As an institution receiving support from State of Illinois tax revenue, Illinois State University extends a preferential tuition rate to residents of the state. Residency status is determined by pertinent state and federal statutes.
A student's residence is presumed to be that of the parent(s) or legal guardian unless the student is independent and establishes a separate residence. For the purpose of these regulations, the term legal guardian and parent are interchangeable. In the case of a student with an in-state and an out-of-state parent, the student's residency status shall be in-state. A person whose parent(s) moves to Illinois may become a resident at the beginning of the term following the move.
A student may qualify for residency independent of the domicile of his or her parents if the student has been a resident of Illinois for at least six (6) months prior to the beginning of an academic term. A residence hall contract may not be used to establish residency.
Documentation that may be used to document residency:
A non-resident shall be classified as a resident if his/her spouse is a resident of Illinois.
A person who claims Illinois domicile while living in another state or country must provide proof of continued Illinois domicile. Proof may include, but is not limited to, evidence that the person (or parent or legal guardian as applicable) has not acquired a domicile in another state and has filed and paid regular Illinois resident state income tax returns during the absence.
If a person is on active military duty and stationed in Illinois, that person, his or her spouse and any dependents shall be deemed Illinois residents for tuition purposes.
Beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year, if a person is on active military duty and is stationed out of State, but he or she was stationed in this State for at least 30 days immediately prior to being reassigned out of State, then that person, his or her spouse and any dependents shall be deemed Illinois residents for tuition purposes, as long as that person or his or her dependent:
Furthermore, pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, a member of the armed forces who is on active duty in Illinois for a period of more than 30 days will be charged tuition at the in-state rate as will his or her spouse or dependent children. The in-state rate will apply as long as the member of the armed forces, spouse, or dependent children are continuously enrolled, notwithstanding a subsequent change in the permanent duty status of the member outside of Illinois. (20 U.S.C.A. & 1015d)
A military veteran who has been discharged from military service on any basis, other than a dishonorable discharge, and has been admitted to and enrolled in the university within 18 months of his or her discharge will be treated as an Illinois resident at the beginning of his or her first term.
Staff members of the University and of allied agencies, and faculties of state-supported institutions of higher education in Illinois, holding an appointment of at least one-quarter time, and their spouses and dependent children, shall be treated as residents.
Teachers in the public and private elementary and secondary schools of Illinois are considered residents if they hold an appointment of at least one-quarter time.
An employee, or a spouse of an employee, transferred to Illinois by his/her employer for full-time employment purposes and residing in Illinois, qualifies for reclassification without waiting the six (6) months if citizenship or alien registration requirements are met and the residency application submission deadline is met.
Effective Fall 2003, an individual will be considered an Illinois resident, if all of the following conditions are met:
A person who is not a citizen of the United States of America may establish resident status unless the person holds a visa which precludes an intent to permanently reside in the United States.
Noncitizens may commence establishment of residency with notification of permanent residency status by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service provided the person meets and complies with all the applicable requirements of these Regulations.
A nonresident shall be classified as a resident if his/her spouse is a resident of Illinois and meets the applicable requirements of these regulations. A noncitizen may establish residency through his/her resident spouse, unless the person holds a visa which precludes an intent to permanently reside in the United States.
Under extreme circumstances a non-citizen may request consideration of in-state residency based upon a severe economic hardship caused by unforeseen, documentable, circumstances beyond the student's control. These circumstances may include the loss of a financial sponsor, unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student's source of support, or substantial devaluation of currency or exchange rates in the home country.
Consideration for severe economic hardship will only be extended to those students who are in full compliance with all applicable rules and regulations, are in good academic standing and have completed a minimum of one year in residence at Illinois State University. These circumstances are necessary for consideration, but do not guarantee approval of residency.
Access current residency dates at Residency Dates.
A student who takes exception to the residency status assigned may file a written appeal to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Academic Services, Illinois State University, Campus Box 4900, Normal, IL 61790-4900 within twenty (20) days of the notification of status.
Initiating body: Office of University Registrar/EMAS
Revised on: 03/2011