Residency Requirements

Establishing Southern University Residency Status for Tuition Purposes

 

  • Criteria for Establishing Resident Status

Persons applying for "resident" designation must provide to the office or certifying officer, all of the documentation required for establishing his/her eligibility for certification in at least one of the following categories on or before the deadline stated herein for the semester he/she intends to enroll.

1. Spouse of Louisiana Resident
2. Louisiana Resident by Virtue of Employment within the State.
3. Military personnel stationed in Louisiana and their dependents

  • Certification Guidelines for Non-Resident Fee Exemptions

A non-resident student, for tuition purposes, is a student who is not eligible for classification as
a resident student under these regulations.

1. Undergraduate Students

a. Parent(s) is (are) graduate(s) of Southern University.
b.Non-Resident Athletic Scholarship Recipient
c.Non-Resident Participant in the National Student Exchange Program

2. Graduate Students

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Spouse of Louisiana Resident

A. The spouse of a natural Louisiana resident must submit the following to the office of the Campus certifying officer on or before the deadline indicated herein:

1.copy of marriage certificate;
2.copy of spouse Louisiana birth certificate
3.copy of spouse Louisiana high school diploma;
4.copy of spouse Louisiana Tax Forms for past year(s)'
5.copy of spouse 1040 Federal Tax Forms for past year(s)'
6.copy of spouse W-2 Form;
7.certified copy of employment verification form for spouse;
8.sufficient documentation to reflect that at the time of submission of the request for certification, the applicant spouse has continuously resided in the state for the calendar year period (at least 12 months) immediately preceding the date of application.

B. If the applicant is a Resident Alien and legally married to a natural Louisiana Resident, he or she must also present his/her permanent Resident Alien (Green) Card from the U.S. Immigration Service to the certifying officer or his/her designee, along with the certification application and the documentation required in Section A of this part.

C. If the applicant is a Resident Alien who is legally married to an individual who is a domiciliary of the State of Louisiana and is seeking resident student status by virtue of his or her spouse employment, he or she must also submit the documentation required in Section A of this part and present his or her permanent Resident Alien (Green) Card from the U.S. Immigration Service to the office of the Campus?certifying officer.

Louisiana Resident by Virtue of Employment within the State

A. A person who is a minor or who is less than 24 years of age and dependent upon his/her parent(s) and whose parent(s) has/have been residing in Louisiana and working full-time for the continuous 12- month period (the calendar year) or longer immediately preceding the date of application, must submit the following to the office of ther certifying officer on or before the deadline indicated herein:

1.copy of Louisiana Tax Form of parent(s);
2.copy of 1040 Federal Tax Form of parent(s);
3.copy of W-2 Form of parent(s);
4.copy of applicant birth certificate or copy of court papers verifying adoption;
5.certified copy of employment verification form for parent(s);
6.any other documentation requested by the Campus?certifying officer or his/her designee.

B. A person who has been residing in Louisiana and working full-time (forty hours a week) for the full calendar year (a continuous 12-month period) prior to submission of his/her submission of his/her application, who has not enrolled in a maximum of six credit hours at any postsecondary institution during the 12-month period immediately preceding the application deadline for the semester for which he/she is requesting resident designation is eligible to apply for resident status. An applicant for resident status must submit the following to the office of the Campus?certifying officer on or before the deadline indicated herein;

1.copy of Louisiana Tax Form for the applicant/applicant spouse;
2.copy of 1040 Federal Tax Form for the applicant/applicant spouse;
3.copy of W-2 Form(s) for the applicant/applicant spouse;
4.certified copy of employment verification form for applicant;
5.any other documentation requested by the Campus?certifying officer or his designee.

Military personnel stationed in Louisiana and their dependents

In accordance with Louisiana Revised Statute 17.2137, and active duty or honorably discharged member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, who was permanently stationed in Louisiana, their spouse or dependents shall qualify for resident status, if they can meet one of the following criteria;

A. A member of the armed forces of the United States who is permanently stationed in Louisiana on active duty or his/her child or spouse shall be entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes at Southern University without regard to length of time of residency in the state.

B. A child or spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States who has been assigned to duty elsewhere immediately following permanent service on active duty while stationed in Louisiana, shall be entitled to resident classification for tuition purposes at Southern University for as long as the child or spouse continuously resides in Louisianan after the duty assignment in the state of the military parent of spouse ends.

