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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Residence Classification


This document is intended to provide general information concerning residence classification guidelines for fee-paying purposes and will respond directly to questions concerning residence classification frequently asked by students and their families.

Students who want to appeal their residence classification should review the complete listing of residence classification guidelines and should complete the "Application for Classification as a Resident Student at Indiana University for Fee-Paying Purposes."


This document does not replace or supersede the "Rules Determining Resident and Nonresident Student Status for Indiana University Fee Purposes" which took effect February 1, 1974.

Who is eligible for resident student status?

US citizens or permanent residents who are 21 years of age or emancipated are eligible for resident student status after they have been physically present in Indiana for twelve consecutive months (prior to the first day of classes) without the predominant purpose of education.

Students who are under 21 years of age and unemancipated are eligible for resident student status if their parents or legal guardians reside in Indiana. Unemancipated students under 21 years of age whose parents or legal guardians move to Indiana can be classified as resident students without first living in the state for 12 months.

However, in cases of legal guardianship agreements, it must be shown that the guardianship agreement was sought for reasons other than to enable the student to become eligible for resident student status or for the purpose of attending an Indiana high school. An official copy of the court documents that outline the guardianship agreement must be provided to the University.


Are dependent spouses eligible for resident student status without meeting the 12 month physical presence requirement?

No. The exception (noted above) to the 12 month physical presence requirement applies only to unemancipated persons under 21 years of age whose parents or legal guardians move to or reside in Indiana. All other persons must meet the 12 month physical presence requirement.


How can an emancipated student under 21 years of age whose parents live out-of-state establish eligibility for resident student status?

This student would need to provide a notarized statement from the parents indicating the level of financial support provided to the student and the date when the parents last claimed the student as a dependent on their federal income tax returns.

In addition, this student would need to provide a financial statement indicating all sources and amounts of income sufficient for self support.

This student would then have to be physically present in Indiana for twelve consecutive months without the predominant purpose of education in order to become eligible for resident student status.


If a person enrolls as a nonresident student, will that person always be considered a nonresident student?

No. Any person who meets the residence guidelines is eligible for resident student status without regard to previous enrollment as a nonresident student.


If I am eligible for a change a residency status after meeting all the requirements, will the change to resident status happen automatically?

No. It is necessary to file an "Application for Classification as a Resident Student at Indiana University for Fee Paying Purposes" (Residency Application) with the Office of the Registrar.


Will a person who moves to Indiana for reasons other than higher education jeopardize future eligibility for resident student status by enrolling in classes during the initial 12 month period of residence?

No. If a person can provide convincing evidence that the move to Indiana was without the predominant purpose of attending an institution of higher education, future resident student classification should not be affected by University enrollment during the 12 month residence period even if such enrollment is on a full-time basis.


 My company transferred me to Indiana. Do I still have to wait the 12 months to become a resident?

Yes. At this time there is no special consideration given to persons who are transferred by their employers to Indiana. You are still required to meet the necessary qualifying period for a change to resident student status provided your reason for coming to Indiana was for employment reasons (a job transfer or a new job) and not for educational purposes.


Does a nonresident student become automatically eligible for resident student status by marrying an Indiana resident?

No. Although marriage to a resident of Indiana is one of the factors considered in the determination of predominant purpose, the existence of this factor does not require a finding of resident status.

However, after providing convincing evidence that the marriage has changed a student's predominant purpose for being in Indiana, a nonresident student may be eligible for reclassification to resident student status 12 months after the date of marriage.


Does the payment of income or property taxes to the state of Indiana affect a nonresident student's eligibility for resident student status?

No. Persons who are in Indiana for the predominant purpose of education do not become eligible for resident student status on the basis of paying taxes to the state.


Is it possible to be a legal resident of the state of Indiana and still be a nonresident student at Indiana University?

Yes. The state of Indiana determines for specific purposes (driver's licenses, voter registration, etc.) the requirements for becoming a legal resident of the state. However, the state legislature has delegated to Indiana's institutions of higher education the responsibility of determining when a person becomes eligible for resident student status.

Many nonresident students are considered legal residents of the state. These individuals are eligible to carry an Indiana driver's license, to register to vote, and to be called to serve as members of juries. However, persons who reside in Indiana for the predominant purpose of education are considered nonresidents for fee-paying purposes at the University.


