A request for a change in residency classification status can be a long, time-consuming, and costly process. The Office of Admissions wishes to respond promptly and in complete fairness to all students who make application for change of residency. Therefore, please take a moment to read the statements below before deciding to apply. Your consideration is appreciated. Procedure for Residency Reclassification
Notes on the Reclassification Process
1. Each student requesting residency classification should have a strong, well-documented case for having the residency application status changed. Ample and specific guidelines are available for your reading to assure that you have a good cause to initiate such a request for residency classification: Higher Education Policy Commission Series 25 Policy Regarding Residency Classification Of Students for Admission and Fee Purpose
2. Completion of the three-page Application for Classification as a Resident Student at WVU is mandatory prior to discussing residency reclassification with office personnel. To be reclassified for a particular semester, the application must be submitted two (2) weeks prior to the deadline for the payment of tuition and fees.
3. All copies of supporting evidence (i.e., driver’s license, tax forms, etc.) must be attached to the application described in Number 2 above. Neglecting to submit supporting documents will cause delay in a decision being made. Please submit your application and supporting documents to the “Residency Unit” at the address below. The evidence should demonstrate that the student’s primary purpose for living in West Virginia is other than attending an institution of higher education. Merely answering the “Additional Information” questions on the application affirmatively does not necessarily establish residency for tuition and fee purposes. It is the student’s responsibility to submit all supporting evidence to be considered with the student’s application. No additional evidence or documentation will be considered after the application has been submitted unless it is requested by the Office of Admission.
4. Your signed submission of the application authorizes Admissions Office personnel to review your academic records and to make inquiry, where applicable, to substantiate your supporting evidence.
5. You may be contacted for a personal interview regarding your application. Please indicate your telephone number on the application.
6. Your application will be reviewed and a decision made. If your resident status request is granted, you will be notified in writing. If a denial is issued, you will be sent a written explanation and informed of appropriate appeal procedures.
For more information you may contact us at:
Office of Admissions
West Virginia University
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009