Frequently Asked Questions about Residency For Tuition Purposes

How can an out-of-state student establish Michigan residency for tuition purposes?

What documentation is required to support my residency claim?

If my parents or spouse move to Michigan, when am I eligible to become a resident?

Does marrying a Michigan resident automatically make me a resident?

If my legal guardian is a Michigan resident will I be considered a resident for tuition purposes?

If my parents move out of Michigan, how is my residency affected?

One of my parents is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and resides out-of-state now, does that make me eligible for in-state tuition?

Except for the past couple of  years, I lived in Michigan my entire life.  Shouldn't I (and/or my children and spouse) still be considered a resident?

How does being in the military affect my (or my children or spouse's) residency?

If I am currently working full-time in Michigan, am I eligible for residency?

If I am paying taxes to Michigan, doesn't that make me a resident?

Will I automatically become a resident for tuition purposes once I have lived in Michigan for a year?

How important is it that I obtain a Michigan driver's license or register to vote in Michigan?

 I am currently trying to establish residency.  How does leaving Michigan for the summer affect my residency application?

Who can I talk to for more information about residency for tuition purposes?

How can an out-of-state student establish Michigan residency for tuition purposes?
A student must live in Michigan for six consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of the semester for which the student is applying for residency. The student must demonstrate that their previous domicile has been abandoned and a Michigan domicile established not only while the student is attending the university, but thereafter as well. Each individual case must be determined on its own particular facts.

What documentation do I need to submit to apply for residency?
Applicants must submit the student residency application. You will need to provide documentation such as ownership of a home, permanent employment, Michigan voter registration, Michigan vehicle registration, and/or Michigan drivers license depending on your personal circumstances.  Student residency application forms must be submitted to the Admissions Office (new students) or the Registrar's Office (currently enrolled students).

Enrolled Students Inquiries:
Registrar's Office
2202 C.B. Hedgcock
906-227-2258

New Students Inquiries:
Admissions Office
2212 C.B. Hedgcock
906-227-2650

If my parents or spouse move to Michigan, when am I eligible to become a resident?
You may be eligible for residency if you are dependent upon a parent or spouse who is working full-time and has established domicile in Michigan as of the beginning of the semester for reasons other than education.
 
Does marrying a Michigan resident automatically make me a resident?
Resident status may be gained, without the six month domicile requirement, if the domicile of a married student follows that of his or her spouse, if such spouse has established a domicile in Michigan.

If my legal guardian is a Michigan resident will I be considered a resident for tuition purposes?
The residency guidelines allow students to be considered residents if they have a legal guardian who is a Michigan resident.

If my parents move out of Michigan, how is my residency affected?
If your parents are Michigan residents and move out of the state while you are an enrolled resident student, you will continue to be classified as a resident through the completion of your degree program. If you apply for a second degree program, you will still be considered a resident.

One of my parents is a graduate of NMU and resides out-of-state now, does that make me eligible for in-state tuition?
Yes, an out-of-state NMU alumnus/alumna is eligible to receive a tuition rate equivalent to in-state tuition for his/her dependents as long as the dependents are not over the age of 24. To apply, the alumnus/alumna must complete the dependent certification of NMU alumnus form, which is also available in the Registrar's Office.

Except for the past couple of  years, I lived in Michigan my entire life.  Shouldn't I (and/or my children and spouse) still be considered a resident?
In determining a person's eligibility for residency, each individual case must be determined on its own particular facts. Graduation from a Michigan high school has probative value in support of a claim for residence classification. In addition, you may have other facts and circumstances to support your petition.

How does being in the military affect my (or my children or spouse's) residency?
Resident status may be gained, without the six month domicile requirement, for persons honorably discharged from or currently in the active military service of the United States and their spouses and dependents.

If I am currently working full-time in Michigan, am I eligible for residency?
If you have accepted an offer of permanent employment in the State of Michigan, you may be eligible for residency.

If I am paying taxes to Michigan, doesn't that make me a resident?
Not necessarily.  If you are trying to establish residency in Michigan, paying taxes in Michigan is an indicator of your intent to become a Michigan resident. However, you must meet all the residency criteria to be eligible for residency for tuition purposes.

Will I automatically become a resident for tuition purposes once I have lived in Michigan for a year?
No. Any student who has been classified as a non-resident at the time of admission to the university must apply for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes.

How important is it that I obtain a Michigan driver's license or register to vote in Michigan?
Both demonstrate your intent to make Michigan your state of residence. Transferring these items of registration is a way to show that you intend to become a Michigan resident. But, providing this documentation, standing alone, shall not constitute sufficient evidence of domicile to effect classification of a student as a resident for tuition purposes.

I am currently trying to establish residency.  How does leaving Michigan for the summer affect my residency application?
The expectation is that students who are in the process of establishing their residency are physically living in Michigan for the six consecutive months prior to the semester for which they are requesting reclassification. Leaving the state for the summer could jeopardize your claim to Michigan residency.  But, each individual case must be determined on its own particular facts.

Who can I talk to for more information about residency for tuition purposes?
Currently enrolled students contact the Registrar's Office. New students contact the Admissions Office.

Enrolled Students Inquiries:
Registrar's Office
2202 C.B. Hedgcock
906-227-2258

New Students Inquiries:
Admissions Office
2212 C.B. Hedgcock
906-227-2650