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Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes

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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 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?

I am currently considered a resident of Ohio. How is my residency affected if I leave the state?

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?

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

If I am currently working full-time in Ohio, am I eligible for the tuition subsidy?

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 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)

I am currently considered a resident of Ohio. How is my residency affected if I leave the state?

If you leave the state for longer than twelve months, your residency will likely be in question. It is important to consider future residency implications when planning a move or extended stay outside of Ohio.

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)

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 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 the E-1 Guideline. (See the E-1 Guidelines)

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 residency reclassification as a resident through the Online Residency Form. (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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