A person enrolling at Michigan State University shall be classified as an in-state or out-of-state student for the purposes of administering admission, fees, and tuition charges. It is the student's responsibility to register under the proper in-state or out-of-state classification. If a student has a question regarding his/her classification, the student should contact the Office of the Registrar at least one month before registering.
The following regulations set forth the major points governing determination of in-state and out-of-state status and the payment of out-of-state tuition.
Students whose claim is based on permanent, full-time employment for themselves, or parent/spouse must provide the following for whom the in-state status claim is based:
Students are encouraged to provide additional documentation necessary to support their claim for in-state status. Additional documentary evidence may be requested.
The Request for Classification to In-State Status with attached documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, 150 Administration Building, at least one month in advance of the semester in which reclassification. Once all documents have been received, the average processing time is 2-4 weeks.
The Request for Classification to In-State Status and accompanying documentation will not be returned. The student is advised to keep a copy for his/her records.
The Request for Classification to In-State Status will be given to a Review Committee comprised of at least three members including the University Registrar. In cases where 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 where possible.
Documentation supporting a claim of Michigan domicile must be detailed and complete. If, in the opinion of the Review Committee, the documentation submitted is not sufficiently detailed and complete, the student will be so notified in writing. In that written notification, the student will be invited to discuss any remaining questions with an Office of the Registrar staff members.