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Application for Residency

(Please read regulations below, to see if you qualify, before downloading the application)

Petitions must be submitted to the Admissions Office by 5 pm on or before the first day of classes for the semester that you are petitioning residency.

The following Trustee regulations govern the classification of students at the University of Wyoming as resident or non-resident for tuition purposes, and shall be administered by the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admission. (Trustee Regulation, Chapter VIII, Section 3.)


The University of Wyoming assesses tuition for Wyoming residents at the in-state rate; non-residents are charged out-of-state tuition. The Associate Vice President shall administer the following guidelines for Enrollment Management and Director of Admission to govern University of Wyoming students for purposes of in-state or out-of-state tuition assessment for courses of study offered at the University. University-sponsored courses of study arranged with institutions outside Wyoming may have different residency requirements.

    1. The following students are Wyoming residents:
        1. Individuals who are financial dependents or under the age of 24 with a parent, guardian or spouse who lives in the State of Wyoming.
        2. Individuals who are recipients of Wyoming high school credentials.
        3. Active Wyoming National Guard members and U.S. Armed Forces members stationed in Wyoming, and their dependents.
        4. Individuals with a permanent home in Wyoming and who have resided in the State for at least one full year. To determine if a permanent Wyoming home has been established, the following factors are considered:
          • Evidence that any former home has been abandoned
          • Full-time employment performed or contracted for in Wyoming for one continuous year
          • Ownership of home or property in Wyoming
          • One year of continual presence in Wyoming
          • Former Wyoming residency and maintaining state ties
          • Reliance on Wyoming resources for significant financial support
          • Wyoming vehicle registration
          • Wyoming address on most recent federal income tax form
          • A valid Wyoming driver's license
          • Wyoming voter registration
          • Residing in Wyoming primarily as a student will not support a claim for resident status.

      1. Graduate students with University-funded fellowships.
      2. Wyoming residents temporarily absent from the state due to military service, attendance at an educational institution, or other type of documented temporary sojourn.
      3. Individuals who have been awarded resident tuition status at a Wyoming Community College and who attend the University within one year of leaving the Wyoming Community College.

    1. The following students are non-residents:
      1. Individuals who do not qualify for Section 1 above
      2. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents except as provided by Section 1b. above.

    1. Reduced tuition rates calculated at one hundred fifty percent (150%) of resident tuition are available to the following non-residents.
      1. Graduates of the University of Wyoming and their spouses;
      2. Children of University of Wyoming graduates.

    1. Change of residence classification shall be governed by the following process:
      1. An initially assigned non-resident classification may be reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admission when a request and accompanying documentation is provided on or before the first day of classes. A decision on reclassification by the Associate Vice President may be appealed to the Residence Classification Committee within twenty (20) calendar days of the date of the Associate Vice President's decision. No reclassification will be retroactive to previous terms.
      2. Individuals may be reclassified for the following term when facts indicate that a change in residency has occurred since the time of original residence classification.
      3. The Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admission is responsible for the administration of this procedure.

  1. There shall be a Residence Classification Committee consisting of three members appointed by the President, chaired by the Associate vice President for Enrollment Management and director of Admission who shall not vote. The duties of this Committee shall be as follows:
    1. To render interpretations and rulings at the request of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment management and director of Admission;
    2. To serve as an appeals committee for students who wish to appeal the decision of the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions;
    3. To consider University policies in the area of residence classification and make recommendation to the Trustees of the University of Wyoming.


Petitioner's Responsibility
Petitioners should read the entire petition before completing it. For questions about resident tuition status, please call the UW Admission Office at (307) 766-5160 or (800) 342-5996 and ask to speak with an admission officer.

Before submitting the Petition

  1. Answer all pertinent questions.
  2. Complete the Personal Statement of Petitioner section.
  3. Petitioner's Signature must be notarized.
  4. Supply supportive documentation, i.e., copy of diver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration, first page of state or federal tax return, employment verification, proof of property ownership, etc.

When to Petition
A petition submitted without complete documentation may not be reviewed, so before filing, make sure that all appropriate supporting documents are included. The petition and document copies become the property of the University of Wyoming and will not be returned to the petitioner. Call the UW Admission Office if you are uncertain about which document copies to include.

Petition review for Wyoming resident tuition status will not take place for new or re-enrolling students until an offer of admission has been granted. The petition with adequate documentation must be on file in the Admission Office on or before the first day of classes for the term in question.

The petition decision may be appealed to the Residence Classification Committee provided the appeal is made in writing to the UW Admission Office within twenty (20) calendar days of the date of the petition decision. No reclassification will be retroactive to the previous terms. The decision of the Residence Classification Committee is final. No further appeal process within the University structure is available. However, a student may petition for a future semester after he or she has established, in a timely manner, more of the factors considered in a residency determination.

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