University Registrar

Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes

Independent Students (C-2 Guidelines)

 

Can I request reclassification to change my residency status prior to enrolling for the term?

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

What are the requirements for establishing Ohio residency for tuition purposes?

If I own or have the use of a car, am I financially responsible for the upkeep, gas, and insurance?

What types of income sources are not eligible for helping me establish in-state 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?

How important is it that I obtain an Ohio driver's license or register to vote in Ohio?

I am currently trying to establish residency. How does leaving Ohio for the summer or any period for an internship, study abroad etc. affect my residency application?

What if I leave the state of Ohio for an extenuating circumstance that exceeds the two consecutive week or thirty day total maximum?

Can I use savings, mutual funds, stocks, etc. as "income" for establishing residency during my 12-month residency review period?

 

Can I request reclassification to change my residency status prior to enrolling for the term?

No. In order to process your Online Residency Form, you will need to be registered for the term in which you are requesting reclassification to change your residency status.

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.

What are the requirements for establishing Ohio residency for tuition purposes?

In general, a student must demonstrate that they meet all of the following criteria:

1. The student is expected to live in Ohio for a full, twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the term for which they are requesting reclassification for residency. The expectation is that the student should not be absent from the state any longer than two consecutive weeks or a total of thirty days during the twelve-month review period (this includes semester breaks, spring break, and summer break).

2. The student should demonstrate their intent to become an Ohio resident by transferring any items of registration to Ohio such as a driver's license, automobile registration, and voter registration (if applicable).

3. The student must demonstrate that during the twelve-month period while establishing residency, they have had sufficient income to meet all expenses. Documentation of income sources used during the twelve-month period is required.

If I own or have the use of a car, am I financially responsible for the upkeep, gas, and insurance?

Yes. Students are responsible being financially capable of paying for the upkeep, gas, and insurance of a car they either own or have the use of during their residency review period.

What types of income sources are not eligible for helping me establish in-state residency?

- Support from other individuals

- Undergraduate PLUS loan money (these types of loans are taken out by the student's parents)

- Personal loans (loans not from a financial institution)

- Loans with a co-borrower

- Savings accounts that are not in your name

- Savings that have not been in your account at least one year prior to the start of your review period

- Financial aid that required you to be a resident of another state in order to receive it

- Credit card debt

 

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 request reclassification as a resident. (See the Guidelines)

How important is it that I obtain an Ohio driver's license and other Ohio state specific documents?

The Ohio Department of Higher Education guidelines are meant to exclude from residency those who are only in Ohio for educational purposes. A student needs to change all of their state specific documents to Ohio, including but not limited to; driver’s license or state ID, voter registration, and vehicle registration. Transferring these items of registration is a way to show that you intend to become an Ohio resident.

I am currently trying to establish residency. How does leaving Ohio for the summer, or any period of time, for an internship affect my residency application?

The expectation is that students who are in the process of establishing their residency are physically living in the state of Ohio for the twelve consecutive months prior to the term for which they are requesting reclassification. Leaving the state for the summer or for any length of time longer than a two week period seriously jeopardizes your claim to Ohio residency for tuition purposes.

A student, who is planning to attend a unique, once-in-a-lifetime internship, co-op, or educational experience exceeding the two consecutive week maximum, must appeal through the Ohio Leave Pre-Approval Request form. If the experience gained through the internship 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.

Students must also maintain their home in Ohio while out-of-state for the internship. If documentation cannot be provided, then the absence will cause a denial of a residency reclassification request.

Any income earned during the internship in another state is not eligible towards residency.

What if I leave the state of Ohio for an extenuating circumstance that exceeds the two consecutive week or thirty day total maximum?

The expectation is that students who are in the process of establishing their residency are physically living in the state of Ohio for the twelve consecutive months prior to the term for which they are requesting reclassification. Leaving the state for any length of time longer than a two week period or thirty day total seriously jeopardizes your claim to Ohio residency for tuition purposes.

A student, who is planning to leave the state exceeding the two consecutive weeks maximum or thirty day total, must appeal through the Ohio Leave Pre-Approval Request form. Students must also maintain their home in Ohio while outside of the state. If documentation cannot be provided, then the absence will cause a denial of a residency reclassification request.

Can I use savings, mutual funds, stocks, etc. as income for establishing residency during my twelve month residency review period?

Yes. Eligible funds are based on:

1. The funds were in the student's account twelve months prior to the start of the student's twelve-month review period.

2. The funds are solely in the student's name and in control of the funds exclusively.

Eligibility of the account(s) and final determination will be decided by the Office of the University Registrar if a name other than the student's is on the account.

To calculate the amount of your savings usage, the balance from your most recent bank statement will be subtracted from your bank statement at the start of your twelve-month review period. This is the amount that you can list for "savings/mutual funds/stock usage".

 

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