Common Questions

Can I request residency reclassification for a previous term and receive a refund if I can show I was a resident at that time?

No. The state guidelines prohibit retroactive residency decisions.

Will I automatically become a resident for tuition purposes once I have lived in Ohio for a year?

No. Any student who has been classified as a non-resident must apply for reclassification as a resident.

How do I know if I am a dependent student?

A dependent student is one who was claimed by at least one parent or legal guardian as a dependent on that person’s Internal Revenue Service tax filing for the previous tax year.

I have lived in Ohio my entire life except for the past couple of years. Do my dependents still qualify for in-state residency?

No. The parent/legal guardian must have resided in Ohio for 12 consecutive months before the first day of the term.

My parents are divorced, but one of them lives in Ohio. Does that make me a resident?

As long as a dependent student has one parent who has been an Ohio resident for at least 12 months immediately preceding enrollment and is claimed as a dependent on that parent’s federal tax transcript, the student may apply for a residency review.

If my parent(s) move out of Ohio, how is my residency affected?

The state residency guidelines have “grandfather clauses” to address this. If your parent(s) are Ohio residents and move out of the state while you are enrolled at Miami, you will continue to be classified as a resident through completion of one degree program provided you maintain continuous full-time enrollment.

Can I qualify for residency through someone other than my parent/legal guardian or spouse?

No. A student cannot qualify for residency through other relatives, fiancées, in-laws, etc.

If I am moving to Ohio to attend Miami as a graduate student and will be on a fellowship or assistantship, does my spouse qualify for immediate residency?

No. To be eligible for immediate residency, a student must be dependent upon a spouse or parents who has full-time employment in Ohio. A graduate fellowship or assistantship is not considered full-time employment.

If I am paying taxes to Ohio, doesn’t that make me a resident?

Not necessarily. If the student is trying to establish residency in Ohio, paying taxes in Ohio is an indicator of the intent to become an Ohio resident. However, the student must meet all the criteria to be eligible for residency.

I own property or a business in Ohio but live in another state. Does that make my dependents or me Ohio residents for tuition purposes?

The state guidelines do not grant residency to individuals or their dependents solely on the basis that they own property or a business in Ohio.

I am currently trying to establish residency. How does leaving Ohio for the summer impact my residency application?

The expectation is that students who are in the process of establishing their residency are physically living in the state of Ohio for the 12-consecutive months before the semester for which they are requesting reclassification. Leaving the state for the summer or for any length of time longer than a three-week period could seriously jeopardize the student’s claim to Ohio residency for tuition purposes. Students who leave Ohio for internships, study abroad, etc. during their residency review period for any period longer than three weeks must also maintain their residence in Ohio.

I received a substantial financial gift of assistance from a family member who lives in another state. Does this impact my residency?

Yes. Loans and/or gifts in excess of nominal amounts from parents or other individuals, regardless of the terms, are considered financial assistance and as such could be a disqualifying factor in the review.

I consider myself financially independent, but I am funding my education utilizing my state’s 529 plan. Does this impact my application for Ohio residency?

Any state’s 529 plan is only applicable to a student’s financial independence only if it can be documented that all funds associated with the plan were transferred legally into the student’s sole possession and sole control more than 24 months before the student uses the funds. In addition, there should be no evidence of large deposits into the account within the past 24 months. The student should have sole control of the fund and should not be receiving any financial assistance from an out-of-state family member within the past two years.

What do you mean by IRS federal tax return transcript?

Tax filers can request a Tax Return Transcript, free of charge, from the IRS. Note the 1040 form does not satisfy the requirement to prove residency. IRS regulations limit a tax filer to one request per year. We strongly advise you to send us a copy so you may keep your original. Miami is unable to return the transcript to you.

Where can I find a copy of my Ohio tax return transcript?

You can view transcripts of any Ohio tax return for the current tax year and the past 10 tax years. Log into the Ohio Department of Taxation’s Online Services and click the “View Transcript” button beside the tax return you wish to view. Visit its FAQ section for more information.