Additional Residency Classifications

In order 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.

Immigration Status and Visa Types

Please see the Immigration Status (PDF) for information regarding eligible/non-eligible Visa types.

Residency Classification Types

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.

  • Employment Transfer Residency Classification E-4

  • Employment Transfer Residency Classification E-4 applies to students where ONE OF the following applies:

    • 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
    • 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

    Employment Transfer Residency Classification E-4 does NOT apply to students where ANY of the following apply:

    • transferred out of the United States, but do not maintain Ohio domicile
    • are dependent upon a spouse, parent or legal guardian who are transferred out of the United States, but do not maintain Ohio domicile
    • were not a resident of Ohio for the state subsidy and tuition surcharge purposes when they graduated from an Ohio high school

  • Migrant Worker Residency Classification E-5

  • Migrant Worker Residency Classification E-5 applies to students where ONE OF the following applies:

    • 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 the student is applying
    • 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 they are applying

    Migrant Worker Residency Classification E-5 does NOT apply to students where ANY of the following apply:

    • are not able to document they have 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 they are applying
    • are dependent upon a spouse, parent or legal guardian who is not able to document that they have 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 they are 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

  • 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 where ANY of the following apply:

    • 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

  • Marital Hardship Residency Classification E-7 applies to students where ALL the following applies:

    • have legally separated from his or her spouse and is returning to the state of Ohio while receiving more than fifty percent of his or her support from a parent or legal guardian who is an Ohio resident
    • 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 percent 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 where ANY of the following apply:

    • 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)
    • 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

  • Senate Bill 53 Residency Classification SB53 applies to students where ALL the following applies:

    • the student resides in a contiguous state
    • are employed in Ohio by a business, organization, or government agency located in Ohio
    • 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 where ANY of the following apply:

    • employer has not set up third party billing with The Ohio State University
    • employer has set up third party billing with The Ohio State University, but the employer is not located in Ohio
    • fee authorization originates from The Ohio State University
    • the student does not reside in a contiguous state

Documentation for Additional Classifications

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 the marriage certificate.

  • 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.

  • Community Service Letter

  • A letter from the community service group on letterhead indicating: dates of service; home of record.

  • 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.

  • Court Documents

  • A copy of court papers indicating the steps taken to legally end a marriage.

  • ODJFS Letter

  • A letter from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services verifying: employment in Ohio of at least four months during each of the previous three years.

  • Transfer Letter

  • A letter from employer on letterhead indicating: if employee was a resident of the state of Ohio prior to location transfer; date employee was transferred outside of the United States; anticipated date of return to the United States/duration of assignment; employer contact information.

  • Proof of Legal Guardianship

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

  • Sworn Affidavit

  • A sworn affidavit that includes the following information:

    • dates you or your parent/legal guardian has lived in Ohio;
    • the years you or your parent/legal guardian has paid taxes in Ohio; of whom you or your parent/legal guardian is receiving more than 50% of financial support; you or your parent/legal guardian information on legal status in the U.S. (U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident, or current visa status).


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