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Kentucky Residency

For questions regarding Residency status, please call 855-246-2477.

On the admissions application, there are questions relating to residency. How you answer these questions determines if you are identified as a Kentucky resident or an out-of-state resident.

If it is determined that you are an out-of-state resident and you wish to apply for in-state residency, you will need to complete and submit the notarized affidavit, along with supporting documentation, to the Office of Admissions by the term deadline:

Office of Admissions

Newtown Campus
The Den
500 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40508

Please note that we are unable to review a residency affidavit if it is submitted past the established deadline for the desired term or if it is submitted for a previous term. Any concerns regarding residency must be addressed no later than the end of the first month of the semester.

Residency Guidelines

Revised January 10, 2022

The regulation for residency is the "Determination of Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes" and is to be used by each public college and university pursuant to KRS 164.020 and KRS 164.030 and is codified as 13 KAR 2:045. These institutions are Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Colleges.

The determination of residency status is made by the institution during the admission process, and is based on information available in the admission records. A review of the determination of residency status may be requested by the student, the institution, or the Council on Postsecondary Education.

In making decisions, a determination is made as to whether a person is dependent on, or independent of, his or her parent. If a student is determined to be dependent, the student takes the resident classification of the parent. If the student is determined to be independent, the student is responsible for establishing residency in his or her own right.

The application for review of determination of residency status is submitted on the affidavit and presented, along with all necessary documentation, to the appropriate institutional staff. The student is responsible for insuring that all necessary documentation is submitted with the affidavit. Incomplete applications may be returned to the student. This material will be reviewed in compliance with Section 3 of the "Determination of Residency Status; General Rules" and a written decision will be issued.

Application must be filed in a timely manner; as such, application may not be treated retroactively and must be filed and fully documented within 30 calendar days of the first day of class. Applications filed more than 30 calendar days after the first day of class will not be considered for that term. A student may choose to file an application for a later academic term.

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Office of Admissions
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Newtown Campus
The Den
500 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40508
(855) 246-2477 

  1. Normally admissions information is limited to academic credentials and does not include complete evidence of residency and domicile.
  2. The tuition differential for residents and nonresidents is significant and can impact a student’s financial resources.
  3. University officials wish to properly classify students for admission and tuition purposes, and procedures are in place to do this when sufficient information and documentation are available.
  4. Students are responsible for providing a preponderance of evidence of residence and domicile.
  5. Every relevant factor is considered in determining a residency status.
  6. All facts of residency and domicile must be documented and must be verifiable.
The residency affidavit is provided by the Council on Postsecondary Education and is to be used consistently in all public institutions of higher education in the State of Kentucky. The form provides for information pertaining to dependent persons and independent persons, to students, and to parents. Each person completing this form must exercise good judgment in choosing which portions to complete and which ones to omit. It is highly recommended that if in doubt, the section should be completed. All persons submitting an application must affix a notarized signature to authorize the release of information, and to attest that all information provided is true and correct. All forms must be notarized. Applications that are incomplete or without supporting documentation, will be returned to the applicant, thereby jeopardizing the applicant’s adherence to schedules and deadlines. Although many factors are considered in the determination of residency status, special attention should be given to the documents listed below.

Sections 3(2) and (4) of the "Determination of Residency Status; General Rules" require that residency shall be based upon verifiable circumstances substantiated by submission of original or true copies of relevant evidence. Following is a list of documents to accompany a request for reclassification of residency for tuition assessment purposes, as necessary to support your application. Other documents may be required by institutions or may be provided at institutional or student request. All tax forms must include filer’s name and signature.

  • Verification of present address.
  • Copy of Kentucky (Form 740) state tax forms of your parent(s) or legal guardian for the two calendar years immediately preceding the date of application for reclassification of residency status. All tax forms must include filer’s name, signature and date.
  • Copy of most recent financial aid award notice and/or student aid report.
  • Copy of statement from parent regarding financial support.
  • Copy of both sides of permanent visa (e.g. resident alien card, etc.).
  • Letter from your employer on official company letterhead verifying job transfer or acceptance of full-time employment giving date of employment, average number of hours worked per week, and whether the job is permanent or temporary.
  • Verification that you have not been enrolled as a student or that you were enrolled less than half-time while living in Kentucky for the 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which you are applying.
  • Copy of your Kentucky state income tax forms (Form 740 and all schedules) for the two calendar years immediately preceding the date of application for reclassification of residency status. All tax forms must include filer’s name, signature, and date.
  • Verification of payment of occupational taxes in Kentucky.
  • Verification of payment of real property taxes in Kentucky.
  • Copy of property deed to Kentucky residence, or copy of lease agreement for noncollegiate housing.
  • Copy of your current automobile registration.
  • Copy of current driver’s license.
  • Copy of voter registration.
  • Copy of current military orders, if applicable.
  • Copy of military document changing home of record to Kentucky, if applicable.
  • Copy of military discharge (DD 2-14), if applicable.
  • Letter on official company letterhead verifying job transfer and dates of employment for parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
  • Court order awarding guardianship if not dependent upon parents.
  • Copy of marriage license, if spouse information is relevant to your application.
  • Other documentation relevant to your situation and which might be supportive of your request for determination of residency status.

