Nebraska Residency Requirements
Important information for residency applicants:
Enrollment at any community college, college, or university in the State of Nebraska during the 12 months prior to the term for which residency is sought can adversely affect your eligibility. Transcripts from each institution will need to be provided before a final residency decision can be made.
Qualifying for residency for tuition purposes at the University of Nebraska differs from what is normally required to be considered a “resident” of the State of Nebraska. A person may be considered a “resident” of Nebraska for most intents and purposes and still be a non-resident for tuition purposes.
The Office of Graduate Studies makes an initial residency determination based on information provided by the student at the time of application. Any student who has lived in the state of Nebraska for 12 months or less, or provides any information that indicates that they may not be a Nebraska resident for tuition purposes, will be admitted as a non-resident and will need to apply to change their residency status.
It is the student's responsibility to contest the initial residency decision and meet all appropriate deadlines if they feel the initial determination was wrong. The burden of proof lies solely with the student.
Mere physical presence in the State of Nebraska, regardless of length of stay, is NOT adequate to prove residency for tuition purposes. Likewise, owning property in the state will NOT result in automatic residency approval.
In order to apply for Nebraska residency for tuition purposes, complete and submit the Application for Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes eForm. You will want to have all applicable supporting documentation available for upload within your application.
If you prefer to complete the paper residency application (PDF version), you may download and complete this Application for Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes in addition to submitting any required supporting documentation. Paper documentation should be submitted to:UNO Office of Graduate Studies
6001 Dodge Street
203 Eppley Administration Building
Omaha, NE 68182
*Please note that you will complete either the eForm or the paper application, not both.
***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an Online Notary for the Residency Application will be temporarily accepted based on the Governor’s Executive Order to authorize early implementation of the Online Notary Public Act. The Act allows for an Online Notary Public to notarize a document remotely, without having to be in the principal’s physical presence. For additional information about notary services, please visit https://sos.nebraska.gov/business-services/notary-public.***
Frequently Asked Questions About Residency
All applicants for admission to the University of Nebraska should be aware that recent arrivals to the state may be classified as residents for most intents and purposes and still be non-residents for tuition purposes under the University of Nebraska Board of Regents residency policy (revised 1994). Therefore, when first applying for admission, all students who did not graduate from a Nebraska high school or who have not lived in Nebraska for a period of time long enough to determine resident status may be considered non-residents until evidence is shown that all requirements for resident tuition have been met.
A change in resident status for tuition purposes is not granted automatically. Students who have been classified as a non-resident must submit an application for residence classification and all applicable supporting documentation before resident status for tuition purposes can be determined.
In most cases, a student applying for residence will be required to have established a home in Nebraska for at least 12 months immediately preceding the semester for which resident status is sought. Any individual who has moved to Nebraska primarily to enroll in a post-secondary institution in Nebraska will be considered a non-resident for tuition purposes for the duration of their attendance.
The university reserves the right to question and/or request a residency application and supporting documentation from any individual who wishes to be considered for resident tuition status.
Students who have been classified as a non-resident but believe they qualify for resident status should review the various categories outlined in the residency application. After determining the appropriate category, each applicant should:
- Complete and submit an Application for Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes (via the eForm or paper form).
- Provide photocopies of appropriate supporting documentation as required under the residency category that you apply under.
- Submit the application and all supporting documents by the published deadline for the term in which you wish to be considered.
Note: Merely changing residence/address information on any other University form will not change your resident status for tuition purposes.
Although it is highly recommended to submit the residency application and all supporting documents prior to the start of classes, the last day to apply and submit documentation for residency is the end of the third week of the semester for which residency is sought (fall and spring semesters only). For summer sessions, the application deadline is the end of the first week of classes for the session the student is enrolled in.
The tuition rate is set by the Board of Regents. For more information, see the current tuition rates through Cashiering/Student Accounts.
Individuals who believe they have been incorrectly denied residency for tuition purposes may appeal that decision by submitting a letter of appeal and any additional documentation to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Students who have been granted U.S. Permanent Resident, Asylee, or Refugee status are eligible to apply for residency under Category E. Enrollment at any community college, college, or university in the State of Nebraska during the 12 months prior to the term for which residency is sought can adversely affect your eligibility.
If you are an H-1B visa holder, or the spouse/dependent of an H-1B visa holder, who was recruited or transferred to Nebraska for full-time employment, you may be eligible to apply for residency under Category K.
In 2006, the Nebraska state legislature passed a law that grants resident tuition to Nebraska high school graduates who do not hold official U.S. status and meet certain requirements. For more information, please view the Affidavit for Nebraska Residency for Tuition Purposes.
If a student does not qualify for residency for tuition purposes there are several programs to defray the cost of non-resident tuition. These programs are listed in our section on Residency (Tuition) Programs below.
Individuals who do not qualify for resident tuition status and/or reside outside of Nebraska but pay Nebraska income tax, and the spouses or dependents of such individuals, may be entitled to a tuition credit upon documented evidence of such payment to the State.
Learn more about the Non-Resident Nebraska Tax Credit.
Residency (Tuition) Programs
Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP)
The Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha offers residents of Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby and Woodbury counties the opportunity to attend UNO graduate programs at a special reduced tuition rate.
Learn more about the Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP).
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)
The University of Nebraska at Omaha participates in the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), an interstate initiative established by the Midwestern Higher Education Commission to increase educational opportunities for students in its member states. Participating states include Illinois (eligible through Spring 2022), Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Learn more about the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP).