Office of Residency Classification

Residency Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does owning property in South Carolina allow students to receive in-state tuition?

2. Can personal loans and gifts from parents and relatives be counted as support that a student has provided?

3. Are Parent (PLUS) loans considered financial support contributed by students?

4. If I have lived in South Carolina for more than one year, does that make me eligible for in-state tuition?

5. If I move here and live with relatives, does that make me eligible?

6. Am I eligible for residency if I use a South Carolina address on all of my records and legal documents?

7. Are prepaid tuition plans considered financial support provided by the parents?

8. Can I use the money I’ve saved in my savings and checking account to establish my financial independence?

9. What is the difference in applying for residency as dependent or independent?

10. Am I required to provide 51 percent of my total financial support or 51 percent of my total expenses?

 

1. Does owning property in South Carolina allow students to receive in-state tuition?

For independent students, owning property by itself does not allow students to receive in-state tuition, as the other requirements still must be met. For parents of dependent students, South Carolina must be the primary state of residence. Simply owning property is not sufficient. Property taxes go into the local county/city treasuries; Clemson is supported in part by taxes paid to the state.

2. Can personal loans and gifts from parents and relatives be counted as support that a student has provided?

No. Loans and gifts are considered money coming from elsewhere and don’t count toward financial independence. Financial support must come from the sources listed in the law/regulations.

3. Are Parent (PLUS) loans considered financial support contributed by students?

No. PLUS loans are applied for and awarded to the parents.

4. If I have lived in South Carolina for more than one year, does that make me eligible for in-state tuition?

No, nothing is automatic about residency. You must meet all of the requirements, submit a residency application and be approved before you become eligible.

5. If I move here and live with relatives, does that make me eligible?

Not unless the relatives have been made your legal guardian through the court, before age eighteen. The law states that if it appears that steps have been taken just to obtain resident tuition, the application will not be approved.

6. Am I eligible for residency if I use a South Carolina address on all of my records and legal documents?

You still must meet the other requirements. For admission, other factors are important, such as the source of transcripts and addresses of parents.

7. Are prepaid tuition plans considered financial support provided by the parents?

Even though prepayment plans are in students’ names, the parents contributed the funds and received the tax benefits. Therefore, they are considered funds from the parents.

8. Can I use the money I’ve saved in my savings and checking account to establish my financial independence?

No, since it is not possible to document the source of the funds. Support must come from the sources listed in the law/regulations.

9. What is the difference in applying for residency as dependent or independent?

If the parents provided more than half of the student’s support for the past 12 months, the student is still considered dependent and it is the parents that must meet the residency requirements. If the student provided the majority of support, then the student may be eligible to apply as independent.

10. Am I required to provide 51 percent of my total financial support or 51 percent of my total expenses?

You must provide at least 51 percent of your total support. Total support must also be greater than total expenses.