are not residents of Ohio for all other legal purposes.”

 

C-2 applies to:

All must be met:

 

  • - A student who has 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 their twelve month review period); AND
  • - A student who has 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
  • - A student who has been financially self-sustaining throughout their twelve month review period; AND
  • - A student who has 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.

C-2 does not apply to:

  • - A student who has not lived in Ohio for a full twelve consecutive months.
  • - A student who has left Ohio during the twelve month review period for more than two consecutive weeks  or more than thirty days total.
  • - A student who is financially dependent or receiving financial assistance for expenses from someone else. This includes tuition and educational expenses. (See Financially Dependent Students).
  • - A student who for all legal or tax purposes is the resident of a state other than Ohio.

Important Note

A student, who is planning to attend a unique, once-in-a-lifetime internship or educational experience or has an extenuating circumstance taking them outside of Ohio exceeding the two consecutive week maximum, must appeal through the Ohio Leave Pre-Approval Request. This request must be submitted and approved prior to leaving the state. If the experience gained through the internship or educational experience could also be achieved in Ohio, the request may not be approved.

Think you may qualify? Use the Online Residency Form through your Applicant Center or My Buckeye Link to request reclassification. If you need help on how, please click here.

 

E-1

For less than full-time students who are employed full-time or part-time while establishing residency in Ohio.

The ODHE Guideline States:

“A person who is living and is gainfully employed on a full-time or part-time and self-sustaining basis in Ohio and who is pursuing a part-time program of instruction at an institution of higher education shall be considered a resident of Ohio for these purposes.”

 

E-1 applies to:

**E-1 Guideline Requirements Have Changed**

 

ALL MUST BE MET:

 

  • - A student who is employed in Ohio on a self-sustaining basis; AND
  • - Employment minimally covers all living expenses (rent, food, utilities, transportation, insurance, cell phone, etc.); AND
  • - Tuition can be covered by employment and/or financial aid packages solely in student’s name. (View ‘Common Questions’ section for specifics)
  • - Enrolled less than full-time (Undergraduate Student - less than twelve credit hours of enrollment; Graduate Student - less than eight credit hours of enrollment); AND

 

Note: If the student has dependents, then the self-sustaining amount will increase.

E-1 does not apply to:

  • - A student who is enrolled as a full-time student.

Important Note

A student who will be requesting reclassification under this guideline will need to complete the Online Residency Form each term. Once a student has lived in Ohio for twelve consecutive months, he or she may be eligible under the C-2 Guidelines.

Think you may qualify? Use the Online Residency Form through your Applicant Center or My Buckeye Link to request reclassification. If you need help on how, please click here.

 

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