These regulations establish the criteria for eligibility to receive in-state tuition rates at Michigan State University. Based on information supplied in the application for admission, a student will be classified as an in-state or out-of-state student. Any student who believes he/she has been incorrectly classified may complete an Application for Classification to In-State Fee Status (see section V., below).
Students may qualify for in-state tuition status in any of the following ways:
For purposes of these Regulations, “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/she is absent from the University.
Generally, an individual whose activities and circumstances, as documented to the University, demonstrate that he/she is domiciled in Michigan will be eligible for in-state tuition status. An individual whose presence in the State is based on activities or circumstances that are indeterminate or temporary will not be eligible for in-state tuition status.
A. Dependent Students.
The domicile of a dependent student1 is presumed to be the same as that of the student's natural or adoptive parents.2 If only one parent is domiciled in Michigan, the student will be presumed to be a Michigan domiciliary whether or not that parent is the student's custodial parent.
A parent will be considered to be domiciled in Michigan if he/she:
(1) is permanently employed in Michigan;
(2) has established a household in Michigan; and
(3) has severed out-of-state ties.
B. Non-dependent Students.
A non-dependent student will be considered domiciled in Michigan if he/she has resided in Michigan for the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the semester for which he/she is seeking in-state tuition status,3 and also meets either of the following criteria:
Non-U.S. citizens who are entitled to reside permanently in the United States are eligible for in-state tuition by showing that they have established a Michigan domicile as defined in sections I(A) or I(B) of these Regulations. At present, non-U.S. citizens who are entitled to reside permanently in the United States include:
D. Circumstances that do not Demonstrate Michigan Domicile.
None of the following conclusively demonstrates Michigan domicile:
II. Establishing Eligibility through Michigan High School Attendance and Graduation.
Students who meet all of the following three (3) requirements will be eligible for in-state tuition status:
Students are eligible to receive in-state tuition under this section regardless of whether they are domiciled in Michigan, residents of Michigan, or citizens of the United States.
III. Other Ways to Establish Eligibility.
Students who meet any of the following standards will receive in-state tuition:
IV. Absences from Michigan.
If a student, or the parent of a dependent student, is domiciled in Michigan, but has been temporarily transferred outside Michigan by his/her employer (but has not become domiciled outside Michigan), the student will receive in-state tuition.
If the student, or the parent of a dependent student, moves out of Michigan after the completion of the student’s sophomore year in an accredited Michigan high school, the student will receive in-state tuition if: (1) the student and his/her parent resided in Michigan for a minimum of ten (10) years prior to departure; and (2) the student attends the University the fall semester following high school graduation.
If a student, or the parent of a dependent student, moves out of Michigan during the time the student is enrolled as a full-time student at the University, the student's in-state tuition status will be maintained as long as he/she continues to be enrolled. If a student moves out of Michigan for more than twelve (12) months while enrolled as a less than full-time student, the student will not be eligible for in-state tuition, unless the student presents clear and convincing evidence that he/she has maintained his/her domicile in Michigan despite the move.
A prospective student who qualifies for in-state tuition under sections I., II., or III. above will be eligible for in-state intuition even if he/she attends a college or university outside of Michigan prior to enrolling at the University.
V. Applying for In-State Tuition Status.
Any student who has been classified as out-of-state and who believes he/she is eligible for in-state tuition status under the above provisions must submit:
A student requesting in-state status based on his/her residence, or a dependent student who is establishing domicile through his/her parent(s), must also provide:
A student requesting in-state status based on the permanent, full-time employment of herself or himself, a parent, or a spouse must provide all of the above items listed in this section, and:
The application and documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, Hannah Administration Building, 426 Auditorium Road, Room 150, East Lansing, MI 48824, at least thirty (30) days before the start of the semester for which in-state tuition status is sought. The average processing time is two (2) to four (4) weeks after all documents have been received. In-state status applies only to entire semesters. Students will not be granted in-state status for part of a semester. The application and documentation will not be returned. The student is advised to keep a copy for his/her records.
The application will be given to a Review Committee comprised of at least three (3) members, including the University Registrar. In cases where the documentation appears to be unclear or incomplete, a member of the Review Committee will attempt to contact the student and explain the need for further clarification and/or supportive documentation.
VI. Appeal of a Decision of Ineligibility for In-State Tuition.
A student desiring to challenge the decision of the Review Committee shall have the right to appeal the determination. The appeal should consist of a written statement and any supporting documentation explaining why the decision of the Review Committee is wrong.
The appeal will be reviewed by the Out-of-State Fees Committee. The Out-of-State Fees Committee consists of the Executive Vice President, Administrative Services, Chairperson; the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services; the Associate Controller; the Dean of the Graduate School; the Dean of Undergraduate Studies; one (1) undergraduate student representing ASMSU; one (1) graduate student representing COGS; the Director of Admissions, ex officio; and the University Registrar and his/her designee, ex officio. Ex officio members are non-voting.
If a student's appeal is denied by the Out-of-State Fees Committee, the student may ask to appear in person before the Out-of-State Fees Committee to further clarify his/her position. A student wishing to appear in person should file a written request with the Office of the Registrar. The request should specify the documentation about which the student intends to speak.
The University will correct any errors that have occurred in determining eligibility for in-state tuition. When a student provides evidence that he/she was eligible for in-state tuition in a prior semester, the student may seek retroactive in-state tuition status and a refund of the out-of-state tuition differential. The student should send a written request with supporting documentation to the Office of the Registrar, 150 Administration Building.
If a student has accepted a bona fide offer of permanent, full-time employment in Michigan following graduation from the University, the student may seek a refund of the out-of-state tuition differential paid in any semesters falling completely within the twelve (12) months preceding the date of the student's acceptance of the offer of employment. Students who received financial aid during this twelve-month period will have their eligibility recalculated and their tuition refund will be reduced by the amount of aid for which they are determined ineligible.
Falsification of records is prohibited. According to Article 5.01 of the University's General Student Regulations, "No student shall provide false information for the purpose of gaining benefit for oneself or others to any office, agency, or individual acting on behalf of the University." The University reserves the right to audit enrolled or prospective students at any time with regard to eligibility for in-state tuition.