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Missouri Residency

In order to petition for Missouri residency status, one must be admitted to the University of Missouri - St. Louis.  To obtain Missouri residency status as an out-of-state student, one must live and work in Missouri for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the semester they petition for residency. Additional requirements must be met to prove domicile/presence in the state of Missouri.  The University of Missouri - St. Louis follows the rules set forth by the Missouri Department of Higher Education in determining Missouri residency status.

To apply for in-state status you must complete the Petition for Missouri Residency Status (PDF 184KB) and submit photocopies of all the required documentation, in order to be considered for Missouri residency. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the request for change to Missouri residency. There are no automatic reviews/changes to the residency status. Students who have had the petition for Missouri resident status denied and later feel they have met the requirements, must re-petition, supply all supporting documents, and meet required deadlines.  Each petition from an applicant or accepted student is reviewed individually and in accordance with tuition assessment rules; therefore, it is important that the petition be completed accurately and all required supporting evidentiary material be submitted with the petition.

It is required that all material be received by the Campus Residency Officer by the established deadlines in order for the petition to be reviewed for the current semester. 

Term Deadline
Fall October 1
Spring March 1
Summer July 1

Other conditions and circumstances may result in residency being granted, the policy cited here notwithstanding.

If you resided in Missouri in 2019, and have been affected by COVID-19, and have been unable to remain in Missouri during your qualifying twelve months, there may be exceptions.  Please contact the residency office.   


Students must meet the requirements listed below in order to be classified as a Resident for Fee Purposes:

  1. Cannot be claimed as a dependent in another state. Provide a copy of parent's Federal Income Tax form.
  2. Reside in Missouri continuously for the 12 months prior to the academic term for which residency is being requested. Provide a copy of lease or contract for proof of rent and dated paycheck stubs indicating employment. Provide paycheck stubs to cover time periods when not in class attendance. May also provide two documents of evidence of domicile. Examples include utility or phone bill
  3. Have minimum of $2,000 taxable earned income in Missouri during the 12 months prior to the academic term for which residency is requested. Provide a copy of dated paycheck stubs and/or W-2 and a letter from your employer (on company letterhead) verifying beginning date of current employment and hours worked per week. If you have filed a Missouri tax form within the past 12 months, submit a copy as well as the Federal tax return.
  4. Have a valid Missouri Driver's License, a Missouri Voter Registration Card, and, if a car is registered in the student's name, proof of its registration in Missouri.
  5. Noncitizen students may become residents if they have lawful immigration status. This includes many visa types including refugee and asylee. Students holding F, J and M visas are NOT eligible for Missouri in-state tuition.  Students who have permanent resident status (green card holders) may be eligible for in-state tuition as long as they meet the criteria for residency. However, a student who becomes a permanent resident while living in Missouri and is attending the University will not be required to complete a Petition for Missouri Resident Status. Simply, contact the Residency Officer for proper instructions.

Optometry Students at the University of Missouri-St. Louis seeking a change in residency status must present two additional documents:

  • A signed statement from the student of intent to make Missouri his/her permanent state of residence.
  • A written job offer from a licensed practicing Missouri optometrist or ophthalmologist for a position immediately following graduation and licensure.

Members of the Armed Forces: Missouri Revised Statutes-Section 41.890. For the purposes of student resident status, military personnel, when stationed within the state under military orders, their spouses, and their un-emancipated children under twenty-four years of age who enroll in a Missouri community college, Missouri college, or Missouri state University shall be regarded as holding Missouri resident status.

Illinois Rate: If a student moves from another state into Illinois, they will need to prove Illinois residency the same as if they are seeing Missouri residency by petitioning and providing the supporting documents with intent to make Illinois a permanent place of residence for an indefinite period of time. 


The decision of the Campus Residency Officer will not affect the University refund policy nor any other University fees unrelated to residency.

