Frequently Asked Questions
I am currently being charged out of state tuition, how can I qualify for in-state tuition?
If your home is in Kentucky, you may qualify for Kentucky residency. Additionally, if one of your parents or legal guardian is a resident of Kentucky, you may qualify for Kentucky residency. If your home is in Ohio, you may qualify for either the Ohio Metro Rate or Ohio Reciprocity. If your home is in Indiana, you may qualify for the Indiana Rate. If you do not qualify for the Ohio Metro Rate, Ohio Reciprocity, or the Indiana Rate you will be charged out-of-state (non-resident) tuition.
Am I eligible for the Ohio Metro Rate?
If you live in Adams, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Darke, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Licking, Madison, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Scioto, Ross, Union, or Warren County in Ohio you may be eligible to receive the Ohio Metro Rate. If you are not receiving the Ohio Metro Rate please contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com. The current Ohio Metro Rate can be found on the Student Account Services website.
I live in Ohio, am I qualified to receive the Ohio Reciprocity rate?
You may qualify for the Ohio Reciprocity rate if you meet all of the following criteria:
If you live in one of the following counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Highland or Warren County.
If you have earned an associate degree from the University of Cincinnati (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Clark Community College or Southern State Community College
If you are a first-time bachelor degree-seeking student not seeking a degree in Early Childhood education, Environmental Science, Criminal Justice, Nursing or on-line programs.
If at any time you do not meet all of the above-listed criteria, Ohio Reciprocity may be revoked. At that time, you will be charged out-of-state tuition (non-resident).
Am I eligible for the Indiana Rate?
If you live in Indiana and are a degree seeking student, you may qualify for the Indiana Rate. Degree seeking residents who live in the following six counties may be eligible: Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley, or Switzerland. If at any time you relocate outside of the designated Indiana Rate counties, you will be charged out-of-state tuition (non-resident). If you are not receiving the Indiana Rate please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. The current Indiana Rate can be found on the Student Account Services website.
If my home is in Kentucky do I automatically qualify for Kentucky Residency, or do I have to live in Kentucky for a year before I qualify?
If you are not admitted to Northern Kentucky University as a Kentucky resident and you would like to appeal the decision, you will need to fill out and submit the Residency Application Packet. If you have any questions about the application you may contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com.
I just recently became a green card holder. Can I apply for a review of residency?
If you have a green card or were admitted to the United States with an Asylum status, you may request a review of residency to be considered for Kentucky residency.
I am a veteran, a spouse or dependent of a veteran or a member of the Armed Forces; can I apply for in-state tuition?
A member, spouse, or dependent of a member whose domicile and residency was Kentucky when inducted into the Armed Forces of the United States, and who maintains Kentucky as home of record and permanent address, shall be entitled to Kentucky residency status:
During the member's time of active service; or
If the member returns to this state within six months of the date of the member's discharge from active duty.
A member of the armed services on active duty for more than thirty (30) days and who has a permanent duty station in Kentucky shall be classified as a Kentucky resident and shall be entitled to in-state tuition, as shall the spouse or a dependent child of the member.
A member, spouse, or dependent of a member shall not lose Kentucky residency status if the member is transferred on military orders while the member, spouse, or dependent requesting the status is in continuous enrollment at the degree level in which currently enrolled.
Membership in the National Guard or civilian employment at a military base alone shall not qualify a person for Kentucky residency status. If a member of the Kentucky National Guard is on active duty status for a period of not less than thirty (30) days, the member shall be considered a Kentucky resident, as shall the spouse or a dependent child of the member.
A person eligible for benefits under the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, 38 U.S.C. 3301-3325, or any other educational benefits provided under Title 38 of the United States Code shall be entitled to Kentucky resident status for purposes of tuition charged at state-supported institutions. For additional information regarding Veteran Services, please visit the Veterans Resouce Station located in the Student Success Center (UC 131), or at veterans.nku.edu.
If you have any further questions regarding residency, please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.