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The University of Louisiana at Monroe


The residence status of applicant or student is determined in accordance with the State Board regulations and is based upon evidence provided in the application for admission and related documents. Residence status is determined by the Office of Admissions after the completed application for admission has been submitted. Residence status may not be acquired by an applicant or student while residing in Louisiana for the primary purpose of attending school. Residence status is not determined for students registered for three semester hours or less.

Because residence classification is an important part of fee determination, admission regulations and other policies of the colleges and universities, it is important that colleges and universities have fair and equitable regulations which can be administered consistently, respecting the interest of both the students and the taxpayers of Louisiana. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the colleges and universities with such evidence as deemed necessary to establish his residence status.


1. Applicants living with their parents are classified as residents, if the parents have established a bona fide residence in Louisiana. Ordinarily, a parent is considered to have established a residence in Louisiana if he/she actually resides and is employed full time in the State. A parent who is unable or chooses not to be employed, may be considered to have established a residence in Louisiana, if there is convincing evidence that he/she continuously resides in Louisiana. If only one parent qualifies as a resident of Louisiana, the student shall be classified as a resident provided that student resides with the parent who is a resident of Louisiana. An individual who resides in Louisiana and is employed full time in another state may be classified as a resident. In such a case, appropriate documentary evidence must be presented.

2. Students residing with their parents and enrolling as a nonresident are classified as residents if the parents move to Louisiana and acquire residence as defined in these regulations.

3. Persons may be classified as residents of Louisiana at the end of the twelve consecutive months of residence, if they have been employed in Louisiana, and if during that period they have not been registered in an educational institution for more than six semester hours or its equivalent in any semester. Persons who are unable to be employed and who have not been registered in any educational institution for more than six semester hours or its equivalent in any semester, may acquire residence in Louisiana if there is convincing evidence that they continuously resided in Louisiana for twelve consecutive months immediately preceding registration.

4. A student who is married to a Louisiana resident may acquire the residence status of his or her spouse.

5. Persons who reside in Louisiana for at least two years (exclusive of military service) and who then move to another state or foreign country retain the right to enroll themselves or any of their dependents as a resident for a period equal to the number of years they resided in Louisiana, but the right shall expire for a person who resides for a period of two years in another state or foreign country.

6. Members of the Armed Forces currently stationed in Louisiana and their dependents will be classified as Louisiana residents. Military personnel who were stationed in Louisiana immediately prior to their release from active duty may enroll themselves or their dependents as residents during a period not to exceed six months after the date of release, provided that the term of active duty shall have been no less than 12 consecutive months.

7. Members of the Armed Forces who were residents of Louisiana immediately prior to entering the Armed Forces retain the right for themselves or any of their dependents to be classified as a resident as long as they are in the Armed Forces and for a two-year period, after leaving the Armed Forces.

8. A resident of Louisiana does not lose the right to be classified as a resident during periods of employment in a foreign country.

9. An alien who has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence as an immigrant (proof of such status in his possession of his Form 1-151 or 1-551-Alien Registration Receipt Card or passport officially stamped "approved as a resident alien") and who has established residence under any of the foregoing provisions shall be declared a resident of the State.

10. A student may be declared a resident if either parent is a graduate of the institution which the student attends. A student that graduates with an associate or higher degree may be classified as a resident for subsequent enrollment at that same institution -- this ruling applies to U.S. citizens only.

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