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Forms and Procedures

Residency Reclassification

The Director of Admissions assigns every student enrolling at WVU a residency status for admission, tuition and fee purposes. Students may apply for reclassification if they have a strong, well-documented case for having their residency status changed.

Application Deadline

To be reclassified for a specific semester, the application must be submitted two (2) weeks prior to the deadline for the payment of tuition and fees. The last day to submit a residency reclassification application for the fall semester is August 3, 2015. All applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next semester. 


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.

  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. Complete 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. Attach all copies of supporting evidence (i.e., driver’s license, tax forms, etc.) to the application. Neglecting to submit supporting documents will cause delay in a decision being made. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Also note:


If the student wishes to challenge the decision of the Office of Admissions, the student shall be given the opportunity to appear before the institutional committee on residency appeals. If the student cannot appear when the committee convenes a meeting, the student has the option of allowing committee members to make a decision on the basis of the written materials pertaining to the appeal or waiting until the next committee meeting.

The student may appeal the decision of the institutional committee on residency appeals to the President’s Office. The President’s Office may request the student to appear at a hearing regarding the appeal.

Residency appeals shall end at the President’s Office.


For more information regarding residency and residency reclassification you may contact us at:

Residency Officer
Office of Admissions
West Virginia University
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
Phone: 304-293-2121

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