UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Residency For Tuition Purposes

Upon admission students are classified as residents or non-residents. Residency for tuition purposes is based upon standards set forth in Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2), which govern resident status for tuition purposes. These standards are different from other standards used to determine residency for voting, paying taxes, and other purposes. Therefore, it is important that you understand the Wisconsin statute governing resident status for tuition purposes and how it may apply to you.

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Residence Frequently Asked Questions

What if I'm a graduate from a Wisconsin High School and I have parents who reside permanently in Wisconsin?

If you graduated from a Wisconsin high school and one or both of your parents have lived continuously as bona fide residents in Wisconsin for at least the twelve months prior to the beginning of any term for which you enroll at University of Wisconsin-River Falls, or your last surviving parent was a bona fide resident of the State for the year before death, your classification is resident under Section (c) of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2). There is no age limitation on claiming residence under this section of the Statute.

To claim legal Wisconsin residence for tuition purposes under the provisions of Section (c) of the Statute, you should check "yes" for the question on the application asking whether you claim Wisconsin residence, then complete the information requested regarding your high school, city, state and date of graduation, as well as the information about your parents' residence. Your residence status will be determined by the Office of the Registrar at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for resident tuition under this provision of the Statute, contact the Registrar's Office: 715-425-3342; 105 North Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI 54022; registrar@uwrf.edu

What if I am a minor?

See Section (a)(4) of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2)

If you are a minor and have resided substantially in Wisconsin during your years of minority (while under the age of 18), and at least the full year before your enrollment, you will be classified as a resident student for tuition purposes. The Registrar's Office may contact you for further information regarding your residence.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for resident tuition under this provision of the Statute, contact the Registrar's Office: 715-425-3342; 105 North Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI 54022; registrar@uwrf.edu

What if I am a minor under guardianship in this state?

See(a)(5) of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2)

According to the Statute governing residence for tuition purposes, a minor who is under guardianship in Wisconsin pursuant to ch. 48 or 880, Wisconsin Statutes, is entitled to exemption from nonresident tuition, provided the guardian has been officially appointed by a Judge of a Wisconsin court of record and has been a bona fide resident of Wisconsin for at least 12 months immediately prior to the minor's registration at the University.

If you are under guardianship of a Wisconsin resident and meet the criteria above, the Registrar's Office will contact you and your guardian to request further documentation.

In order for you to remain eligible for exemption from nonresident tuition, you need to demonstrate your intention to become a bona fide resident of Wisconsin when you become an adult.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for resident tuition under this provision of the Statute, contact the Registrar's Office: 715-425-3342; 105 North Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI 54022; registrar@uwrf.edu

What if I am claimed as a tax dependent of a parent and have a parent who resides in Wisconsin?

See Section (a)(3) of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2)

You may qualify as a resident in accordance with Section (a)(3) of the Statute if:

1. One of your parents is a bona fide resident of Wisconsin for at least the twelve months prior to the beginning of any semester, and

2. You are claimed as a tax dependent for Federal income tax purposes by one of your parents, and

3. You will continue to be claimed as a dependent by one of your parents.

On your application to University of Wisconsin-River Falls, you should claim legal Wisconsin residence. The Registrar's Office will contact you to obtain additional information.

If you have a parent who moved to Wisconsin because of their employment and you are a tax dependent of that parent, you may meet the qualifications for residency under Section (cm) of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2). For further information and requirements go to the next question.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for resident tuition under this provision of the Statute, contact the Registrar's Office: 715-425-3342; 105 North Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI 54022; registrar@uwrf.edu

What if I or my parents or my spouse recently moved to Wisconsin because of employment?

See Section (cm) of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2)

If you have moved to Wisconsin to engage in full-time employment, you and your spouse at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and dependents may be exempt from nonresident tuition in the University of Wisconsin System.

Section (cm) of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2) allows the following persons--and their spouses and dependents--to qualify for exemption from nonresident tuition immediately upon moving to Wisconsin, without having to wait a twelve month period to be eligible to be classified as a resident:

1. Individuals who have been relocated to Wisconsin for employment purposes by their current employer and who remain continuously employed full-time by that employer.

2. Individuals who accepted their current full-time employment with a new employer before moving to Wisconsin and before filing an application for admission to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In addition, such individuals must have moved to Wisconsin for employment purposes and must have remained continuously employed full-time by that same employer since their arrival in order to continue to qualify under this section of the Statute.

If you are not a United States citizen, you must be on a visa which permits indefinite residence in the United States by the time you enroll at University of Wisconsin-River Falls to qualify for residence under Section 36.27(2)(cm).

When the Registrar's Office receives your application for admission from your admitting office, indicating you are claiming residence, you will be asked to provide additional documentation.

If you are unsure whether you qualify for resident tuition under this provision of the Statute, contact the Registrar's Office: 715-425-3342; 105 North Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI 54022; registrar@uwrf.edu

What if I am not a citizen of the United States?

See Section (e) of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2)

 

If you are not a U.S. citizen, in general, you need to be in possession of a visa that permits indefinite residence in the United States, or have been approved as a Permanent Resident of the United States for the twelve months immediately prior to the beginning of your intended term of enrollment and qualify for residency under some part of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2) in order to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes at the UW-River Falls. See the Statute for categories where the durational twelve months is not required.

Visas which allow individuals to be considered for residence for tuition purposes include the H-1 and related H-4, E, K, and certain L visas as well as asylees. A student on one of these visas is not required to affirm a domicile in his/her country of origin.

A student who holds a visa such as the F, J, M, TN, TD and B, has as a condition of the visa, a requirement to affirm a permanent and unrelinquishable domicile in another country, and is not eligible to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes at the University.

Providing you are on a visa which allows indefinite residence in the United States, your residence for tuition purposes will be determined in accordance with Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2).

If you are unsure whether you qualify for resident tuition under this provision of the Statute, contact the Registrar's Office: 715-425-3342; 105 North Hall, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls WI 54022; registrar@uwrf.edu