Residency & reciprocity

Read the policy for determining residency status*

*Please note that reciprocity is not accounted for in this policy, but the rules that govern determining Indiana residency can generally be assumed to apply for reciprocity residency. Contact the Office of the Registrar with any questions.

Special rules for military families

IU East recognizes the unique circumstances that often surround our military families. Your enlistment status could qualify you for a remission of out-of-state tuition fees. We encourage you to reach out to the Office of the Registrar for guidance.

Learn more about residency

How you can become classified as an in-state or reciprocity student

If any of the following circumstances apply to you, you can apply for a residency reclassification.

  • If you move to Indiana or one of the reciprocity counties, you must meet the 12-month residency requirement.
  • If you’re a dependent spouse, you must meet the 12-month residency requirement.
  • If your employer transfers you to Indiana, you must meet the 12-month residency requirement.
  • If you marry an Indiana or reciprocity county resident and can provide convincing evidence that education is no longer your main purpose for residing there, you may be eligible to be reclassified as an in-state or reciprocity student 12 months after the date of your marriage.
  • If you’re an emancipated student under 21 years of age and your parents live out of state, you can establish in-state eligibility by doing all of the following:
    • Provide a notarized statement from your parents showing the level of financial support they provide and the date they last claimed you as a dependent on their federal tax returns.
    • Provide a financial statement showing all sources and amounts of income to prove you are supporting yourself.
    • Meet the 12-month residency requirement.

If you take classes before you’ve met the 12-month residency requirement, you may still be eligible for in-state or reciprocity student status later. You must be able to provide convincing evidence that you didn’t move to Indiana or a reciprocity county specifically for higher education.

Other things to keep in mind about residency

  • Your circumstances on the first day of classes of each term determine your eligibility for in-state student status for that term.
  • Once you’re classified as an in-state or reciprocity student, you’ll keep that classification as long as you are enrolled in each fall and spring semester until you earn your degree—even if your parents move out of the area.
  • If you were an Indiana or reciprocity county resident who moved away, you’ll still be considered an in-state or reciprocity student if you move back within a year after leaving.
  • If you are an Indiana or reciprocity county resident who went to school out of state, we’ll still consider you an in-state or reciprocity student as long as you return to Indiana or a reciprocity county within one year of your last enrollment or graduation.

Request a reclassification

You can apply to be reclassified as an in-state or reciprocity student for fee-paying purposes. If you feel you meet the eligibility criteria, fill out the residency reclassification application form. Please contact the Office of the Registrar with questions or to request this form in an accessible format.

After you submit your application and supporting documentation (see the handy checklist), we’ll let you know we’ve received them. We’ll contact you in writing within 20 business days to let you know our final determination on your reclassification.

You have until the last day of the semester for which you wish to be reclassified to file your application. You can submit your application as early as:

  • May to be reclassified for the coming fall semester
  • October to be reclassified for the coming spring semester
  • March to be reclassified for the coming summer sessions

Keep in mind that we can’t adjust your residency status retroactively. If you missed the deadline for filing your appeal, you won’t be able to get a refund of tuition and fees for that semester.