Financially Dependent Students

To receive the state of Ohio subsidy for tuition purposes, you must 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.

The letter and number designations in each subsection correlates to the specific guidelines of the Ohio Administrative and/or Revised Codes.

Financially Dependent Classifications

Residency Classification C-1

The C-1 Classification is applied through the completion of one degree program, provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment and do not leave the state for more than a year or take a leave of absence for more than a year. In those cases, a student would no longer be considered an Ohio resident for tuition purposes and they would need to reapply for Ohio residency at that time.

To qualify for the C-1 classification you must satisfy the requirements in one of the categories below and be able to provide documentation to validate ALL the following statements are true:

Dependent on Parent
  • have been claimed by a parent or legal guardian on their Federal Income Tax Return for the most recent tax year
  • have a parent or legal guardian that provides the majority (51%) of their financial support
  • have a parent/legal guardian that has lived in Ohio for the previous 12 consecutive months and has all their state specific documents from Ohio, including but not limited to: driver’s license or state ID, voter registration, and vehicle registration
Dependent on Spouse
  • are dependent upon a spouse, that provides the majority (51%) of their financial support
  • spouse has lived in Ohio for the previous 12 consecutive months
  • spouse has filed Ohio Income Tax Return for the most recent tax year and has all of their 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 12 consecutive months (see Residency Classification C-3).

Residency Classification C-3

The C-3 Classification requires completing the Online Residency Form each term until the submissions have covered a full, 12-month cycle. After this time, Ohio Residency will be granted, and no additional documentation will be required.

    To qualify for the C-3 classification you must satisfy the requirements in one of the categories below and be able to provide documentation to validate ALL the following statements are true:

  • have been claimed by a parent or legal guardian on their most recent Federal Income Tax Return or a spouse who has filed their most recent Federal Income Tax Return
  • have a parent, legal guardian, or spouse has accepted full-time, self-sustaining employment prior to the start of the term in which applying
  • have a parent, legal guardian, or spouse that has lived in Ohio for the previous 12 consecutive months and has 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 apply to students where ANY of the following apply:

  • are dependent upon a parent, legal guardian, or spouse who has accepted full time/self-sustaining employment after the start of the term for which the student is applying
  • are dependent upon a parent, legal guardian, or spouse who is self-employed

Documentation for Financially Dependent Students

Documentation is very important. If your application is submitted with the incorrect documentation, we will not be able to approve your application.

Keep in mind, documentation is not limited to this list and may not include all items listed. It is important that any uncommon situations be supported with documentation as well. The onus will be on the student to ensure that all income and expenses are clearly supported with documentation.

  • Proof of Residence

  • A copy of a signed and dated lease(s), closing statement(s), or campus housing contract document(s) indicating dates of residence; terms and conditions (if applicable). The legal rental agreement must accurately and completely describe the living situation and the rent needs to be commensurate to fair market value, and cover the entire review period.

  • Ohio Driver’s License

  • A copy of your Ohio driver’s license or state ID card. Visit the Ohio BMV website for information.

  • Marriage Certificate

  • A copy of your official marriage certificate or abstract. Foreign documents must be translated.

  • Federal Tax Return Transcript

  • A copy of the most recently filed Federal tax transcript. Visit the IRS website for additional information.

  • Ohio Tax Return Transcript

  • A copy of the most recently filed Ohio tax transcript, including the Ohio Schedule of Credits tax return (if filed as a part-year resident). Visit the Ohio.gov website for additional information.

  • Pay Stubs

    • C-1 applicants: A copy of the three most recent pay stubs indicating: hours worked; rate of pay; employment address; taxes being withheld.
    • First time C-3 applicants: A copy of the most recent pay stubs indicating: hours worked; rate of pay; employment address; taxes being withheld.
    • For subsequent C-3 applications: A copy of the three most recent pay stubs indicating: hours worked; rate of pay; employment address; taxes being withheld.

  • Employment Letter

  • A letter from employer on letterhead indicating the start date and duration of employment, rate of pay, number of hours worked, and employer contact information.

  • Proof of Legal Guardianship

  • A copy of all relevant court documentation verifying legal guardianship.


View the entire list of Documents Requested for Ohio Residency (PDF)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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 12-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-1 above)

    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 12-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)

    Can I qualify as a dependent if my total income is greater than my parent’s income?
    No. Your parent must provide, at a minimum, 51% of your financial support.

    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.

    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:

    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 12-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 12-month period begins for which a student must enroll.



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