Ohio Residency & Tuition Reciprocity
Ohio Residency Rules and Guidelines
All students enrolled in the University of Cincinnati are assessed tuition based on their state residency as determined by the University. Because the State of Ohio provides financial support for the University, residents of Ohio are charged lower tuition than non-Ohio residents.
The State of Ohio has developed specific regulations concerning residency classification for tuition assessment purposes. Listed below are the major General Residency Rules that apply to students in the College of Medicine.
- A dependent student will be classified as a resident of Ohio if at least one parent or legal guardian has been a resident of the state of Ohio for all other legal purposes for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the enrollment of the student in the University.
- A person who has been a resident of Ohio for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding his or her enrollment in the University and who is not receiving, and has not directly or indirectly received in the preceding twelve (12) consecutive months, financial support from persons or entities who are not residents of Ohio for all other legal purposes will be classified as a resident of Ohio.
- Persons on active duty status in the United States military who are stationed or reside in Ohio shall be considered residents of Ohio.
- A person who enters and currently remains upon active duty status in the United States military service while a resident of Ohio for all other legal purposes as long as Ohio remains the state of such person's domicile shall be considered a resident of Ohio. (Domicile for military personnel is the place a military person declares to be his or her home for voting and taxation purposes.)
- A person's immigration status will not prohibit an individual from obtaining resident status in the State of Ohio if that person has the current legal status to remain permanently in the United States.
- A student whose spouse has begun working in Ohio before the first day of the academic year can be given immediate reclassification as an Ohio resident. The student must apply for reclassification. Documentation will be required.
The guidelines listed here are not complete. The full guidelines and a Frequently Asked Questions section are available on the UC Financial website. If you have any questions concerning your current residency status or the requirements for becoming an Ohio resident for purposes of tuition assessment, you should contact Dr. Daniel Burr in the College of Medicine Financial Aid Office or Pamela Hogeback in the Office of Student Records, 5th Floor, University Pavilion, (513) 556-9904.
Because the amount of institutional financial aid available each year is limited, the Financial Aid Advisory Committee has determined that in the second through fourth years of medical school the appropriate Ohio resident budget will be used in determining eligibility for need-based financial aid.
Students who choose not to apply for Ohio residency or whose application for residency is denied can be funded up to the maximum allowed for the non-resident cost of attendance through the federal Stafford and Grad PLUS loans.
UC College of Medicine
Financial Aid Services
Daniel Burr, PhD
Assistant Dean for Student Financial Planning