To be considered a Kansas resident and pay in-state tuition, you must meet four requirements:
- You must have lived in Kansas for at least 365 days before the first day of classes for the semester in which you're applying for residency.
- During those 365 days, all your financial support (including books and tuition) must come from Kansas sources.
- You must demonstrate your plan to remain in Kansas indefinitely. Supporting documents could include a Kansas driver's license, Kansas voter registration, car registration in Kansas, home ownership in Kansas.
- You must prove that you are living in Kansas for reasons other than going to college.
Because of requirement No. 4, out-of-state students find it extremely difficult to enter Kansas to attend a university and successfully petition to have their residency changed.
How divorce affects residency: If your parents are divorced and one of them lives in Kansas, even if you do not, you may qualify for in-state tuition rates as long as one parent claims you as a dependent. You don't have to be claimed by the Kansas parent.
Waivers: The most common include active duty in the military, employment transfers to Kansas, and status as a former Kansas high school graduate. Missouri students enrolled in architecture or architectural engineering also may qualify to pay in-state tuition. Also see the Midwest and Legacy programs above.