The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is a state-supported institution of higher education supported by legislative funds derived from State of Oklahoma tax revenue. As a state tax-supported institution, the University gives preference in tuition to residents of the State of Oklahoma. The University follows the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Policy Statement on Residency Status for Tuition Purposes. The full text of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education policy statement on resident status for tuition purposes can be found in Section 3.17 of the State Regents Policy and Procedures Manual at:
The University’s definition of the term "resident" may be different from the definitions developed by other, non-university agencies. The University does not recognize declarations of resident status made by other agencies. Thus, a person who is an Oklahoma resident for tax or voting purposes is not necessarily a resident for University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center tuition purposes.
Basic Definition of In-State/Out-of-State Status
In-State status is granted to financially independent adults who are permanently residing in Oklahoma and who have been physically and continuously present in the State of Oklahoma for at least one calendar year prior to the first day of class attendance at any Oklahoma institution of higher education; and who, during this one-year period, resided in Oklahoma for some reason other than primarily to attend classes at a post-secondary educational institution.
In-State status for tuition purposes is based on the location of your permanent domicile. Domicile has two components, residence and intent to remain indefinitely. A person can have more than one residence, but only one domicile.
Attendance at an educational institution, albeit a continuous and long term experience, is interpreted as temporary residence. Therefore, a student neither gains nor loses resident status solely by such attendance.
Each residency petition is judged on its own merit using the guidelines and regulations established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation to support a petition for in-state tuition classification. Petitions will be reviewed based upon the merits of the documentation supplied.
Supporting Evidence or Documentation
Actions, such as the following, may help to support an application for resident tuition status insofar as they apply to the Basic Definition of In-State/Out-of-State Status: maintaining a permanent home/domicile in Oklahoma for at least 12 months prior to the first day of class attendance at any Oklahoma institution of higher education; listing Oklahoma as your tax state with the military; listing Oklahoma as state of residence on Federal and Oklahoma Tax Returns; paying and filing Oklahoma state taxes; Oklahoma automobile registration and driver’s license; evidencing in some convincing way intent to remain in Oklahoma indefinitely after graduation (in other than a graduate or professional student capacity); owning property and paying state property taxes, voter registration in Oklahoma. All of these things will be taken into consideration as part of a petition for in-state tuition classification, but are not in and of themselves sufficient to establish residency.
The issue of intent to remain in Oklahoma after completing one’s education is important in reclassifying financially independent adult students. Each individual must present his or her own special set of circumstances, along with documentation, to support the contention that he or she intends to remain in Oklahoma after graduation or ceasing to enroll as a student. Verification of full-time employment after graduation is an example of documentable intent to remain. This is not the only means to establish this intent. All materials and circumstances presented by the student will be considered, but the evidence must clearly and convincingly show a student’s intent to stay in Oklahoma.
The University has been authorized to make in-state/out-of-state determinations for tuition purposes for its individual students, either at the time of initial enrollment, or as the result of a petition for reclassification. The Office of Admissions and Records is designated to make these determinations for the University. Contact the Office of Admissions and Records, 941 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Basic Sciences Education Building, Room 200, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 or please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (405) 271-2347 extension 48902 with questions concerning resident classification. Petition forms are available on the Web at http://www.ouhsc.edu/admissions/Forms/respet.pdf.
- Students from Other States
If a student from another state moves to Oklahoma for the primary purpose of attending a post-secondary institution, that student shall be classified as a non-resident and will remain a non-resident throughout his or her presence as a student, unless he or she takes certain actions to meet the Basic Definition of Resident Status.
- Dependent Students
Dependent students are those who are receiving at least 50% of their total financial support from parent(s) and/or are claimed as tax dependents on their parents federal tax return. Dependent students acquire the resident status of their parents.
A student who resided in Oklahoma at the time of graduation from an Oklahoma high school and has resided in the state with a parent or legal guardian for the two years prior to graduation from high school will be eligible for resident tuition and scholarships or financial aid provided by the state, regardless of immigration status unless he/she has established residency in another state
In some cases, parents or a parent may relinquish primary financial support to a grandparent, sibling, or other relative (including a natural parent who resides in Oklahoma when the other parent does not) with whom the student resides and receives benefits of room, board, and other financial support including tuition payment. If this relation meets the Basic Definition of Resident Status, dependent students will similarly be classified as Oklahoma residents for tuition purposes.
