When you apply for admission, you must complete a series of questions that determines whether you meet the Residency Standards pertaining to residency classification. If your answers indicate that you are not a resident, or your answers are incomplete or seem to provide conflicting information, you will be classified as a nonresident. [return to top]
When you are admitted to OSU, you will receive a letter of admission. Your letter of admission will indicate your fee status which is your residency classification. Questions about your classification can be sent to [email protected]. [return to top]
The first step in making a case for residency is to apply for admission. The Office of Admissions will make an initial residency assessment. If you disagree with this assessment, you may complete a Residency Affidavit. This form is submitted to the Residency Officer, who reviews the information and makes a decision about the affidavit. If the affidavit is approved, you will be classified as a resident.
If the affidavit is denied, you may appeal the decision to the Inter-institutional Residency Committee.[return to top]
Students seeking residency reclassification must meet the requirements of the Oregon Administrative Rules pertaining to residency. To have your residency reviewed, you must submit a completed Residency Affidavit with appropriate documentation to the residency classification officer by the deadline for the term in which residency is sought.
The residency regulations define financially independent as:
a) has not been claimed as a dependent during the immediately preceding tax year, and will not be claimed as a dependent during the current tax year, on the federal or state income tax returns of any other person; and
b) has not received in the immediately preceding calendar year, and will not receive during the current calendar year, one-half or more of his or her support, in cash or in kind, from another person or persons, except for support received from his or her spouse.[return to top]
Not necessarily. The Financial Aid Office gets its initial information from your FAFSA form. If you report that you are a resident, then the Financial Aid Office will process your form as a resident. If that assessment runs counter to the Residency Officer’s assessment, then you are considered a nonresident and your financial aid offer will be recalculated. If you detect discrepancies in correspondence you receive from the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid, you should contact [email protected] for clarification.[return to top]
A domicile is a person’s true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation. It is the place where a person intends to remain and to which the person expects to return when a person leaves without intending to establish a domicile elsewhere.[return to top]
If you are financially dependent on the Oregon parent, and the Oregon parent has established residency, then you would be considered to be a resident. You are considered to be dependent if you have been claimed as an exemption on a parent’s state and federal tax forms.[return to top]
No, the OSU does not participate in any such agreement.[return to top]
No, only bona fide residents that meet the guidelines outlined in the Residency Standards will be assessed resident tuition.[return to top]
No, if you live out of state, you would be considered a nonresident.[return to top]
If you own property but do not maintain a predominant physical presence in Oregon, you will be considered a nonresident.[return to top]
Marriage to an Oregon resident does not grant you immediate residency. Individuals in this situation would usually be considered independent and need to meet residency qualifications pertaining to an independent person.[return to top]
You will be classified as an Oregon resident only if you meet the requirements for residency at the time you are applying for and enrolling at OSU. Previous residency classifications by community colleges or other institutions will not be carried forward to your OSU record.[return to top]
No, if you take more than 8 credits per term, in any term, in those first twelve months, the state will presume that your primary purpose for living in the state is for educational purposes, and you will continue to be classified as a nonresident.[return to top]
Residency rules vary widely from state to state. We can only determine if you meet the requirements for resident classification (for tuition purposes) in Oregon. We cannot determine your true state of residency for tuition purposes.
In fact, it is possible for you to qualify as a resident of Oregon for purposes of voting or obtaining an Oregon driver’s license and not meet the residency requirements for tuition purposes. [return to top]
Active members of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Military Reservists, and members of the Oregon National Guard) and their spouses and dependent children shall be considered residents for tuition purposes if certain conditions are met.
If you are not a citizen of the United States you may be considered an Oregon resident if you meet the basic rules for residency and are one of the following:
Enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe of Oregon or enrolled members of a Native American tribe that had traditional and customary tribal boundaries that included parts of the state of Oregon or that ceded or reserved lands within the state of Oregon shall be a resident regardless of state of residence. For a complete listing of Native Americans tribes eligible for this consideration, please see "Residence Classification of Members of Oregon Tribes" in the Residency Standards.
Students seeking resident classification as a member of an Oregon Tribe should complete a Residency Affidavit and provide a photocopy of tribal enrollment which documents tribal membership. Please indicate “N/A” on any section of the affidavit that does not apply to you. [return to top]
A component in determining eligibility for residency is based on physical and permanent domicile in Oregon. The guidelines require a minimum of 12 consecutive months domicile immediately prior to applying for residency. At this time, the only exception for the 12 month domicile is for active duty military Oregon residents who are assigned to duty outside of Oregon, and enrolled members of certain Native American tribes in Oregon.
If your family has not been residing in Oregon for the 12 consecutive months prior to the term in which residency is sought, you would not be eligible for resident classification for tuition purposes.[return to top]
A financially dependent individual can apply for residency based on a parent or legal guardian who meets the residency requirements including establishment of a permanent domicile in Oregon for 12 consecutive months for purposes other than education. Once your parent or legal guardian has met the criteria to be classified as a resident, you should submit a Residency Affidavit. [return to top]
A student who becomes eligible for resident tuition during a term of enrollment would not qualify for resident tuition until the beginning of the next term. The student will need to submit an affidavit for review by the deadline for the term in which residency is sought. [return to top]