The Office of Residency Classification assists graduate and undergraduate students with application for entitlement to pay in-state rates on tuition and fees.
SC Regulation 62-605. A. Resident status may not be acquired by an applicant or student while residing in South Carolina for the primary purpose of enrollment in an institution or for access to state supported programs designed to serve South Carolina residents. An applicant or student from another state who comes to South Carolina usually does so for the purpose of attending school. Therefore, an applicant or student who enrolls as a non-resident in an institution is presumed to remain a non-resident throughout his or her attendance and does not qualify under any of the residency provisions.
Each student or prospective student whose status for entitlement of in-state tuition and fees is uncertain can receive a University ruling. In doing so, students and their families must provide all relevant information on special application forms. Supporting documentation is routinely required.
Undergraduate students must submit a complete application, which consists of
These forms can be printed from this Web page or obtained from the Office of Residency Classification in G01 Sikes Hall, 864-656-2280.
Applications take several weeks to review once all of the documentation has been received. In order to receive a decision by the day bills are due, you must submit your application by the recommended deadlines which are:
Applications will be accepted until the day before the first day of classes for the term that a student is seeking in-state status, but the full out-of-state bill must be paid. If a student’s residence is changed, he or she will receive a refund for any overpaid tuition.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
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