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Office of the Registrar

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
Room 119

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr MS 4260
Moscow, ID 83844-4260

registrar@uidaho.edu
Phone: (208) 885-6731
Fax: (208) 885-9061

Idaho Residency for Tuition Purposes

Residency classification for tuition determination at the University of Idaho is governed by Idaho Statute §33-3717B and Idaho Administrative Code 08.01.04 (under revision).

Initial Determination of Residency Status

When you apply to the University of Idaho, your application materials are used by the Admissions Office to determine your status as a resident or non-resident for tuition purposes.  If you are a new applicant and have questions about your initial residency determination, please contact the Admissions Office.

WWAMI Medical Certification

Upon receipt of request from UW, applicants to WWAMI program will follow the instructions for Certifying Residency below. Make sure to select the WWAMI worksheet to designate the program; DO NOT submit worksheet prior to receiving the request for secondary application/certification from UW. Residency requirements must be met at the time certification is requested for professional programs, not 12 months prior to enrolling.

WIMU Veterinary Certification

In conjunction with application to the WSU WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine, applicants will follow the instructions for Certifying Residency below. Make sure to select the WIMU worksheet to designate the program. Residency requirements must be met at the time certification is requested, not 12 months prior to enrolling in the program.

Applying for or Certifying Idaho Residency

A student who wishes to apply for or certify residency must submit a worksheet for review; no determinations are made verbally. The burden of proof rests with the applicant to provide clear and convincing evidence of satisfying the Idaho residency requirements. Submitting a worksheet does not guarantee classification as a resident for tuition purposes.

Students are not eligible for Idaho residency for tuition purposes when:

  • Attending an Idaho institution with financial assistance provided by another state or governmental entity thereof within the last 12 months. WUE is such financial assistance and disqualifies a student from establishing residency.
  • Not a US citizen or permanent resident, or not otherwise lawfully present in the US.

Requirements to Establish Idaho Residency

There are two components to establish Idaho residency for tuition purposes: Pathway and Domicile. Applicants must meet all conditions for both the selected pathway and domicile in order to qualify as an Idaho resident for tuition purposes.

PATHWAYS

  1. Dependent Student
    Student is a dependent of parent/legal guardian who has been domiciled in Idaho for at least 12 months prior to the term the student is applying for residency. The parent/guardian must demonstrate maintenance of a bona fide domicile in Idaho for at least 12 months.

  2. Independent Student
    Student is not a dependent of parent/legal guardian, has continuously resided in, and can demonstrate maintenance of a bona fide domicile in Idaho for purposes other than education for at least 12 months prior to the term applying for residency.

  3. Graduate of Idaho High School
    Student graduated from an accredited high school in Idaho, is domiciled in Idaho, and matriculates within 6 years immediately following high school graduation.

  4. Elementary/Secondary Education Completed in Idaho
    Student completed 6 years of elementary and/or secondary school in Idaho, is domiciled in Idaho, and matriculates within 6 years immediately following high school graduation.

  5. Married to an Idaho Resident
    Student is married to a person who is classified, or eligible for classification, as an Idaho resident for the purposes of attending an Idaho public institution. Spouse must demonstrate maintenance of a bona fide domicile in Idaho for at least 12 months prior to the term applying for residency. *If the student has been enrolled full-time during the prior 12 months, then residency must be based on self under the Independent Student pathway 2.

  6. Armed Forces
    Any independent student, spouse, or parent/guardian of a dependent student who meets one of the following criteria. Armed Forces includes US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the reserve forces of those groups; it does not include related civilian employees.
    1. Member of Armed Forces who entered service as an Idaho resident, has maintained Idaho resident status, but is stationed outside of Idaho on military orders.
    2. Member of Armed Forces stationed in Idaho on military orders.
    3. Officer or enlisted member of the Idaho National Guard.
    4. Member who has separated under honorable conditions after at least 2 years of service and enters an Idaho public institution within 1 year of separation date:
      • Who at the time of separation designated Idaho as intended domicile or
      • Who listed Idaho as home of record in service or
      • Who moves to Idaho for purpose of establishing domicile; provided, however, to maintain status as a resident student, must actively establish domicile within 1 year of registration at an Idaho public institution.
  7. Member of Idaho Native American Indian Tribe
    Student who is a member of one of the following tribes: Coeur d'Alene, Eastern Shoshone, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Paiute, or Shoshone-Bannock.

