II. Determining Resident Status
A student's status as a resident or non-resident is established based upon the domicile of the student. The circumstances and activities to be considered in determining a student's domicile are set forth below:

A. Resident Status
  1. A student who is a dependent of parents who have established Michigan as their domicile will be classified as a resident for tuition purposes.

  2. A student 18 years or older who has attained independent status may be classified as a resident for tuition purposes if the student:

    1. documents one year of continual physical presence in the state as one of the criteria for determining eligibility for resident status, as described in Article II.C., below, and,

    2. demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that the student has established Michigan as his or her domicile and intends to make Michigan the student's permanent home, each independent of the student's attendance at CMU.
B. Non-Resident Status
  1. Any student under the age of 18 whose parents have not established Michigan as their domicile is presumed to be a non-resident student.

  2. Any student over the age of 18 who is financially dependent on parents who have not established Michigan as their domicile is presumed to be a non-resident student.
C. Physical Presence in Michigan
  1. Generally, an individual must document one year of continual physical presence in the state as one of the criteria for determining eligibility for resident status. The year to be documented will be one year immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term in question. The year of continuous presence is never the only criterion used for determining resident eligibility and, in itself, will not qualify a student for resident status.

  2. If the one year resident requirement is fulfilled while a student is enrolled in this University or another institution of higher education, it is presumed that this student has not established domicile in the State of Michigan. However, if substantial information exists (see below for other factors) which clearly demonstrates the establishment of a Michigan domicile, the individual may be immediately eligible for resident status prior to the passage of one year.
D. Circumstances and Activities Which Lend Support to a Claim of Michigan Resident Status

The following circumstances and activities, though not conclusive or exhaustive, may lend support to a claim that a student has established Michigan as the student's domicile and intends to make Michigan the student's permanent domicile.
  1. A person appointed to a regular full-time position at the University may be classified as a Michigan resident for tuition purposes.

  2. A non-resident transferred to Michigan for employment purposes may be classified as a Michigan resident for tuition purposes.

  3. A student who has no previous history of living in the state but enrolls at CMU while on military assignment in Michigan, or who enrolls immediately upon discharge from military service, may be classified as a Michigan resident for tuition purposes.

  4. A student who is married to a person who is classified as a Michigan resident will be classified as a Michigan resident for tuition purposes.

  5. A student who has a parent or grandparent who graduated from Central Michigan University will be classified as a Michigan resident for tuition purposes.

  6. Additional Circumstances and Activities:
    1. Continuous presence in Michigan during periods when not enrolled as a student.

    2. Reliance upon only Michigan sources for financial support.

    3. Domicile in Michigan of family, guardian or other relatives or persons legally responsible for the student.

    4. Former domicile in the State of Michigan and maintenance of significant connections therein while absent.

    5. Ownership of a home in Michigan if purchased without support from non-Michigan sources.

    6. Admission to and full-time practice of a licensed profession in Michigan.

    7. Long-term military commitments in Michigan.

    8. Permanent, full-time employment in Michigan provided that the applicant's employment is the primary purpose for the applicant's presence in Michigan.

    9. Spouse's full-time, permanent employment in the state, provided that the spouse's employment is the primary purpose for the student's presence in Michigan.
In classifying an individual as a resident, the University will consider other circumstances and activities which indicate an intent by the individual to make Michigan the individual's domicile or which indicate that the individual has made Michigan his or her domicile.

E. Circumstances and Activities Which Generally Lend No Support to a Claim of Michigan Resident Status

The following circumstances and activities are temporary and indeterminate and, in and of themselves, do not demonstrate a permanent domicile in Michigan:
  1. Voting or registration for voting in Michigan.

  2. Possession of a Michigan driver's license.

  3. Employment that is temporary or short-term.

  4. Employment in a position normally held by a student.

  5. Ownership of a Michigan home if purchased with support from non-Michigan sources.

  6. The lease of living quarters.

  7. Payment of Michigan income or property taxes.

  8. Financial hardship of the student caused by having to pay a higher tuition rate, or by any other reason.

  9. The applicant's statement of intent to be domiciled in Michigan.

  10. Presence in Michigan while in attendance at CMU or another institution of higher education.

F. Non-Citizens Lawfully Admitted to the United States
(Lawful admission status is determined by the Director of the Office of International Education, or designee):
  1. A non-citizen of the United States may be eligible for classification as a Michigan resident for tuition purposes, if such person has an appropriate, current visa, and meets the requirements for Michigan resident status specified in this policy.

  2. A non-citizen transferred to Michigan for employment purposes may be classified as a Michigan resident for tuition purposes, if such person has an appropriate, current visa, and meets the requirements for Michigan resident status specified in this policy.

  3. A non-citizen student who has a parent or grandparent who graduated from Central Michigan University will be classified as a Michigan resident for tuition purposes, if such person has an appropriate, current visa.

Revised March 6, 2006