What is Resident tuition?

Students with resident status are assessed in-state instructional fees, which are subsidized by funds from the State of Oregon's Higher Education budget.  Non-resident students are assessed a higher level of instructional fees that more closely approximates the actual cost of instruction.

Only bona fide residents of Oregon who meet the residency guidelines outlined in the Residency Standards and Procedures will be assessed resident tuition rates. Oregon State University carefully reviews the residency status of all students at the time of application using the Residency Standards. Only authorized residency officers may apply and interpret these rules and procedures. No other indication or determination of residency by any other institutional office, department, program, or staff represents the official institutional determination of residency for Oregon State University.

Please note: students who only attend summer session may pay in-state tuition regardless of residency status. However, students who plan to attend any other term will be assessed tuition and fees based upon appropriate residency fee status at that time.

What is an Oregon Resident?

  1. Establishment of a domicile and predominant physical presence in Oregon for a period of 12 months or more prior to the beginning of the term in which resident status is sought.
  2. Financial dependence on an Oregon resident or financial independence.
  3. Primary purpose for being in Oregon other than to obtain an education.
  4. Nature and source of financial resources.
  5. Various other indicia of residency (e.g., proof of physical presence in Oregon in the form of rental, lease, or mortgage documents, demonstration of employment in Oregon, payment of Oregon income taxes)

* Key considerations are for quick reference purposes only. For a complete explanation of these factors, refer to the rules in the Residency Standards and Residency Guide and Procedures.

More Information

Please see Section G of the Residency Standards for how non-U.S. Citizens might meet the requirements for residency.

Additionally, there are some groups who may be eligible for exemption from non-resident tuition, but do not qualify for Oregon Residency. More information may be found here:

Residency Affidavits can only be accepted from admitted students. Admitted students should submit their Residency Affidavit and required supporting documents electronically through their student services portal. Residency Affidavits will only be accepted if submitted through DocuSign. All required documents should be attached to the DocuSign affidavit in the format of PDF files. TIFs, PGNs, Google docs and photographs are not accepted formats.

Please review your affidavit prior to submitting via DocuSign.& Make sure all required materials are attached with the affidavit. Decisions will not be made on incomplete affidavits. Please remove social security numbers and bank account numbers from documents before attaching to your DocuSign residency affidavit.

Complete a residency affidavit online in your student services portal.
First, read all instructions on completing an affidavit.

The Tribal Residency Affidavit is for individuals who are admitted to OSU and are enrolled members of federally recognized Native American tribe. These individuals will see changes to their tuition assessment rate. Tribes listed in section F.1 of the Residency Standards qualify for Oregon Resident Classification and in-state tuition, while any enrolled member of one of the federally recognized tribe will only be assessed in-state tuition. For instructions on how to submit an Tribal Residency Affidavit, please email us or see the How-To-Guide.

OSU is also proud to assess in-state tuition rates for students who are enrolled members of the 574 Federally Recognized Tribes.

Our office often receives requests for appointments. In order to ensure a prompt turnaround time, and accurate communication of information, we are unable to accommodate appointments. We encourage individuals with requests for information and questions about residency status to email us.

The residency office may be reached at [email protected]. Please be sure to reach out from your OSU-issued email address for questions specific to your situation. General inquiries may come from a non-OSU email address, but please note we might only be able to respond generally if it seems the topics are covered by FERPA (see below). We are also unable to share information about specific students with individuals other than that student.

OSU Residency Affidavit Filing Deadlines

Residency affidavits with all required supporting documents must be submitted to the Residency Office email by close of business on the deadline. With the exception of Summer term, the deadline is always the last day to register for the term in which resident classification is sought. Typical processing and review of affidavits takes three to four weeks, so it is highly recommended that all materials be submitted at least 30 days prior to the first day of the term. (See chart below for specific deadline dates). These deadlines will be strictly enforced.

Term Deadline
Winter 2024 January 12, 2024
Spring 2024 April 5, 2024
Summer 2024 July 1, 2024
Fall 2024 October 7, 2024

FERPA and Privacy of Records:

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational records. FERPA also applies to the student's residency classification and records. In accordance with the FERPA regulation, the OSU Residency Office is required to have the student's permission in order to release residency classification and residency affidavit review information. If a parent/guardian/spouse/other contacts our offices with questions regarding a student's residency classification, details cannot be released without a valid FERPA release on file. To learn more about FERPA or to submit a Student Consent to Release Information Form, you can learn more on the Office of the Registrar FERPA webpage.


Student Conduct and Community Standards:

Students at OSU are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the code of Student Conduct and Community Standards which stresses treating one another with dignity and respect.  When communicating with the Residency Office, please conduct yourself in a manner that follows community standards and that maintains the community that exists at OSU. 

For more information on financing your education:
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