Dependent children of members of the military reserve on full-time active duty shall be immediately classified upon admission as in-state status provided that Oklahoma is the home or record and the student maintains continuous enrollment. These dependent children shall retain in-state status without the 12 month requirement provided that the member of the military reserve was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable and as long as the student remains continuously enrolled. For the purpose of this section, "home of record" is the location where the reservist enlisted, reenlisted, or was commissioned into the military.
- Oklahoma Resident Parents Moving Out Of State
If an Oklahoma resident parent of a dependent student moves his or her residence to another state, the dependent student remains eligible for resident status as long as he or she does not break his or her enrollment at the University for a period long enough to require readmission (more than one calendar year). Should readmission be required, the dependent student will be considered a resident of the state in which the parent(s) reside(s).
- Spouses and Common Households
Marital status and common household relationships may support an application for resident status, but do not in and of themselves meet the Basic Definition of Resident Status. Presence in Oklahoma because a spouse is in school full-time does not qualify either spouse for resident status, even if the non-student spouse is working full-time.
- Full-Time Professional Practitioner or Professional Worker
An individual who provides evidence of having come to Oklahoma to practice a profession on a full-time basis, conduct a business full time, or work on a fulltime basis shall be immediately declared an Oklahoma resident along with the individual’s spouse and dependent children without the 12 month domiciliary requirement so long as they continue in full-time employment capacity or until they establish residency as described in the policy.
Dependent children that establish residency may maintain residence status if their parents subsequently leave the state. Likewise, a full-time professional practitioner or worker who is temporarily assigned to another location but maintains residency in Oklahoma (such as claiming Oklahoma for income tax purposes) shall be considered a resident for tuition and state scholarship and financial aid purposes, along with the Practitioner’s spouse and dependent children.
- Documented Foreign Nationals
Documented foreign nationals may attend as postsecondary students if they have appropriate educational visas. These individuals are eligible for in-state classification if they become lawful permanent residents, have resided in Oklahoma for at least 12 consecutive months, and meet domicile requirements as set forth in this policy.
Documented foreign nationals who are present in the U.S. with visas that allow full-time employment for extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, as an executive, manager, or specialist of a treaty nation company operating in the U.S. are eligible for out-of-state tuition waivers as long as they remain in full-time working status. Dependents of these documented foreign nationals who are lawfully present in Oklahoma based on the documented foreign national’s visa are also eligible for out-of-state tuition waivers.
- Military Personnel Members of the armed forces who provide evidence that they are fulltime
active duty in the armed forces stationed in Oklahoma or
temporarily present through military orders shall be immediately
classified upon admission as in-state status along with their spouse and
dependent children. Further, when members of the armed services are transferred out-of-state, the member, their spouse and dependent children
shall continue to be classified as in-state as long as they remain
Dependent children of members of the military reserve on full-time active duty shall be immediately classified upon admission as in-state status provided that Oklahoma is the home or record and the student maintains continuous enrollment. These dependent children shall retain in-state status without the 12 month requirement provided that the member of the military reserve was discharged or released under
conditions other than dishonorable and as long as the student remains continuously enrolled. For the purpose of this section, “home of record” is the location where the reservist enlisted, reenlisted, or was commissioned into the military.
Former full-time active military personnel who remain in Oklahoma after their service may retain their in-state status without the 12 month requirement if they establish domicile as defined in this policy.
- Temporary Absences
An Oklahoma resident may be absent from the state and retain Oklahoma resident status for tuition purposes provided he or she is enrolled as a non-resident in a full-time accredited post-secondary institution or is on active military duty and claims Oklahoma as his or her tax state and has not established resident status in any other state or the District of Columbia.
Oklahoma residents who leave the state for other reasons may be gone up to one calendar year without jeopardizing their resident status if they do not establish resident status in any other state or in the District of Columbia. Temporary absences lasting longer than one year will result in the loss of resident status unless there are extenuating circumstances and extraordinary efforts have been made to maintain Oklahoma residency during the absence.
Resident Tuition Reciprocity
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center does not participate in any in-state tuition reciprocity agreement with bordering states.
The Academic Common Market
The University does participate in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Academic Common Market non-resident tuition waiver program. This tuition waiver applies only to certain states and certain majors and does not constitute a change of resident status. For more information on the Academic Common Market, please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (405) 271-2359. Last Updated: August 1, 2011