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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.
  • Residency reclassification applications and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the established deadline (i.e., three (3) week prior to the first day of the term).  Due to the volume of reclassification applications, the Office of the Registrar does not accept late applications.