Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes
Effective date: Spring 2015
Applicable to: Students first admitted to the University as of Spring 2015 and thereafter.
A student enrolling at Ferris State University shall be classified as a "resident" or "non-resident" student for the purposes of administering admission, fees, and tuition charges. It is the student's responsibility to register under the proper "resident" or "non-resident". If a student has a question regarding his/her classification, the student should contact Enrollment Services at least one month before registering.
The following regulations set forth the major points governing determination of "resident" and "non-resident" status and the payment of "resident" and "non-resident" tuition.
Before it grants a student "resident" status for tuition purposes, the University will usually require that student to have continuously resided in Michigan for one year immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term in which the student is applying for "resident" classification. The year of continuous presence is never the only criterion used for determining "resident" classification and, in itself, will not qualify a student for "resident" status. Nor will a student's failure to have continuously resided in Michigan for one year automatically prevent the student from obtaining "resident" status. If the student presents clear and convincing evidence which demonstrates the establishment by the student of a Michigan domicile, the student will be eligible for "resident" classification even if the student has not resided in Michigan continuously for one year prior to the first day of classes in the applicable term.
An applicant or student may provide any and all evidence that he/she believes will prove that he/she is domiciled in Michigan. No one type of evidence will be considered dispositive of the issue of domicile. Rather, the University will consider all of the evidence provided to it concerning a claim of domicile.
Circumstances which may demonstrate Michigan domicile: The following circumstances and activities, though not conclusive, may lend support to a claim to eligibility for in-state classification. This is not an exhaustive list.
An independent student may be granted "resident" status for tuition-paying purposes, once the student provides evidence of 12 consecutive months (one year) of physical presence in the State of Michigan immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term in which the student is applying for a change in status.
The year of continuous presence is never the only criterion used for determining whether to re-classify a "non-resident" student to "resident" classification and, in itself, will not qualify a student for reclassification to "resident" status for tuition paying purposes at Ferris State University
A student will be presumed eligible for "resident" classification in the following circumstances:
Other factors not mentioned above indicating an intention to make Michigan the student's domicile will be considered by the University in classifying a student on a case by case basis.
The circumstances and activities listed below are temporary or indeterminate and, in and of themselves, do not demonstrate domicile in Michigan. They may however have probative value in support of a claim for residence classification.
IV. Non-Citizen Students
The intent and legal ability to establish domicile in the United States are both required in order for a student to be eligible for "resident" classification at the University. Although a "permanent resident" of the United States is permitted by law to establish domicile in the United States, the University also requires that (s)he demonstrate that (s)he has in fact established a domicile in Michigan in accord with these regulations in order to be eligible to be classified as "resident" for tuition purposes. For purposes of these regulations, a "permanent resident" of the United States is a person in possession of a valid I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card, a Temporary "I-551" Stamp in his/her passport, or an I-797 Receipt Notice for Form I-485 which can be verified telephonically as active and pending.
Similarly, a person accorded "refugee" or "asylee" status is permitted by law to establish a domicile in the United States. A "refugee" or "asylee" may therefore apply for resident status in accord with these regulations. As with a "permanent resident," the University also requires that a "refugee" or "asylee" demonstrate that (s)he has in fact established a domicile in Michigan in accord with these regulations in order to be eligible to be classified as "resident" for tuition purposes. For purposes of these regulations, a "refugee" or "asylee" is a person in possession of a current I-94 card designating their status as "refugee" or "asylee."
Other non-citizen students who are not "permanent residents," "refugees," or "asylees" may be classified as "resident" for tuition purposes only if they are not precluded by the Immigration and Naturalization Act (8 USC 1101 et seq.) from establishing domicile in the United States. Unauthorized entrants, persons out of status, and many non-immigrant visa entrants are precluded from establishing a domicile in the United States and are therefore ineligible to be classified as "resident" for tuition purposes.
Under current law, persons holding A, E (primary), G, I, K-3/K-4, S, T, U, and V visas may legally establish a domicile in the United States. Persons holding documentation of these listed classifications may, therefore, apply for "resident" status in accord with these regulations. The University intends to update this list of eligible classifications as it becomes aware of changes in the law.
V. Related Information
Note to non-resident students:
*Non-resident students are eligible for the MHEC/MSEP rate if they live in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. This tuition reduction program is NOT available to students enrolled in: Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Optometry. *Canadian Students. The 150% tuition rate is applicable to undergraduate Canadian students entering two-and four year programs, except for the exempted programs of Doctor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Optometry.
The University will correct errors that may occur in classifying a student. Further, the University reserves the right to audit enrolled or prospective students at any time with regard to eligibility for "resident" status and to reclassify students who are registered in an improper classification.
Student's seeking classification as a "resident" at the time of initial enrollment or non-resident students seeking reclassification to "resident" status have the burden of proving, by clear and convincing evidence, that they are domiciled in Michigan.
A student seeking reclassification to "resident" must also demonstrate, by clear and convincing evidence, satisfaction of the one-year durational residency. *** If the student is a minor or dependent (as indicated in General Provisions), these burdens shall be on the person from whom the student derives residence. Determination of domicile shall be based on factors set forth in the preceding sections
Discretion to adjust individual cases within the spirit of these regulations is vested in Enrollment Services Procedure for Residency Reclassification
These regulations shall be administered by Enrollment Services in accordance with the following residence review procedures:
When a student files a Request for Classification to Resident Status, the student must submit the following documentation with the Residency Regulations Petition for Change in Status request form which may be obtained at the Timme Center for Student Services
Students are also responsible for providing any additional documentation necessary to support their claim to in-state status eligibility if such documentation is requested by the University.
The Request for Classification to Resident Status with attached documentation may be submitted to:
Ferris State University, Registrar's Office, Timme Center for Student Services 201 Building no sooner than 60 calendars days and at least 30 calendars days before the start of each semester. The Residency Petition for Change in Status accompany documentation will not be returned. The student is advised to keep a copy for his/her records.
If it is determined that the student is domiciled in Michigan, "resident student" status shall be granted to the student as of the date the student established domicile, but no earlier than 18 months prior to the first day of classes in the semester in which the application for reclassification was submitted. A student failing to submit an application for reclassification within the first 20 calendar days of the semester after which the student has satisfied the one-year continuous resident requirement may submit an application for reclassification within the first 20 calendar days of any subsequent semester; however, in such cases, the student waives the right to receive " resident student" classification any earlier than 18 months prior to the first day of the semester in which the application for reclassification was submitted. In no case, however, shall a student be afforded "resident student" status before the date of establishing a domicile in Michigan.
VI. Appeal Procedure
Resident tuition rates shall be effective for the semester in which a student is reclassified to "resident" status. Appropriate refunds shall be made or accounts credited within a reasonable time following such reclassification subject to the limitations of Section VI.
Classification or reclassification based upon materially erroneous, false or misleading statements or omissions by or in support of the applicant shall be set aside retroactively upon the discovery of the erroneous nature of such statements. Any student having paid less than required to the University because of an erroneous classification or reclassification which is subsequently set aside, will repay any amounts not properly paid because of the erroneous classification or reclassification.
Inquiries may be directed to:
Ferris State University
Timme Center for Student Services 201
Big Rapids, MI 49307