An office in Enrollment Management

Residency FAQs

Q. How can I prove that I am an in-state resident for tuition paying purposes? 

A. Generally, you must be able to document that 1) you have physically resided in Kansas for at least one full year prior to the first day of classes for the semester for which you are applying, 2) that you rely on in-state sources for your financial support, and 3) that you have demonstrated intent to make Kansas your permanent residence indefinitely.

Q. What if my parents do not live in Kansas, however, they still partially support me? 

A. If your out-of-state parents have provided any financial support during the previous 365 days, and this has helped you stay in school, you are considered out-of-state because you have been dependent upon them to remain in school. If, during the previous twelve months, you have received money from other out-of-state sources (trust funds, bank loans, non-resident scholarships, etc.) in all likelihood you will be considered out-of-state. You must be able to prove that you have supported yourself for at least twelve months, paying your own fees and expenses if enrolled in school during this period. If you go home for the summer, work there, or live at home, you will be considered out-of-state. Some non-earned financial aid is acceptable if it does not tie you to any other pte.

Q. I am under 18 and my parents live in another state. What if I have a guardian who lives in Kansas? 

A. Only if parents are deceased, divorced, or legally separated is the appointment of a guardian or a grant of custody recognized for residency tuition classification. Court appointment or grant of custody is required. In most cases, guardianships terminate at age 18. Guardianships established for the sole or main purpose of qualifying the ward for resident fees will not be honored.

Q. I have a Kansas driver's license and vote here. Doesn't that mean that I pay resident fees?

A. This is not sufficient to establish in-state tuition classification. Other agencies may consider you to be a resident for a specific purpose (taxes, voting, etc), in accordance with the particular statutes governing that purpose; however, for tuition payment purposes you must satisfy the appropriate Board of Regents articles. Obtaining licenses and voting are evidence that you have done some things toward eventually obtaining residence, but they will not, in and of themselves, grant you resident fee status. Conversely, having these things in another state may result in denial of in-state status.

Q. Do military personnel and their dependents pay the resident fee rate? 

A. Military personnel stationed and living in Kansas (with full-time military assignments at a base in Kansas), and their dependent spouses and children are allowed to pay an amount equal to the resident fee rate. Please see K.A.R. 88-3-8. 

A printable Kansas resident fee privilege form for military personnel is available as a PDF. Fill out and submit this form if you are stationed at a Kansas duty station and wish to apply for a fee wavier. If you have trouble downloading this form please go to the on-line forms page.

Q. I'm a retired military member or honorably discharged military member or the dependent of one. Do I qualify for resident rates?

A. If the person serving in the military meets the criteria outlined in K.A.R.88-3-12 they and their dependents will be entitled to a fee privilege. For more information and application forms contact the Assistant Registrar.

Q. I'm a military member or the dependent of one, who is stationed outside Kansas but I have maintained my home of military record in Kansas. Do I pay resident rates?

A. Retaining your home of military record in Kansas does not automatically qualify you as a resident. Your classification is based on all aspects of your situation. If you are in this situation and have been admitted as a non-resident, however, you may contact the Assistant Registrar to initiate a review of your initial classification.

Q. What about University of Kansas staff members and their dependents? 

A. Employees of the University, classified and unclassified, on regular payroll appointments for four-tenths (.4) time or more, and their dependent spouses and children shall be allowed to pay an amount equal to the resident fee rate. Seasonal, temporary, or hourly employees are not eligible, nor are students on fellowship, scholarship or traineeship. Please see K.A.R. 88-3-9.

A printable staff or staff-dependent tuition rates application form is available in PDF if you wish to apply for staff/staff-dependent tuition rates. If you have trouble downloading this form please go to the on-line forms page. 

Q. My parents don't live in Kansas but they are taxpayers because their business is in Kansas, or they own property here. Doesn't that make me eligible for the resident fee rate? 

A. No. By statute, residence is based upon where one physically resides and criteria associated with that residence. No provision is made for where one is employed or owns property.

Q. How do I apply for resident fee status at the University of Kansas? 

A. After reading the regulations and the Application procedures, complete the appropriate application form, have it notarized, and submit it to the Office of the University Registrar. It will be reviewed and you will be notified of the decision by mail. The deadline for submitting petitions is 30 days after the first day of classes for the term. An application can be submitted as early as 75 days in advance of the first day of classes for the term. 

A printable residency application form is in PDF if you wish to apply for residency. If you have trouble downloading this form please go to the on-line forms page.

KU Academic Calendar
Hawk Help: Ask a Question

Enroll & Pay

Enroll & Pay is the University of Kansas' online campus solution for enrollment, financial and other services.

Schedule of Classes

The Online Schedule of Classes

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
KU Today