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.

Note: this page was last updated on October 15, 2018.

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 November 1 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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 living in Ohio

    AND

    - are able to show that he/she has had one or more years of active duty served and has received either honorable or medical discharge related to military service after that year

    OR

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

    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

    OR

    - 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 apply to 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

    - are 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:

    - the veteran served at least ninety days or active duty

    AND

    - the veteran enrolls in a state institution of higher education, as defines in section 3345.011 of the Revised code

    AND

    - 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 apply to 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

    - are 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 apply to students who:

    - are no longer active duty military (see Residency Classification C-4)

    OR

    - 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

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

    Residency Classification E-3 does NOT apply to 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 apply to 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 - known as Residency Classification C-2, E-1

  • 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 apply to students who:

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

    OR

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

    OR

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

    **Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding eligible income.


    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 apply to students who:

    - are 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 - known as Residency Classification C-1, C-3

  • 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

    - have a 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 apply to 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
    AND

    - have a parent, legal guardian, or spouse has accepted full-time, self-sustaining employment prior to the start of the term in which applying

    AND

    - have a 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.

  • Additional Categories - known as Residency Classification E-4, E-5, E-6, E-7, SB53

  • Employment Transfer Residency Classification E-4 applies to students who:

    - are transferred out of the United States by his or her employer while continuing to maintain an Ohio domicile and filing the Ohio Income Tax for the most recent tax year

    OR

    - are dependent upon a spouse, parent or legal guardian who are transferred out of the United States by their employer while continuing to maintain an Ohio domicile and filing the Ohio Income Tax for the most recent tax year

    Employement Transfer Residency Classification E-4 does NOT apply to students who:

    - are transferred out of the United States, but do not maintain Ohio domicile

    OR

    - are dependent upon a spouse, parent or legal guardian who are transferred out of the United States, but do not maintain Ohio domicile


    Migrant Worker Residency Classification E-5 applies to students who:

    - are a migrant worker within the state of Ohio for at least four months during each year for at least three years prior to the term for which he or she is applying

    OR

    - are dependent upon a spouse, parent or legal guardian who is a migrant worker within the state of Ohio for at least four months during each year for at least three years prior to the term for which he or she is applying

    Migrant Worker Residency Classification E-5 does NOT apply to students who:

    - are not able to document that he or she has been a migrant worker within the state of Ohio for at least four months during each year for at least three years prior to the term for which he or she is applying

    OR

    - are dependent upon a spouse, parent or legal guardian who is not able to document that he or she has been a migrant worker within the state of Ohio for at least four months during each year for at least three years prior to the term for which he or she is applying

    Note: A student who is requesting reclassification under the Residency Classification E-5 may be able to obtain supporting documents through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.


    Community Service Residency Classification E-6 applies to students who:

    - were previously classified as a resident of Ohio and left the state to pursue a community service position at AmeriCorps (VISTA), Teach for America, the Peace Corps and is returning to the state of Ohio after his or her position has ended

    Community Service Residency Classification E-6 does NOT apply to students who:

    - have left the state of Ohio for a community service position, but obtained other employment outside of Ohio once the position has ended

    - have a position with a community service group not listed above


    Marital Hardship Residency Classification E-7 applies to students who:

    - have legally separated from his or her spouse and is returning to the state of Ohio while receiving more than fifty OR cent of his or her support from a parent or legal guardian who is an Ohio resident

    AND

    - are a dependent of a parent or legal guardian who has legally separated from his or her spouse and is returning to the state of Ohio while receiving more than fifty per cent of his or her support from a parent or legal guardian who is an Ohio resident

    Marital Hardship Residency Classification E-7 does NOT apply to students who:

    - have legally separated from his or her spouse and is returning to the state of Ohio but is financially self-sufficient (see Residency Classification E-1 or C-2)

    OR

    - are a dependent of a parent or legal guardian who has legally separated from his or her spouse and is returning to the state of Ohio but is financially self-sufficient (see Residency Classification C-3 or C-1)


    Senate Bill 53 Residency Classification SB53 applies to students who:

    - are employed in Ohio by a business, organization, or government agency located in Ohio

    AND

    - his or her Ohio located employer contracts with The Ohio State University to pay all of the student’s tuition and fees directly to the institution and not to charge or seek any kind of reimbursement from the student for any part of the tuition fee

    Senate Bill 53 Residency Classification SB53 does NOT apply to students who:

    - employer has not set up third party billing with The Ohio State University

    OR

    - employer has set up third party billing with The Ohio State University, but the employer is not located in Ohio
    OR

    - fee authorization originates from The Ohio State University


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. For immediate assistance, chat with us https://registrar.osu.edu/chat.asp.

    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 closing statement from a home purchase).

    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)?
    Please see the Online Residency Form - Documents Requested handout for detailed information.

    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)?
    Please see the Online Residency Form - Documents Requested handout for detailed information.

    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?
    Please see the Online Residency Form - Documents Requested handout for detailed information.

    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 used within the 12-month period preceding the semester residency reclassification is desired, that would make a student ineligible for residency: 
    a. Gifts from family or friends received during or up to 12 months prior to the review period that assist with living or tuition expenses regardless if the person is an Ohio resident, or not
    b. Any direct or indirect support from persons or entities (including family members) for living expenses or a reduction to living cost that is not commensurate to fair market value
    c. Savings that have not been in an account, in your name, for at least 24 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of the term in which you enroll.
    d. Employment income made during or up to 12 months prior to the review period that has not been subjected to Ohio taxation.
    e. PLUS loan money taken out by the student’s parents 
    f. "Personal loans" or monies that do not come from: 
    - grants or scholarships 
    - loans from legitimate financial institutions 
    - loans from the federal government 
    g. Financial aid that required you to be a resident of another state, including the National Buckeye Scholar Award from The Ohio State University

    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.

  • Financially Dependent Students
  • 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.)

    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.)

    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.

    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 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.)

    If my parents move out of Ohio, how is my residency affected?
    The state residency guidelines have two clauses that potentially 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.

    What documentation do I need to submit to apply for residency under Financially Dependent Students?
    Please see the Online Residency Form - Documents Requested handout for detailed information.

  • Immigration Status and Visa Types
  • How do I know if I hold an eligible visa status?
    Please see the Immigration Status - Eligible/Non-eligible Visa Types handout for detailed information.

  • Resources
  • Ohio Administrative Code

    Ohio Revised Code

  • Contact Us
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Select if you are a Current Student or Applicant to The Ohio State University. You will then be direct through step-by-step instructions of how to complete the Online Residency Form.