Classifications

When filling out the application, you will be required to select the classification under which you are applying for residency. Detailed descriptions of the classifications are below.

C-1: Dependent Student

You are a married student or dependent child whose spouse or parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have been a resident of Ohio for 12 consecutive months prior to the start of the semester for which you are applying for residency. If you believe you meet the qualifications for Ohio residency for tuition purposes under this rule, you should attach the minimum required documentation below to your completed residency application. Additional documentation may be required.

  • Leases, rental agreements, or settlement statements that account for the last 12 months of residential history for your spouse or your parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • State tax returns (pages 1 and 2)
  • Federal tax returns (pages 1 and 2)
  • Insurance policies for all covered vehicles
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) driver’s licenses
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) car registrations
  • Verification of marital or dependent status
    • For a dependent child, copies of the most recent federal income tax return (pages 1 and 2) for your parent(s)/guardian(s)
    • For a spouse, a copy of your marriage certificate

C-2: Independent Student

You are trying to become an Ohio resident while attending school full-time, and your parent(s)/guardian(s) live outside the state of Ohio.

You must demonstrate that during the preceding 12-month period of review while establishing residency, you have been totally self-supporting with sufficient income derived from within the state of Ohio to meet all expenses without the need of money from outside the state, and that you have subjected that income to Ohio taxation. You cannot receive any financial support from outside the state of Ohio to assist with payment of tuition, books, room, board, insurance, or other living expenses. Financial Aid that requires you to be a resident of another state, including Parent PLUS loan money to parent(s)/guardian(s) who are not Ohio residents, makes you ineligible under C-2 status.

If you believe you meet the qualifications for Ohio residency for tuition purposes under this rule, you should attach the minimum required documentation below to your completed residency application. Additional documentation may be required.

  • If you are an applicant aged 25 or older, a copy of your most recent federal and state income tax returns (pages 1 and 2)
  • If you are an applicant aged 24 or younger, copies of the most recent federal and state income tax returns (pages 1 and 2) for yourself and your parent(s)/guardian(s). If you are claimed on the federal income tax return of your parent(s)/guardian(s), you are a dependent and not eligible for classification as an independent student.
  • Leases, rental agreements, or settlement statements that account for the last 12 months of your residential history. The expectation is that you should not be absent from the state any longer than winter break, spring break, and three weeks during the summer.
  • Unredacted, unaltered statements from checking and savings accounts that document the last 12 months of deposits and withdrawals in detail
  • Insurance policies for your vehicle
  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Voter registration card

C-3: Dependent Student (Temporary Residency)

You are the dependent child or spouse of a person who is living and employed on a full-time, self-sustaining basis in Ohio.

An employed person and their dependent spouse or children may be eligible for temporary residency if, as of the first day of a term of enrollment, the employed person has established domicile and accepted full-time, self-sustaining employment in Ohio. Graduate assistantships are not considered full-time employment.

As a temporary classification, students are required to reapply for C-3 status every semester and include all supporting documentation. After two semesters of classification under rule C-3, students will be required to apply under a permanent status.

If you believe you meet the qualifications for Ohio residency for tuition purposes under this rule, you should attach the minimum required documentation below to your completed residency application. Additional documentation may be required.

  • A letter from the employed person’s employer on company letterhead that contains the following:
    • Name of the employed person
    • Date employment began
    • Whether the person is employed on a full-time or part-time basis
    • Base salary amount
  • A copy of the employed person’s most recent pay stub
  • Leases, rental agreements, or settlement statements that show the Ohio domicile of the parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Copies of the Ohio driver’s license(s) of your spouse or parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Copies of the Ohio vehicle registrations of your spouse or parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • Verification of marital or dependent status
    • For a dependent child, copies of the most recent federal income tax return (pages 1 and 2) of your spouse or parent(s)/guardian(s)
    • For a spouse, a copy of your marriage certificate
  • Copies of Ohio voter registration (optional)

C-4: Ohio GI Promise (Veterans, Spouses, and Dependents)

You are a veteran, or a veteran’s spouse or dependent child, where the veteran either:

  • Served one or more years on active military duty and was honorably discharged or received a medical discharge that was related to the military service, or
  • Was killed while serving on active military duty or has been declared to be missing in action or a prisoner of war

If the veteran seeks residency status for tuition surcharge purposes, the veteran must have established domicile in this state as of the first day of the term of enrollment in an institution of higher education.

If the spouse or a dependent of the veteran seeks residency status for tuition surcharge purposes, the veteran and the spouse or dependent seeking residency status must have established domicile in this state as of the first day of the term of enrollment in an institution of higher education.

If the veteran was killed while serving on active military duty, or has been declared to be missing in action or a prisoner of war, only the spouse or dependent seeking residency status shall be required to have established domicile in accordance with this division.

If you believe you meet the qualifications for Ohio residency for tuition purposes under this rule, you should apply using the Ohio GI Promise Residency Reclassification Application.

C-5: Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefit Recipients

You are a student who is using Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill) benefits and who has established domicile in Ohio as of the first date of the term for which you are applying for residency.

If you believe you meet the qualifications for Ohio residency for tuition purposes under this rule, you should apply using the Choice Act Application.

C-6: Sergeant John David Frye Scholarship Recipients

You are a student who has been awarded the Sergeant John David Frye Scholarship and who has established domicile in Ohio as of the first date of the term for which you are applying for residency.

If you believe you meet the qualifications for Ohio residency for tuition purposes under this rule, you should apply using the Choice Act Application.

C-7: Forever Buckeye

You have the current legal status to remain in the United States and graduated from an Ohio high school or completed the final year of instruction at home as authorized under section 3321.04. If you are an international student, please see the Information for International Students section for visa types that are eligible for residency reclassification.

If you believe you meet the qualifications for Ohio residency for tuition purposes under this rule, you should apply using the Forever Buckeye Ohio Residency Reclassification Application.