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Residence for Tuition Purposes

Wisconsin Statutes, Section 36.27(2), governs resident status for tuition purposes at all University of Wisconsin System institutions. Students who do not qualify under one of the exceptions in the statute will be assessed nonresident tuition. In determining resident status for tuition purposes, standards are different from those used for voting, paying taxes, applying for various licenses, and the like. In general, a student must be a bona fide resident of Wisconsin for at least 12 months before enrollment for any term in order to be eligible for in-state tuition. However, a student who comes to Wisconsin primarily for educational reasons does not automatically qualify as a Wisconsin resident even after living in Wisconsin for a year or more.

For more information and the full text of Wisconsin Statutes, Section 36.27(2), see the Office of the Registrar website or contact a residence counselor at 608-262-1355; res4tuition@em.wisc.edu.