Qualifying for In-State Tuition FAQ

You can find more detailed information on residency and qualifying for in-state tuition through University Academic Programs and Services.

I’m not an Illinois resident. How can I become a resident for tuition purposes?

If you’re a dependent, your family must live in or move to Illinois. The in-state tuition rate would begin at the start of the next term. If you’re not a dependent, you must live in Illinois for 1 full year for non-educational purposes. This means that you can’t attend school during the year you’re establishing residency.

What if my parents are divorced and one parent lives in Illinois?

As long as 1 parent is a bona fide resident of Illinois, you’ll pay in-state tuition. This is true even if the parent living outside of Illinois is actually your main source of financial support.

What if my parents move out of Illinois?

Once you’re admitted as a resident student, you’ll continue to qualify for in-state tuition provided you maintain continuous enrollment for the fall and spring terms and live in Illinois during that time. Returning to your parents’ home outside of Illinois for the summer only won’t jeopardize your in-state tuition.

What if my grandparents, aunt, uncle, sibling, etc. are Illinois residents?

Residency for in-state tuition can only be claimed through a parent, spouse, or legal guardian.

What if my parent(s) own property in Illinois but don’t live in Illinois?

You’re not eligible for in-state tuition.

What if I don’t currently live in Illinois, but my parents have maintained residency in Illinois while in the U.S. military?

If your parents have maintained residency in Illinois by being the home of record while serving in the military, you may qualify for in-state tuition. You’ll need to send the DD214 or official military orders to the Office of the Registrar.

What if I’ll be enrolling with an F-1 Visa?

You’re not eligible for in-state tuition.

What if I’m an international student who has applied for permanent resident status in the United States?

As long as you hold a temporary visa, you don’t qualify for in-state tuition. However, when you receive federal notification that your status for permanent residency has been approved, you may start the period of establishment of residency for in-state tuition. Notification that your application has been received isn’t sufficient.

What if I’m an asylee, parolee, or refugee, or have other extenuating circumstances?

If you can answer "Yes" to the following questions, you may be eligible for in-state tuition. You’ll need to submit our Residency Affidavit:

  1. Did you reside with your parents while attending a public or private high school in Illinois?
  2. Did you or will you graduate from a public or private high school in Illinois?
  3. Did you or will you attend school in Illinois for at least 3 years as of the date you graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma?
  4. If you’re not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, will you provide the University of Illinois with an affidavit stating that you’ll file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States at your earliest opportunity?