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Ohio Residency for Tuition Purposes

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. 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.

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.

To be reclassified as an Ohio resident for tuition purposes, a student must meet the residency guidelines established by State of Ohio Law and Ohio Department of Higher Education. Students are strongly advised to fully apprise themselves of the criteria established by the state of Ohio prior to seeking classification as an Ohio resident for tuition purposes.


Application Steps

Step 1: Review the Deadlines

Step 2: Read the Important Facts

Step 3: Read the Residency Classifications and Frequently Asked Questions

Step 4a: Complete the Ohio Residency Application, or

b: Active Duty Military, Veterans, and their dependent click here for application information

c: Indiana residents click here for Metropolitan and Reciprocity application information

d: Kentucky residents click here for Metropolitan and Reciprocity application information



Residency Application Deadlines By Term

Application Term:  Applications Accepted: Deadlines:
Fall Semester June 1 First Day of Fall Semester
Spring Semester September 1 First Day of Spring Semester
Summer Semester February 1 First Day of Summer Semester
*Please note: Fee payment deadlines cannot be extended while a student’s residency application is being reviewed. Students may opt to pay by using the university’s tuition payment plan. Information on payment plans can be found on the Bursar's webpage.