Central Michigan University has a commitment to the resident taxpayers of the State of Michigan to provide educational opportunity at lower tuition rates than those charged to non-residents. Therefore, there are two general tuition rates, one for Michigan residents and a higher one for non-residents.
For the purposes of determining resident status by CMU, "domicile: is defined as the place where an individual intends his/her true, fixed and permanent home and principal establishment to be, and to which the individual intends to return whenever he or she is absent. This policy is designed to explain how a student may demonstrate the required intent and establishment of a domicile in Michigan. An individual whose activities and circumstances, as documented to the University, demonstrate that he or she has established a domicile in Michigan and intends to be domiciled in Michigan will be eligible for classification as a resident. An individual whose presence in the state is based on activities or circumstances that are indeterminate or temporary, such as (but not limited to) educational pursuits, will be presumed not to be domiciled in Michigan. The burden of proof is on the applicant to demonstrate with clear and convincing evidence that he or she is eligible for resident classification under this policy. To overcome a presumption of non-resident status, a student must file a properly completed Application for Resident Status and document with clear and convincing evidence that a Michigan domicile has been established. Furthermore, the University reserves the right to audit enrolled or prospective students at any time with regard to eligibility for resident classification and to reclassify students who are registered under an improper resident status.
If you are a new student currently applying for admission and have questions about your resident status, please contact:
If you are a current CMU student and have questions regarding a change in resident status, please contact:
telephone: (989) 774-3261
Application for Resident Status for Tuition Purposes
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Or if your prefer, e-mail your name and postal address to Karen Hutslar, CMU's Registrar, and a copy of the application will be mailed to you.
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