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Is there a deadline for filing an Ohio In-State Residency application?
Applications are due prior to the beginning of the term in which the reclassification is requested, preferably 30 calendar days or more prior to the beginning of the term. Applications submitted once the term begins will not be considered for that term. No retroactive reclassification will be granted.
Where do I submit the completed application and documents?
When completed, submit the application by any of the following methods:
Health Science Campus
Rocket Solution Central
Student Service Center Health Science Campus
Fax Office of the Registrar
Mail Stop #322
2801 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43606
Office of the Registrar
Note, some documents must be submitted in-person to validate their authenticity as stated on the application.
Will I be removed from my classes and housing with the Registration Cancellation process if my application for Ohio In-State Residency is still pending and there is an outstanding balance on my student account?
Yes. You are responsible to pay all fees on your student account by the date they are due. To avoid the registration cancellation process, you should pay your bill in full by the due date or consider signing up for the Installment Payment Plan (IPP).
Am I automatically a resident for tuition purposes once I have lived in Ohio for 12 consecutive months?
No. Students classified as a non-resident must establish residence in Ohio following state guidelines and petition to be reclassified as an Ohio resident. Living in Ohio for 12 consecutive months is not the only consideration when determining residency. Many other factors are considered. Student living in Residency Hall's are in temporary housing which does not establish domicile in Ohio.
The only exception to the 12 month requirement is C3.
Can I qualify for in-state residency if I am dependent upon someone other than my parent, legal guardian or spouse?
No. A student cannot base dependency on another relative, fiancé/fiancée, in-laws, etc. A dependent student may only be reviewed under a guideline through their dependency upon a parent, legal guardian or spouse.
,Do I need to obtain an Ohio driver license or register to vote in Ohio to apply for Ohio Residency?
It is not necessary to obtain an Ohio driver license unless you are a licensed driver in another state. If you are not a licensed driver in another state, you may supply a state ID in lieu of a driver license.
Registering to vote is a personal decision.
However, obtaining an Ohio driver license and registering to vote in Ohio demonstrates your intent to make Ohio your state of residence. The Ohio Board of Regents' Guidelines are meant to exclude from residency those who are in Ohio for educational purposes only, transferring your driver license to Ohio is yet another way to demonstrate your intent to become an Ohio resident. Please note, if you own a car, you must provide a copy of your driver license.
How is my Ohio residency status affected if I leave Ohio?
The Ohio Board of Regents Guidelines allow Ohio residents 12 months out of the state before they "lose" their residency. If you leave the state for more than 12 months, your residency will likely be questioned. For example, if you accept employment in another state, you would likely lose your residency after 12 months. It is important to consider future residency implications when planning a move or extended stay outside Ohio.
I am an Ohio resident but if my parents leave Ohio, how is my Ohio residency status affected?
The state residency guidelines have two "grandfather clauses" to address this. If your parents are Ohio residents and move out of the state while you are an enrolled resident student at Ohio State, you will continue to be classified as a resident through the completion of one degree program, provided that you maintain continuous full time enrollment (3 out of 4 quarters each year). If you apply for a second degree program (i.e. graduate or professional school), your residency will be reviewed and you will have to meet the residency criteria on your own.
Similarly, if you are a dependent student applying for admission to Ohio State and your Ohio resident parents move out of the state, you will be considered a resident as long as you enroll within 12 months of the date your parents physically moved out of Ohio. A student would then have to maintain continuous full time enrollment (3 out of 4 quarters each year). Students will be required to submit proof of when their parents sold their home in Ohio (or ended an apartment lease) and physically left Ohio in addition to when their employment ended in Ohio. When a parent physically leaves Ohio and also ends their employment are both factors in determining when a parent has left Ohio and 12 month period begins for which a student must enroll.
Can I submit amended federal and state income tax returns proving independence?
Yes, however you must provide proof of filing the amended return. Contact your local IRS office for verification of filing your amended return.
If my parent(s) or spouse moves into Ohio, when am I eligible to become a resident?
You may be eligible for "instant residency" under C3 if you are dependent upon a parent who is working full-time and has established domicile in Ohio before the first day of the term for which you are applying.
You may be eligible if you are a dependent spouse of a person who has begun working full-time and established domicile in Ohio for reasons other than gaining the benefit of state-supported education. Refer to C3 in the residency guidelines for more information.
If I own property in Ohio but live in different state, does that make me and my dependent(s) Ohio residents?
No. The state guidelines do not grant residency based solely on owning property or a business in Ohio. You must "reside" in Ohio.
Can I apply for prior term residency and get a refund if I can prove I was residency eligible at that time?
No, retroactive reclassification is not an option. For consideration regarding Ohio residency status, you must apply for Ohio In-State Residency by the term deadline for which you are eligible.