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Residency

A student’s residency status determines which tuition rate will apply to that student. In-state-tuition is available to students with Missouri, Undergraduate Kansas, or Graduate Metro residency and students with the military rate.

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 21 can be determined by where their parents’ live.

In-state tuition rates

Missouri Residency
  • Missouri residency is applicable to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. This includes law, medical, dental, and pharmacy students.
Kansas Rate
  • The Kansas rate is for undergraduate students living in Kansas. This rate is not available to students in professional programs, such as law, medical, dental, and pharmacy programs.
  • Visit the Kansas Rate page to find out more.
Metro Rate
  • The Metro rate is for graduate students in the Kansas City Metro area. This rate is not available to students in professional programs, such as the law, medical, dental, and pharmacy programs.
  • Visit the Metro Rate page to find out more.
Military Rate
  • Active military members currently living in Missouri or Kansas, as well as those who have been discharged within the last 3 years, will qualify for the military rate. Military spouses and dependents can also use this rate.
  • The military rate can be used by students in any academic program, including the law, medical, dental, and pharmacy programs.
  • Often times students who provide DD-214s during the application process do not need to petition for a residency change.

Discounted tuition rates

The Heartland Rate
  • If you are a resident of the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas or Wisconsin, you may be eligible for the Heartland Rate.
  • Visit the Heartland Rate page to find out more.
Midwest Student Exchange Program
  • The MSEP enables residents of Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, and North Dakota to enroll in designated institutions and selected graduate programs at reduced tuition levels outside of their home state.
  • Visit the Midwest Student Exchange Program page to find out more.

Students do not need to petition for the Heartland and MSEP rates. If a student is eligible for one of these rates, that will be determined during the initial application process.

Important dates
Semester Qualifying 12 months Deadline for petition and all supporting documents
Fall August to August Aug 1st
Spring January to January Dec 1st
Summer May to May May 1st

Petitions received after the above deadline dates will be reviewed for the following term.

Minimum eligibility requirements for Missouri residency, the Kansas rate, and the Metro rate

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, fulltime 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 employers 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 from 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

Noncitizen students with lawful immigration status can become residents. This includes, but isn’t limited to, most visa types, refuges, and asylees. Students holding F, J, and M visas are NOT eligible for in-state tuition via Missouri residence, the Kansas rate, or the Metro rate.

Permanent residents (i.e. students with green cards) are eligible 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 inquire to the Admissions Office 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 to evaluate petitions. Students should read the rules prior to compiling their petitions.

Petition forms and all required documents can be submitted to UMKC's Office of Admissions in the Administrative Center on Oak Street. 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. Only currently admitted students can submit petitions, meaning a student must be admitted to the university before petitioning.
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.

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 twelve 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.

If petitioning based on twelve months of domicile, then please submit the documents listed below. The first 9 are mandatory. The last 4 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 twelve 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 2 documents of evidence of domicile (i.e. utility or phone bill, bank statement, etc.) Items must be dated twelve months prior to the academic term for which you are petitioning and the items cannot come from the same source (i.e., not 2 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 1 and 2 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 1 and 2 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's 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 W2.
  13. Copy of your most recent property tax receipt with your name listed on it

If petitioning based on relocation due to employment or retirement, 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 twelve 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 student’s current immigration status. Refugees and asylees can submit official USCIS documentation.

If petitioning based on military status or based on military discharge within the last three years, then 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 twelve 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)

Common Questions

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 independents by providing evidence of legal emancipation or by proving their financial independence. Independent students are not claimed on their parents’ taxes. Student under 21 who were claimed on their out-of-state parent’s taxes are not be 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. noncitizen 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 twelve months prior to applying to UMKC will not need to submit a petition. Only those who have not lived here for twelve 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.

Resources

Residency Petition

Contact us

Email

Phone: 816-235-5236

UM Residence & Educational Fee Rules

UM Collected Rules and Regulations on Residence Determination

Other Financial Aid

There are also several scholarships and other types of aid that offset the cost of paying out of state tuition that you may be eligible for.

Contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office for more information Admission Office
Administrative Center
Room 120
5115 Oak St