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Regents approve changes in residency guidelines

The Board of Regents May 19 approved a number of changes to the guidelines for determining who will be considered a Michigan resident for tuition purposes.

"The regents asked for these revisions because we felt there were some circumstances under which a student should reasonably be considered a Michigan resident, and we wanted the guidelines to properly account for those circumstances," said Rebecca McGowan, board chair.

The fundamental principle underlying the guidelines is unchanged: students who are able to demonstrate a "permanent domicile in Michigan" are considered residents, while those whose presence in the state "is based on activities that are determined to be temporary or indeterminate" are considered nonresidents and must pay tuition at a higher, nonresident rate.

The revised guidelines, which will be effective during the 2005 fall semester, will:

• Permit students whose parents or parents-in-law reside permanently in Michigan to be immediately eligible for resident classification (previously a one-year presence was required in some cases);

• Allow dependent children of Michigan families who have been sent on temporary work assignment to a foreign country to return as Michigan residents under certain circumstances;

• Allow Michigan resident students who are independent from their parents, and whose parents do not reside in Michigan, to be temporarily absent from the state for up to one year and return as residents; and

• Clarify the various immigration classifications that a person may hold to be considered eligible for resident classification under the University's guidelines.

"These changes will serve to improve the guidelines," Provost Paul N. Courant said. "The updated version is clearer and accords better with common sense."

The complete guidelines are posted at

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