DOMICILE

Domicile is an individual's true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation. Establishment of domicile is supported by demonstrating the following criteria has been maintained for a minimum of 12 months prior to the start of the term.

Independent students enrolled full-time during the prior 12 months must prove:

  • Permanent full-time (30+ hours/week or 120+ hours/month) employment in Idaho AND
  • Filing of an Idaho state resident tax return for the prior year

Parent/guardian, spouse, or independent student not enrolled full-time in the prior 12 months must prove:

  • Permanent full-time (30+ hours/week or 120+ hours/month) employment in Idaho AND
  • Filing of an Idaho state resident tax return for the prior year

     OR establishment of at least FIVE of the following factors:

  • Ownership or leasing of residence in Idaho
  • Registration and payment of Idaho taxes or fees (vehicle), other than income tax
  • Registration to vote in Idaho
  • Holding Idaho driver's license or ID card
  • Evidence of abandonment of previous domicile
  • Establishment of accounts with Idaho financial institutions
  • Other similar factors such as: 1) enrollment of dependent children in Idaho primary or secondary schools; 2) acceptance of permanent employment in Idaho; 3) documentation of need to care for relative in Idaho; 4) utility statements; or 5) employment documentation

Applying for Residency

WHEN TO APPLY

Applications are accepted for Fall semester starting in July and for Spring semester starting in December. Residency is not reviewed for summer as non-resident tuition is not charged. The deadline to submit applications is the 10th day of the semester, however all qualifications must have been met for a minimum of 12 months before the first day of the semester.

WWAMI and WIMU applications for certification are accepted when requested during the application review period. The deadline for certification is determined by UW and WSU respectively.

Students will be emailed a decision within 2-3 business days after submission of their application. UI students must use VandalMail; WWAMI and WIMU applicants may use a personal email.


HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Thoroughly review the requirements first to ensure qualifications are met. Print the appropriate Residency Determination Worksheet. Carefully read instructions and answer each applicable question; leave sections blank that are not applicable to the followed pathway.

WORKSHEETS

Step 2: Attach copies of required DOCUMENTATION, indicated below, to support all requirements. Applicants may be asked to supply additional documentation, if necessary, after initial review of their application. All documentation must be in the name of the person on whom residency is being based (student, spouse, or parent/guardian).

  1. Dependent Student (Section 2)
    • Parent/guardian tax return: current tax return demonstrating student claimed as dependent.
    • Parent evidence of domicile (Section 4).
  2. Independent Student (Section 3)
    • Parent/guardian tax return: current tax return demonstrating student not claimed as dependent.
    • Evidence of domicile (Section 4).
  3. Graduate of Idaho High School (Section 1)
    • Idaho high school transcript: demonstrating graduation date.
  4. Six Years Elementary and/or Secondary Education in Idaho (Section 1)
    • Idaho elementary and/or high school transcripts: proof of enrollment dates from school(s) may substitute for transcript.
    • High school transcript: demonstrating graduation date.
  5. Spouse of Idaho Resident (Section 3)
    • Marriage certificate: demonstrating relationship.
    • Spouse evidence of domicile (Section 4).
  6. Armed Forces (Section 5)
    • Military orders and Form DD 1966 or Form DD 4 or Leave and Earning Statement: if stationed outside of Idaho.
    • Military orders assigning to Idaho: if stationed in state.
    • Form DD 4/2, parts D and E: member of Idaho National Guard.
    • Member 4 copy of DD 214: if separated from military.
    • Parent tax return: for dependents of military member, must include most recent return demonstrating student claimed as dependent.
    • Marriage certificate: for spouse of military member to demonstrate relationship.
  7. Member of Idaho Native American Tribe (Section 6)
    • Membership card or papers: demonstrating tribal membership.

Step 3: The student must have his or her signature notarized, and if residency is based on another person (spouse or parent/guardian), that individual must also have his or her signature notarized. Any public notary can notarize the required signatures. Notary service is available in the Registrar's Office.

Step 4: Submit original, notarized worksheet with copies of required documentation by postal mail or in-person at the Registrar's Office, Bruce Pitman Center Room 119.

MAILING ADDRESS

Office of the Registrar
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4260
Moscow, ID 83844-4260

Office of the Registrar

Physical Address:
Bruce M. Pitman Center
Room 119

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr MS 4260
Moscow, ID 83844-4260

registrar@uidaho.edu
Phone: (208) 885-6731
Fax: (208) 885-9061