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Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes

Application Steps

Step 1: Read the Overview and Important Facts

Step 2: Read the Eligibility Criteria and Residency FAQ

Step 3: Review the Deadlines

Step 4a: Complete the Ohio Residency Application, or

Step 4b: If you are a resident of Indiana, or Kentucky, then click here for information regarding the reciprocity and metropolitan rates.


Fall 2017 applicants should provide their 2016 tax return.
Please do not send your 2015 tax return.



In its assessment of a student's eligibility for classification as an Ohio resident for tuition purposes, University of Cincinnati is obliged to apply the residency eligibility criteria established by Ohio Revised Code 3333.31 and Ohio Administrative Code 3333-1-10

University of Cincinnati is not empowered to alter or waive these state regulations, and must enforce their provisions for all students under all personal and/or financial circumstances. 

Students who are classified as residents for tuition purposes receive the benefit of a state-supported education, funded largely by the taxpayers of Ohio. Therefore, the residency guidelines are meant to exclude from resident classification those people who are in the state of Ohio primarily for the purpose of receiving the benefit of a state-supported education.

The term "Ohio resident" for tuition purposes may differ from other definitions of Ohio residency.  A person who has an Ohio driver's license/vehicle registration or who is an Ohio resident for tax, voting, or welfare purposes may have established legal residence in the state but may not necessarily be considered a resident for tuition purposes.

The following information is provided to assist you in determining if you qualify for Ohio residency for tuition purposes.

Important Facts

  • Ohio residency for tuition purposes eligibility criteria are established by State of Ohio Law and Ohio Board of Regents regulations, not by University of Cincinnati.
  • University of Cincinnati cannot alter or waive these eligibility criteria for any reason.
  • Under Ohio law, if you have moved to Ohio primarily for the purpose of attending an Ohio institution of higher learning, then you are not eligible for in-state tuition.
  • Living in Ohio for a year or longer is not an automatic qualification for in-state tuition.
  • You must evidence an intent to remain permanently in Ohio.  You must prove through official and/or legal documents that you have moved to Ohio permanently and not merely living in Ohio temporarily while you attend University of Cincinnati, however long your course of study may take.
  • Financial hardship cannot be considered in evaluating Ohio residency for tuition purposes eligibility.
  • Legal ties that you have established to another state or country (e.g., state tax liability, a driver’s license, voter’s registration, etc.) will disqualify you from residency reclassification, regardless of your reason(s) for having established these ties.
  • Evidence that you are receiving out-of-state financial support in any way, either directly (e.g. tuition payments, parent PLUS loans, etc.) or indirectly (e.g., parent-purchased or co-purchased residences, parent-controlled financial portfolios), will disqualify you from Ohio residency for-tuition-purposes.
  • Despite the length of time you attend UC or live in Ohio, you may not qualify for Ohio residency for-tuition-purposes.

  • All male U.S. citizens, and male aliens residing in the United States, who were born in 1960 or later are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthdays. Ohio law requires the Office of the Registrar to verify that eligible students have registered in order for those students to receive various state educational benefits. The law provides that those who have failed to certify their compliance with Selective Service registration requirements are ineligible for state financial aid programs and will be assessed a penalty equivalent to the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees. More information available here.

Fall 2017 applicants should provide their 2016 tax return.
Please do not send your 2015 tax return.


2016 - 2017 Residency Applications Deadlines By Term
Application Term  Deadlines 
Fall 2016 Aug. 22, 2016
Spring 2017  Jan. 9, 2017
Summer 2017 May 8, 2017


2017 - 2018 Residency Application Deadlines By Term
Application Term  Deadlines 
Fall 2017 Aug. 21, 2017
Spring 2018 Jan. 8, 2018
Summer 2018 May 7, 2018



Kentucky Residents


Indiana Residents