We love welcoming our friends from across the country to UMKC! Whether you live just across the state line or two time zones away, here’s what you need to know about become a Roo.

Tuition Discounts

Kansas Rate

UMKC, we’re proud to offer in-state undergraduate tuition to all Kansas residents. From Goodland to Wichita to Salina – you’re in.

Learn About the Kansas Rate


Heartland Rate

At UMKC, students from 15 nearby states pay less in tuition than other out-of-state students. Because your postal code shouldn't keep you from becoming a Roo!

Learn About the Heartland rate


Residency

How Residency is Initially Determined

  • First-time college students graduating from a non-Missouri high school will be classified as a non-Missouri resident until proof of permanent Missouri residency is provided.
  • Students who have not lived in their qualifying region for at least 12 months prior to applying to UMKC will be considered non-residents.
  • Any student who has a previous record as a non-Missouri resident will be considered a non-resident until that student submits a petition and it is approved.
  • The residency of students under the age of 21 can be determined by where their parents live.

Gaining Residency

  • Students over 21 may be eligible for residency if they have 12 months of domicile or if they relocated for retirement or employment.
  • Twelve months of domicile means that the student has lived in their region for at least a year and intends to make it his or her permanent home. Students are responsible for proving that they have lived in their region and for providing evidence that they intend to make this their permanent home for an indefinite period.
  • Relocation due to retirement or employment applies to students whose presence in Missouri is for the purpose of retirement, full-time employment, full-time professional practice or to conduct a business full-time. Students should have documentation to indicate the reason for relocation.
    • This can come in the form of a Missouri business or professional license, a business charter or a letter from the employer. An employer letter should contain a conformation of full-time employment, the dates of employment and the employer's contact information. This should be an official letter on the employer’s letterhead.

  • Students under 21 who are dependent on their parents will be eligible if their parents can prove 12 months of domicile in the appropriate region or that they relocated here for retirement or employment. Dependent students are not eligible if their parents live in a state other than Kansas or Missouri.
  • Students under 21 who are independent of their parents will be able to qualify for Missouri residency if they can prove their independence from their out-of-state parents. These students can prove their independence by providing evidence of legal emancipation or by proving their financial independence.
    • Both the student’s and the parent’s federal and state tax returns must be provided to show that the parents did not claim the student on their taxes.

  • Non-citizen students with lawful immigration status can become residents. This includes, but isn’t limited to, most visa types, refugees and asylees. Students holding F, J and M visas are not eligible for in-state tuition via Missouri residence, the Kansas Rate or the Heartland Rate.
  • Permanent residents (i.e. students with green cards) are eligible for in-state tuition. A continuing student who becomes a permanent resident while attending UMKC will not need to petition to change his or her residency status. These students can contact Admissions about residency changes.
  • Permanent residents who wish to get in-state tuition after moving to Missouri or Kansas will need to petition. If petitioning for residency, permanent residents do need to prove that they have 12 months of domicile or relocated here for retirement or employment purposes.

Petitioning Process

The Fee and Residency Committee uses the Determination of Student Residency Rules (PDF) to evaluate petitions. Students should read the rules prior to compiling their petitions. Students should refer to the UMKC Residency Checklist (PDF) when filing their petition.

Only currently admitted students can submit petitions, meaning a student must be admitted to the university before petitioning. 

  • Petition forms and all required documents can be submitted to:
UMKC Office of Admissions
Administrative Center, Room 120
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
  • Before submitting, students should make sure that all required documentation is included and that all account numbers and social security numbers on the documents have been blacked-out. Please do not staple any of the documents. Students should not submit original documents, only copies, as they will not be returned to the students.
  • Please note that after the petition is submitted, it cannot be returned to the student. This is why the documents submitted should be copies rather than originals.

Please submit the documents listed below. The first nine are mandatory. The last four are very strongly suggested.

  1. Complete petition form
  2. Personal Statement: Submit your personal statement explaining your reasons for moving to Missouri or Kansas, what you plan to do after UMKC and your ties to the community. This Statement will explain why your residency should be altered.
  3. Copy of evidence of domicile (lease, deed or mortgage): Copy of lease, mortgage or sublease with your name on it. This document must show your living situation for the 12 months prior to the academic term for which you are petitioning. It will include dates of residence, address, names of residents and the signature page. Do not submit the entire lease, only the relevant pages. If you have lived in multiple places during the last 12 months, please include all of the leases. If you live with a family member or a friend, submit a notarized letter from the official renter or owner detailing your living situation and the expenses you pay and either their lease or warranty deed for that time period.
  4. Secondary evidence of domicile documents: Copies of two documents of evidence of domicile (i.e. utility or phone bill, bank statement, etc.) Items must be dated 12 months prior to the academic term for which you are petitioning and the items cannot come from the same source (i.e., not two utility bills from the same company). Do not submit the entire document, only the page with your name, address and the date. Shipping labels and online purchase receipts are acceptable if they include your name, address and the date.
  5. Copy of a valid driver's license or state identification card: A temporary copy will not be accepted.
  6. Copies of federal and state income tax forms from last year: Submit a copy of pages one and two of last year’s federal 1040 income tax form and a copy of the first page of your state income tax form. Submit copies for all the states in which you filed.