Because the burden of proof of Missouri residency lies with the student, it is important to answer fully all applicable questions and to provide as much supporting material as possible to the Campus Residency Officer at the following address:

Mary Tackett 
Campus Residency Officer
University of Missouri-St. Louis 
269 Millennium Student Center 
One University Blvd 
Saint Louis, MO 63121-4400 

Office: (314) 516-5545


Midwest Student Exchange Program

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is an initiative designed to increase interstate educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in its member states. Created by the Midwestern Higher Education Commission, the program enables residents of the following states to enroll in the institutions and specified programs located outside their home state at reduced tuition levels:

  • Illinois (all Illinois undergraduate students get in-state tuition through the Metro Rate)
  • Indiana 
  • Kansas 
  • Minnesota 
  • Missouri 
  • Nebraska 
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin

Students gain a more affordable opportunity to attend an out-of-state institutions, while participating institutions gain increased enrollment efficiency in programs with excess capacity.

Tuition Cost

Actual savings through MSEP varies from institution to institution. An MSEP student at UMSL pays 150 percent of the institution's regular resident tuition plus any required fees. For example, resident tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 school year are $363.20 per credit hour. Non-Resident tuition and fees for 2019-2020 are $976.50 per credit hour. MSEP tuition and fees for 2019-2020 are $553.95 per credit hour. This savings adds up to $12,676 a year for undergraduate students enrolling in 30 credit hours. The CURRENT FEE SCHEDULES are available from the Cashier's Office. (Tuition and fees may be revised in future years.)



Enrolling in the Program

Students wishing to take advantage of the MSEP should apply to UMSL through the normal process and should also submit a complete MSEP APPLICATION FORM to:

c/o Residency Officer
Office of the Registrar
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Boulevard, 269 MSC
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

Students retain their MSEP status as long as they remain enrolled in a participating degree program, maintain residency in a participating state, and make satisfactory progress toward program completion. MSEP status is revoked if a student changes to a non-participating degree program.



Participating UMSL Degree Programs

Baccalaureate Programs Master's Programs Specialist Degree Programs Doctorate Programs
Accounting Accounting Educational Specialist in School Psychology    Applied Mathematics
Anthropology Adult and Higher Education Biology
Art History Biochemistry/
Biology Criminology and Criminal Justice
Biology Business Administration Education
Business Administration Chemistry Information Systems
Chemistry Computer Science Nursing (With UMKC and UMC)
Communication Communication Physics (With UMR)
Computer Science Counseling Physiological Optics
Criminology and Criminal Justice Criminology and Criminal Justice Political Science
Early Childhood Education Economics Psychology
Economics Education Administration
Elementary Education Educational Psychology
Engineering - Civil Elementary Education
Engineering - Electrical English  
Engineering - Mechanical Fine Arts - Creative Writing
English Gerontology
French History
Health Science Management Information Systems   
History Museum Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies Music Education
Liberal Studies Nursing (With UMKC)
Management Information Systems    Philosophy
Mathematics Physics
Media Studies & Theatre Physiological Optics
Music Political Science
Music Education Psychology
Nursing Public Policy Administration
Philosophy Secondary Education
Physical Education Social Work
Physics Sociology
Political Science Special Education
Public Administration
Secondary Education
Social Work
Special Education
Studio Art
  -Art Education
  -Graphic Design Drawing


Students will need to weigh the benefits of MSEP versus any other offered awards, scholarships, and credits, since participants are not eligible for the non-resident tax offset credit for Missouri taxpayers, or to petition for Missouri resident status. If a student opts for a dual major, the student will be required to rank them as primary and secondary majors. Only the primary major will be considered for eligibility in the MSEP.

In considering the rank order of the majors, students should understand that changing a major once they have advanced in their studies, could result in a loss of credit and/or loss of standing in the new major. This, in turn, could add to costs. Therefore, it is recommended that a student use care and weigh the options carefully when ranking their majors.

A student's enrollment will be checked each semester to verify they are in a participating MSEP program. If a student's major has changed to NON-participating program, they will be taken off the MSEP program.

A student must be off the MSEP program for one year before they can apply for Missouri Residency for Tuition purposes. Please contact our office for additional information, if you are considering this option.

Please submit page 1 of your most recent federal and state tax returns which shows your address and that the student is your dependent.

All supporting documents are required to be received by the Campus Residency Officer by the end of the eighth week of the current/future Fall or Spring Semester (by the end of the first week of the current/future Summer Session) for which Missouri Resident Status is sought. Petitions and/or evidentiary material arriving after these deadlines will be considered only for a subsequent semester.


For More Information Contact:

Residency Officer
Office of the Registrar

Phone: 314-516-5545
Fax: 314-516-7096