If the parents of a resident student move to another state, will that student be reclassified to nonresident status?

No. Once a person has been properly classified as a resident student, that person shall remain a resident student so long as remaining continuously enrolled (each first and second semester) in the University until earning the degree in progress.


I lived in Indiana for years but left the state to take a job elsewhere. Am I still a resident?

It depends. If you returned to the state within one year of the time you left, the university still considers you a resident. If you were gone more than a year, you would be a non-resident.


What if I am an Indiana resident who went out-of-state for school?

We don't consider any time spent out-of-state as a student against you as long as you return to Indiana with one year following your last enrollment or graduation.


What about military families?

Military families from Indiana maintain their Indiana resident status as long as they continue to file their personal income tax returns in Indiana. Members of these families must provide copies of their Indiana income tax returns or military documents that indicate the personal income tax withholding state of the military member.

For members of the US military who are stationed in Indiana on a permanent change of station (PCS) and their dependents the university provides a remission of the non-resident fee assessments. The military member is not classified as a resident but the university provides a remission on non resident fees. Spouses of military members stationed in Indiana on a PCS are provided this remission for the first year. After they have been in Indiana for a year they are eligible for resident classification.

Dependent children under the age of 21 who move with the military member are eligible to be classified as residents immediately under rule 2C. See above on dependent students who parents move to Indiana.


Who determines residence classification?

When students are admitted to the University, the Office of Admissions (for undergraduates) or the University Graduate School (for graduates) render the initial residence classification determination. Decisions made in these offices are based on the information provided by students during the admission application process.


How do students appeal a decision of nonresident student status?

Students who want to appeal their nonresident status should contact the Office of the Registrar and should request and complete an "Application for Classification as a Resident Student at Indiana University for Fee-Paying Purposes." After the completed application is evaluated, the student is notified in writing of the decision rendered.


Is there an "effective date" that applies to a person's eligibility for resident student status?

Yes. Circumstances that exist on the first day of classes of each individual semester/session determine a person's eligibility for resident student status for that semester/session.


What is the deadline for filing an appeal of nonresident student status?

Students have until the last day of the effective semester to deliver their completed application for reclassification to the Office of the Registrar.


Can I get a refund for past semesters if I missed the deadline for filing with a term or session?

No, you must file an appeal in the term or session in which reclassification is requested.  The Trustees specifically prohibit retroactive adjustment of residency status.


How long does it take to process an appeal of nonresident status?

You may expect a determination of your appeal within 20 business days of receipt of the Application for Classification as a Resident Student at Indiana University for Fee Paying Purposes.


I won't meet the residency requirements until the start of the next semester, but registration for that term starts soon. Should I delay registering until my residency is changed?

No. Complete your registration as close to your assigned registration time as possible in order to have the best selection of courses.


I expect to be eligible for resident status with the next term. How early should I file my appeal?

You can submit the Residency Application as early as two months prior to the start of the term. If eligible for that term, we'll make the change in time for any tuition charges you'll receive from the university.


If a nonresident student is reclassified to resident student status, is it possible to get a refund of the nonresident fees paid for that semester/session?

Yes. The nonresident portion of the fees already paid will be refunded if the student applies for resident student status before the deadline and if a resident decision is rendered. Note that the "effective date" for determining the student's eligibility is the first day of classes of the effective semester/session (see above).


Can a nonresident decision from the Office of the Registrar be appealed?

Yes. Decisions from the campus Office of the Registrar can be appealed to the University Standing Committee on Residence. A written request for an appeal should be sent to the Office of the Registrar indicating whether a personal appearance with the committee is desired.


When and where does the University Standing Committee on Residence meet?

The Standing Committee on Residence always meets on the Bloomington campus, generally meeting on the first Thursday of each month.


Are there student members on the Standing Committee on Residence?

Yes. Two student members are appointed to the committee by the President of the University.


Are students who meet with the residence committee able to bring family members to the committee meeting?

Yes. Students may invite family members, friends, or other persons to the committee meeting.


How is the student notified of the residence committee's decision?

The student is notified in writing of the committee decision by the Committee Chair.