The University Record, January 21, 1998

New residency guidelines clarify students' responsibilities

New residency classification guidelines, which take effect spring term, make it easier for students to understand their responsibilities in establishing eligibility for in-state tuition. File photo by Nathan Garcia, Photo Services

By Joel Seguine
University Relations

New Michigan residency classification guidelines for students are due to take effect at the University for the spring 1998 term, which begins May 5. The present residence regulations apply through winter term 1998.

Approved by the Regents earlier this year, the new guidelines are designed to make it easier for students to understand their responsibilities in establishing eligibility for in-state tuition.

Though reflecting no substantive change in the residency regulations, the revised guidelines are more thorough and provide more specific details about what, when, where and why information must be filed to confirm or establish Michigan residency status. The process is administered by the Residency Classification Office within the Office of the Registrar.

A prospective student first indicates residency status when applying for admission to the University. It is the student's responsibility to read the guidelines provided in catalogs and admissions materials, or at, and designate the correct classification. If the student's status is questioned by the Admissions Office or the Residence Classification Office, the student must file an application for resident classification and follow through with the documentation process to prove in-state eligibility. Filing deadlines are July 31 for all spring, spring/summer and summer terms; Sept. 30 for fall term; and Jan. 31 for winter term.

The new guidelines answer many frequently asked questions. For instance, children of divorced parents are considered residents, whether or not they themselves live in the state, if one parent resides in Michigan. On the other hand, the guidelines say that possession of a Michigan driver's license or payment of state income taxes do not, in themselves, demonstrate permanent residency.

The guidelines also spell out an appeal process should an Application for Resident Classification be denied by the Residency Classification Office. According to that office, of the 1,200 to 1,500 applications processed each term, approximately one-half are denied and about one-half of the denials are appealed. A student is charged non-resident tuition through the appeal process, receiving credit or a reimbursement should the appeal be successful.

A copy of the guidelines and resident classification applications are available at the Residency Classification Office, Office of the Registrar, 1514 LS&A Building.