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.
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.
No. PLUS loans are applied for and awarded to the parents.
No, nothing is automatic about residency. You must meet all of the requirements, submit a residency application and be approved before you become 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.
You still must meet the other requirements. For admission, other factors are important, such as the source of transcripts and addresses of 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.
No, since it is not possible to document the source of the funds. Support must come from the sources listed in the law/regulations.
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.
You must provide at least 51 percent of your total support. Total support must also be greater than total expenses.