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Office of the Registrar

Important Facts About Ohio Residency

  • 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.

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