Kansas Residency for Tuition Purposes

Classification as a resident of Kansas for tuition purposes is governed by Kansas state law and regulations, not university policy. Residency for other purposes, or at a Kansas community college, is governed by different laws and regulations. A person can be a resident for any other purpose and NOT be a resident for tuition purposes at a state university. The below provides a general overview and key issues related to residency. It does not supersede the statutes or regulations which contain detailed requirements.

  • The most basic rule of residency is that a student must have continuous physical presence in Kansas for at least 365 days prior to the first day of classes for the term in which they are applying for residency.
  • Residency applicants must prove they are living in Kansas for reasons other than educational purposes. This can be very difficult to prove if the student is enrolled full-time and has been since coming to Kansas.
  • Sources of financial support must come from Kansas sources. Income from full-time, non-student jobs are beneficial to a residency application. Maintaining financial or other ties to other states will hinder residency.
  • Applicants for residency must show intent to remain in Kansas indefinitely. This intent is exhibited by actions taken, not simply by a statement of intent. Many factors are evaluated in a residency review and can strengthen the application. They do not, however, establish residency by themselves. Such factors include having a Kansas driver’s license or registering to vote in Kansas.

Helpful Links:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Residency Regulations - Kansas Administrative Regulations (K.A.R.) - Kansas Board of Regents
Residency Statutes - Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A.) - Kansas State Legislature



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