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Forever Buckeye Ohio Residency for Ohio High School Graduates

The State of Ohio’s 2012-2013 budget establishes a new provision called "Forever Buckeye."  This provision extends the in-state tuition rate to Ohio high school graduates having the current legal status to remain permanently in the United States, who had left Ohio but who return to enroll in an Ohio public institution of higher education and who establish a primary residence in Ohio by the 1st day of classes of the requested term.

How to Apply for Forever Buckeye Ohio Residency For-Tuition-Purposes

Print and complete the Forever Buckeye Ohio Residency Application.

Attach all of the following documents to the application:  

  • A copy of your Ohio high school transcript or a verification of your graduation on the high school's letterhead stationery.
    (Note: a copy of your high school diploma is not sufficient proof of high school graduation);
  • A copy of a lease or deed establishing that you reside in Ohio.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must attach a copy of supporting documents establishing your current immigration or Visa status.

Submit this form and all supporting documentation to the One Stop Student Services Center (University Pavilion 2nd Floor), or mail to:

University of Cincinnati
Office of the Registrar – Attn: Residency Area
P.O. Box 210060
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0060

The residency reclassification application and all supporting documentation must be received by the One Stop Student Services Center or the Office of the Registrar two (2) full weeks prior to the 1st day of classes of the academic term or semester for which you are applying.

The Registrar’s Office may require additional documentation prior to making a determination regarding the Forever Buckeye Ohio residency for-tuition-purposes eligibility.  The Registrar’s Office will not review the Forever Buckeye application until it has received all requested documents.

University of Cincinnati is required to follow Ohio Board of Regents guidelines in interpreting and applying “Forever Buckeye” and Ohio Administrative Code 3333-1-10.

Note:  University of Cincinnati will accept Autumn Quarter 2011 applications for "Forever Buckeye."   Yet the continuation of the Ohio residency designations awarded under "Forever Buckeye" is contingent upon the final adoption of that legislation into Ohio law.  Should "Forever Buckeye" be overturned or otherwise rescinded, and so does not become part of State of Ohio law, UC will be obligated to reinstate the student's out-of-state residency status and UC will assess the out-of-state surcharge for the effected terms.