Residency

Residency Application Packet

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 residency@nku.edu. The current Ohio Metro Rate can be found on the Student Account Services website.

I live in Ohio, am I qualified 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 residency@nku.edu. 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 residency@nku.edu.

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? 

If you are a member of the Armed Forces, or a new veteran who maintained Kentucky residency during military duty, a photocopy of your DD214 is sufficient to submit for residency review.

If you are a veteran, spouse or dependent of a veteran stationed in Kentucky for a period of 30 days or longer, official military orders are required to establish residency for tuition. The residency packet should be completed.

Membership in the Kentucky National Guard does not establish residency for tuition purposes, unless the guard unit is called to active duty for a period of at least 30 days. Kentucky National Guard members should contact the Office of the Registrar for additional information.

If you have any further questions regarding residency, please contact the Office of the Registrar at residency@nku.edu.