Please note Section 3 "Determination of Residency Status: General Rules" of 13 KAR 2:045, "Determination of Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes."

Administrative Regulation

View Kentucky Administrative Regulation TItle 13, Chapter 2, Section 45 (13 KAR 2:045) for definitions and more information about Residency.

Residency Application

Upcoming Residency Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2022 - February 11, 2022
  • Spring 12-Week 2022 - March 11, 2022
  • Summer 2022 - July 24, 2022
  • Fall 2022 - September 23, 2022
  • Fall 12-Week 2022 - November 4, 2022

Residency Appeal Checklist

Determine if you are appealing as an independent or dependent student and submit the necessary documents accordingly. You must submit a preponderance of evidence for your appeal to be reviewed and for a decision to be made. Please submit all of the documents listed that you have.

Required Documents (must be submitted with your appeal)

  • Copy of your Kentucky state income tax forms (Form 740 and all schedules) for the two calendar years immediately preceding
    the date of application for reclassification of residency status. All tax forms must include filer's name, signature, and date.
  • Verification that you have not been enrolled as a student or that you were enrolled less than half-time while living in Kentucky for the 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which you are applying
  • Copy of property deed to Kentucky residence, or copy of lease agreement for noncollegiate housing
  • Copy of your current automobile registration if you have a car
  • Copy of current driver's license
  • Copy of voter registration, if registered

Other Documents

  • Copy of both sides of permanent visa (e.g. resident alien card, etc.) if applicable
  • Letter from your employer on official company letterhead verifying job transfer or acceptance of full-time employment giving
    date of employment, average number of hours worked per week, and whether the job is permanent or temporary
  • Verification of payment of occupational taxes in Kentucky
  • Verification of payment of real property taxes in Kentucky
  • Copy of current military orders, if applicable
  • Copy of military document changing home of record to Kentucky, if applicable
  • Copy of military discharge (DD 2-14), if applicable
  • Other documentation relevant to your situation and which might be supportive of your request for determination of residency status

Required Documents (must be submitted with your appeal)

  • Copy of Kentucky (Form 740) state tax forms of your Parent/Legal Guardian or Spouse for the two calendar years immediately
    preceding the date of application for reclassification of residency status. All tax forms must include filer's name, signature and date.
  • Copy of Parent/Legal Guardian or Spouse property deed to Kentucky residence, or copy of lease agreement for noncollegiate
    housing.
  • Copy of your Parent/Legal Guardian or Spouse current automobile registration if they have a car
  • Copy of Parent/Legal Guardian or Spouse current driver's license
  • Copy of Parent/Legal Guardian or Spouse voter registration, if registered

Other Documents

  • Copy of statement from parent regarding financial support.
  • Copy of both sides of permanent visa (e.g. resident alien card, etc.) if applicable
  • Letter from your Parent/Legal Guardian or Spouse employer on official company letterhead verifying job transfer or
    acceptance of full-time employment giving date of employment, average number of hours worked per week, and whether the
    job is permanent or temporary.
  • Verification that you have not been enrolled as a student or that you were enrolled less than half-time while living in Kentucky
    for the 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which you are applying.
  • Verification of payment of occupational taxes in Kentucky.
  • Verification of payment of real property taxes in Kentucky.
  • Copy of current military orders, if applicable.
  • Copy of military document Parent/Legal Guardian or Spouse changing home of record to Kentucky, if applicable.
  • Copy of Parent/Legal Guardian or Spouse military discharge (DD 2-14), if applicable.
  • Copy of marriage license, if spouse information is relevant to your application.
  • Other documentation relevant to your situation and which might be supportive of your request for determination of residency
    status.