C. Any member of the military, as well as his/her spouse and dependents, who are permanently stationed in Louisiana as a member of any branches of the United States, Armed Forces, and who enrolls as a student at southern University, shall be classified as a resident for tuition purposes and shall qualify for resident tuition fees at Southern University provided that the individual(s) has been continuously residing in Louisiana after being honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces.

D. An applicant seeking certification under any provision in this part shall submit the following to the campus?certifying office on or before the deadline indicated for the period he/she will enroll:

1.copy of the dependent child birth certificate or court approved adoption papers; or
2.copy of marriage certificate; and
3.copy of military personnel orders reflecting his/her permanent assignment to duty in Louisiana; and/or
4.copy of official orders reassigning duty in Louisiana to another duty station; and
5.any other documentation requested by the Campus?certifying officer or his/her designee.

Consider a student a resident if decreased parent qualified as a resident of Louisiana at the time of his/her death. An applicant who is 24 years of age or who has resided and has been employed full time in another state for two years or longer cannot qualify as a resident under this provision.

The spouse or unmarried dependent of a full-time University employee is eligible for a waiver of the non-resident fees for the first year and will be granted residence status thereafter.

The burden of proving entitlement to the benefits in this Section shall be the sole responsibility of the applicant. Such proof must be received on or before the deadline indicated herein or as set by the certifying office on a case-by-case basis.

 

Undergraduate Students

A. Parent(s) is (are) graduate(s) and received the Bachelor degree from the Southern University System campus at which the student is seeking the partial non-resident fee exemption.

1. Effective Fall 1998, students pursuing an undergraduate degree whose parents(s), received a Bachelor degree from Southern University at Baton Rouge are eligible to apply for exemption from the payment of fifty(50%) percent of the non-resident fee. To maintain eligibility for the exemption in each successive semester, the student must maintain at least a 2.3 grade point average. The applicant must submit the following to the Campus?certifying officer on or before the applicable deadline indicated herein;

a.copy of applicant birth certificate;
b.copy of parent diploma and/or transcript showing degree earned; and
c.any other documentation requested by the certifying officer of his/her designee.

2. Student applying for the exemption by virtue of adoption of applicant;

a.copy of court records verifying adoption of applicant;
b.copy of applicant birth certificate;
c.copy of parent diploma and/or transcript showing degree earned; and.any other documentation requested by the Campus?certifying officer or his/her designee.

B. Non-Resident Athletic Scholarship Recipient Exemption

A student in the Southern University System who is granted an athletic scholarship, and who is not a resident of this state, shall not be charged or required to pay any tuition or fees in an amount in excess of that which is charged to a student who is a resident of the state of Louisiana.

C. Non-Resident Participant in the National Student Exchange Program

At Southern University institutions that participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program the following provision shall be applicable. An exchange student from a participating out-of-state university who enrolls at a Southern University System NSE institution and who pays in-state tuition at his/her home campus and opts to pay his/her fees at Southern University NSE institution will be exempt from the payment of non-resident fees for a maximum of two (2) consecutive semesters. Exemption from payment of the non-resident fee for a longer period requires the approval of all appropriate parties to the NSE Program agreement and Southern University.

Graduate Students

A non-resident graduate student who is selected to serve as a Graduate Assistant at Southern University may be eligible for a full or partial exemption of his/her non-resident fees. The dean of the graduate school or his designee must certify eligibility for exemption. The following must be submitted by the student:

1. A letter from the individual department or college to the Dean of the Graduate School, verifying that the student has been awarded a graduate assistantship;
2. A letter from the dean of the Graduate School to the certifying officer, verifying that the applicant meets eligibility requirements and is approved for appointment as a Graduate Assistant.
3. If the student is a resident alien, the permanent Resident Alien Card (Green Card), must be submitted to the Graduate School for copying, and
4. Any other documentation requested by the Dean of the Graduate School or the Campus' certifying officer or their designees.

Office Hours, Mailing Address and Application Deadlines

The Office of Admissions is opened Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Southern University and A&M College
Office of Admissions
P O Box 9901
Baton Rouge, LA 70813

Application Deadlines

July 1 for resident and exemption certification for admission in the Fall Semester;
October 1 for resident and exemption certification for admission in the Spring Semester;
April 1 for resident and exemption certification for the Summer session.

 

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