    If you are under 21, submit parent tax forms. If your parents are divorced, please submit a copy of pages ong and two of last year’s tax return for each parent.

    If you are claimed as a dependent, then submit the tax forms of the person who claims you.

  7. Copies of relevant immigration documents (if student is a non-citizen)
  8. Copy of your marriage license (if applicable)
  9. Copy of legal emancipation documents (if student is under 21 and legally emancipated)
  10. Copy of your current voter registration verification
  11. Copy of your vehicle registration if you are listed as the sole owner of your car
  12. Proof of employment: This can be official payroll records/paystubs showing your dates of employment. This can also be a W-2.
  13. Copy of your most recent property tax receipt with your name listed on it

Please submit the following documents.

  1. Complete petition form
  2. Personal Statement: Submit your personal statement explaining your reasons for moving to Missouri or Kansas, what you plan to do after UMKC and your ties to the community. This statement will explain why your residency should be altered.
  3. Copy of evidence of domicile (lease, deed or mortgage): Copy of lease, mortgage or sublease with your name on it. This document must show your living situation for the 12 months prior to the academic term for which you are petitioning. It will include dates of residence, address, names of residents and the signature page. Do not submit the entire lease, only the relevant pages. If you have lived in multiple places during the last 12 months, please include all of the leases. If you live with a family member or a friend, submit a notarized letter from the official renter or owner detailing your living situation and the expenses you pay and either their lease or warranty deed for that time period.
  4. Proof that your purpose in Missouri is for retirement or employment: This is normally a letter from the employer which includes an acknowledgement of full-time employment, when the employment began and the employer’s address and contact information. For proof, a retiree can submit a social security verification or a letter from former employer.
  5. Copy of birth certificate (if student is a dependent)
  6. Copy of marriage license (if student is a spouse)
  7. Copies of relevant immigration documents: This will be copies of your current visa, permanent resident card or other official documentation relating a student’s current immigration status. Refugees and asylees can submit official USCIS documentation.

Please submit the following documents.

  1. Complete petition form
  2. Personal Statement: Submit your personal statement explaining your reasons for moving to Missouri or Kansas, what you plan to do after UMKC and your ties to the community. This statement will explain why your residency should be altered.
  3. Copy of evidence of domicile (lease, deed or mortgage or other relevant housing documents): This document must show your living situation for the 12 months prior to the academic term for which you are petitioning. It will include dates of residence, address, names of residents and the signature page. Do not submit the entire lease, only the relevant pages. If you have lived in multiple places during the last 12 months, please include all of the leases. If you live with a family member or a friend, submit a notarized letter from the official renter or owner detailing your living situation and the expenses you pay and either their lease or warranty deed for that time period.
  4. Copy of most recent military orders or DD214
  5. Copy of birth certificate (if student is a dependent)
  6. Copy of marriage license (if student is a spouse)

  • The Residency Committee considers each petition carefully. The Committee will deny a petition if it does not comply with the Student Residency Requirements or is missing any of the required documents. It is important to remember that a student may not be granted residency solely on the basis of submitting a petition.
  • After a student submits a petition, it can take up to four weeks for it to be evaluated.
  • The burden of proof lies with the student. The student is responsible for proving that he or she has lived in the appropriate region for at least 12 months and intends to make this a permanent home for an indefinite period. It can take up to four weeks to receive a response after submitting a petition.

I or my parents own property in Missouri or Kansas, but I live in another state. Will I be considered an in-state resident?
  • No, residency is based on where the student’s permanent home is. Owning property in Missouri or Kansas will not make you eligible for residency if you do not reside there permanently.

I am under 21 and my parents reside out-of-state. How do I prove that I am not dependent on them?
  • Students can demonstrate their independence by providing evidence of legal emancipation or by proving their financial independence. Independent students are not claimed on their parents’ taxes. Students under 21 who were claimed on their out-of-state parents' taxes are not eligible for residency.

When I have lived here for 12 months, will my residency change automatically so that I get in-state-tuition?
  • No, your residency status will not change automatically. The only way for an out-of-state student to have his or her residency changed is to petition.

I am a DACA student who has resided in Missouri or Kansas for 12 months. Can I get residency for tuition purposes?
  • No. Non-citizen students must process ‘lawful immigration status’ to be considered residents.

I am an H visa holder. Can I be considered a resident?
  • Yes, in most cases students with H visas are eligible for Missouri residency, or the Kansas or Metro rates. H visa holders who have lived here for 12 months prior to applying to UMKC will not need to submit a petition. Only those who have not lived here for 12 months need to petition.

When petitioning, should I submit secondary domicile documents for each of the past twelve months?
  • No. Do not submit all of your bank statements or utility bills for the whole year. Only two documents dated at least twelve months before the appropriate term are needed. If a document is multiple pages (such as bank statements) you need only submit the page that lists your address, name and the date.