Residence for Tuition Purposes

Office of the Registrar, Residence for Tuition Purposes

Initial residence determinations for tuition purposes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are made by the Office of the Registrar's Residence Counselors, based on the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2) which governs residence status for tuition purposes. In general, you must be a bona fide resident of Wisconsin for at least 12 months prior to enrollment to be eligible for in-state tuition.

If you do not qualify as a Wisconsin resident, you will be assessed nonresident tuition. In determining residence status for tuition purposes, different standards are used than those which may be used for voting, paying taxes, etc. Individuals who come to Wisconsin primarily for educational purposes do not automatically qualify as Wisconsin residents for tuition purposes, even after living in Wisconsin a year or more.      

 Please note: if you have been classified as a non-resident because you: a) did not claim residence or b) did not submit all information requested by our office, your non-resident tuition status will remain in effect and you will be assessed the non-resident tuition fees. If the documentation necessary to re-evaluate your non-resident tuition status is not submitted to our office by the last class day of the term for which you are requesting exemption from nonresident tuition, your residence status will not be re-evaluated for that term.

Further, if you are classified as a resident for tuition purposes and are notified that your resident tuition classification will NOT be finalized until our office receives additional information in the future (such as tax letters), and if you do not submit the requested information by the given deadline, your status will be changed to non-resident, and you will be retroactively assessed the non-resident tuition rate for the term in question and for any subsequent terms.

Remember: it is your responsibility to read and respond to all official correspondence from this university, whether it is sent electronically or hard copy.


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If you are unsure whether you qualify for resident tuition under the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(2), contact the Office of the Registrar's Residence Counselors: (608) 262-1355; 333 East Campus Mall #10101, Madison, WI 53715-1384;



University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office of the Registrar
333 East Campus Mall #10101
Madison, WI 53715-1384
7:45am – 4:30pm (M-F)
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