Residency for Tuition Purposes
The initial determination of residency status is made by the institution during the admission process, and is based on information available in the admission records. A review of the initial determination of residency status may be requested by the student, the institution, or the Council on Postsecondary Education.

In making decisions, a determination is made as to whether a person is financially dependent on, or independent of, his or her parent(s). If a student is determined to be dependent, the student takes the residency status of the parent(s). If the student is determined to be independent, the student is responsible for establishing residency in his or her own right, pursuant to the residency regulation, 13 KAR 2:045.

Normally, admissions information is limited to academic credentials and may not include complete evidence of residency and domicile.

The tuition differential for residents and nonresidents is significant and can impact a student’s financial resources.

University officials wish to properly classify students for admission and tuition purposes, and procedures are in place to do this when sufficient information and documentation are available. If you feel your residency classification is in error, or your status has changed, and you meet the qualifications for residency pursuant to 13 KAR 2:045, you may appeal your current residency determination by completing the residency affidavit.

Students are responsible for providing clear and convincing evidence of residence and domicile.

Every relevant factor is considered in determining a residency status.

All facts of residency and domicile must be documented and verifiable.

1. The only form that needs to be printed is the Residency affidavit; all other forms can be viewed online or printed for personal use.

2. Review the state policy on residency classification. 

3. Review Murray State’s policy on residency classification. 

4. Review Frequently Asked Questions about residency classification (related article). 

5. Read all the instructions carefully.

6. Make sure you know what documentation is needed for your specific situation. The list of supporting documentation can be found at the end of the Residency Affidavit in step 1.

7. Make copies of all the supporting documentation.

8. Fill out the residency affidavit and attach all the supporting documentation to it.

9. Make sure you have your affidavit notarized (The Office of the Registrar has a notary on-site).

10. Turn the affidavit and documentation in to the Office of the Registrar before the given deadline. See the university calendar for appropriate deadlines. 

Before you apply
  • Know the tuition deadline. Filing a residency appeal does not count as payment.                 
  • Please allow two (2) weeks between filing and the tuition deadline, if the outcome of your appeal makes a difference in your enrollment. If you apply for residency within ten (10) business days of the tuition deadline, you need to be aware that your appeal may not be reviewed prior to tuition being due and you are responsible for your full balance.                 
  • If you choose to stay in courses past the 100% refund deadline and your appeal is denied, this is not a reason for a 100% refund from your courses.
After you apply
  • Pay your tuition by the tuition deadline.
  • If additional information is needed, the Residency Officer will contact you via your MSU email. Please respond to any inquiries about your residency appeal within five (5) business days. If the Residency Officer does not hear from you, this may be reason for automatic denial.
  • You will be notified of the official decision by mail.
  • Every student has the right of appeal through the Residency Review Committee. This is a formal hearing process that is outlined to you, if denied.


Applications for review of residency must be filed in a timely manner. Applications will not be treated retroactively. Applications must be filed no later than thirty (30) calendar days from the first day of the semester for which the application is being filed. The University has four academic semesters – spring, summer, fall, and winter; residency will not be reviewed during the winter term. Deadlines are published on the university calendars. Although the summer semester has many individual parts of terms, the deadline applies to the first day of class for the summer semester only, not the term. Applications received later than thirty (30) calendar days after the first day of class will not be considered for that semester.

CAUTION: To avoid missing the deadline, do not leave your affidavit and documentation with an office other than the Office of the Registrar. The affidavit and ALL required documentation must be submitted before the end of our business day on or before the deadline date. 

Submit the completed and notarized residency affidavit and ALL supporting documentation to:

Office of the Registrar
113 Sparks Hall
Murray, KY 42071

Phone: (270) 809-3380

Request for Appeal of Residency Status 

There are three steps in the appeal process to allow for due process;

1. The appeal of the initial determination of residency is reviewed by the University Registrar.
 If the decision is Kentucky, or appropriate region/state and county, the appeal is finalized.
 If the decision is nonresident, the student may submit a written request, within fourteen (14) calendar days, to further appeal to the Residency Review Committee. 

2. The Residency Review Committee reviews the determination made by the University Registrar.
 If the decision is Kentucky, or appropriate region/state and county, the appeal is finalized.
 If the decision is nonresident, the student may submit a written request, within fourteen (14) calendar days, to further appeal the determination made by the Residency Review Committee to the Office of the Provost for a formal institutional hearing. 

3. The Provost shall appoint a hearing officer. The student is guaranteed due process, may attend the formal hearing, may provide documentation and testimony, and may be represented by legal counsel. After the formal hearing, the hearing officer will provide the Office of the Provost with his/her recommendation. The Provost will issue a final written decision to the student. The case is closed.

If you are an incoming or readmitting Murray State student, residency questions should be directed to the appropriate Admissions Office.If you are a current Murray State student, questions should be directed to the University Registrar at (270) 809-3380.