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Resident tuition classification is determined by criteria found in Kansas statutes and regulations of the Kansas Board of Regents. Students are responsible for providing information sufficient to support their applications for resident classification. This is a general overview of the procedures and criteria used to determine resident status. It does not replace or supersede the statutes or Regents' regulations which contain the detailed requirements that must be met in order to prove resident status.

  • You must have continuous physical residency in Kansas for at least 365 days prior to the first day of classes for which you are applying for residency.
  • During those 365 days, your sources of financial support to meet your living expenses must come from Kansas sources. Living expenses include tuition and books if you are student. Sources of income that are from full-time, non-student jobs are more beneficial. Maintaining ties to other states will hinder your residency.
  • You must show intent to remain in Kansas indefinitely. There are things that can strengthen your case but won't make you a resident by themselves. They are: Kansas driver's license, voter registration in Kansas, car registration in Kansas, owning a home in Kansas, etc.
  • You must prove that you are residing in Kansas for reasons other than educational purposes. If you are a full-time student upon moving to Kansas, this requirement is the hardest to show because we will presume that you are here for educational purposes.

More Information

Use the menu links on this page for more information and to find forms related to residency. Students with questions regarding resident tuition classification, or who would like application forms should contact:

Residency and Fees
University Registrar - University of Kansas
KU Visitor Center - 1502 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7535

KUMC Office of the Registrar
MS4005, G035 Dykes Library
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160


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