Residency status is determined by the Law Admissions Office at the time of application. This determination is based on information provided by the applicant in the application. Factors relevant to the residency determination include the applicant’s current and permanent place of residence, place of most recent employment, and the duration of both residence and employment.
Applicants are encouraged to review the information at the links below as well as the Ohio Board of Regents residency criteria, which further explain Ohio residency guidelines and procedures.
Questions? Please contact the Law Admissions Office.
How do I establish Ohio residency for tuition purposes?
To be classified as an Ohio resident for tuition purposes you must present evidence that you qualify as an Ohio resident under the criteria set forth by the Ohio Board of Regents, or that you meet one of the specific exceptions. In general, a student must live in Ohio for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding enrollment to be considered an Ohio resident. Those individuals who are living in Ohio for the sole purpose of obtaining higher education are generally not eligible for classification as Ohio residents.
My spouse moved to Ohio for a job 6 months ago. Am I considered to be an Ohio resident?
Maybe. If your spouse is employed full-time and has established domicile in Ohio for reasons other than securing in-state tuition rates, you may be considered an Ohio resident for tuition purposes even if you haven’t resided in Ohio for the 12 consecutive months preceding your law school enrollment. Please note that specific documentation is required to demonstrate self-sustaining, full-time employment and domicile.
I have been an Ohio resident for my entire life except during the past 12 months. Am I still considered to be an Ohio resident?
In general, you must have lived in Ohio for the 12 months immediately preceding entrance into Toledo Law to be considered an Ohio resident. Absence from the state, other than standard vacation time, can influence Ohio residency. Please see the Section E of the Ohio Board of Regents Residency Criteria for a list of exceptions.
Are there any exceptions that may grant Ohio residency immediately?
Yes. Please see Section E of the Ohio Board of Regents Residency Criteria for a list of exceptions.
Once I have been admitted as an out-of-state resident, am I automatically given in-state tuition after living in Ohio for 12 consecutive months?
No. You must complete the Application for Ohio Residency and submit it to the Law Registrar for evaluation. Students who do not meet the Ohio residency requirements at the time of application are encouraged to apply for Ohio residency status while attending Toledo Law. Should a student’s residency status change, the appropriate adjustments will be made to the student’s financial aid, tuition, and fees in the next term. For additional information, see the UT Office of the Registrar’s Ohio In-State Residency information.
Applications are due before the beginning of the term in which the reclassification is requested, preferably 30 calendar days before the term starts. Applications submitted once the term begins will not be considered for that term. No retroactive reclassification will be granted.
I live in Michigan. Do I qualify for in-state tuition?
Maybe. Residents of Monroe County, Michigan are treated as Ohio residents for tuition purposes. This is known as Michigan Reciprocity, and Monroe County is the only county included in this agreement between Ohio and Michigan.
All remaining non-Ohio residents are charged an out-of-state surcharge to attend The University of Toledo. However, Michigan residents should review the Michigan Resident Scholarship Guarantee.
Please note that residency determinations are made by Toledo Law at the time of application to the College of Law and are based on information provided by the applicant in the application. Residency determinations are made in accordance with criteria identified by the College of Law for this purpose. For more information on the criteria used to determine residency, please contact the Law Admissions Office.