Residency Requirements

It is important that you understand how policies for non-residential students will affect your financial preparations to attend the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Students who are classified as non-residents include:

  • students who are not attending a Nebraska high school
  • students whose permanent address is not in Nebraska at the time they are admitted
  • students who are not graduates of an accredited Nebraska high school

Qualifying for Residency Status For The Purpose of In-State Tuition

  1. Persons of legal age (19 or older) or emancipated minors who:
    • have established a home in Nebraska for at least 12 months*
    • AND can verify by documentation that he/she intends to make Nebraska their permanent residence
  2. Dependent students whose parent/guardian has established a home in Nebraska.
  3. Persons who are married to Nebraska residents who had established a home in Nebraska prior to the marriage.
  4. Permanent resident aliens or individuals who have been granted asylee or refugee status and who have established a home in Nebraska for at least 12 months.
  5. Dependents or spouses of permanent university, state college, or community college employees in the State of Nebraska who have at least part-time (.5 FTE) employment status.
  6. Active duty military personnel and their dependents whose permanent duty station or home of record is in Nebraska.
  7. Persons who graduated from an accredited high school in Nebraska and were legal residents of Nebraska at the time of graduation.
  8. Individuals who previously attended the University of Nebraska or one of the Nebraska state colleges as a resident within the last two years.
  9. Individuals, and their spouses and dependents, who were recruited for full-time employment to the state of Nebraska because of their special talents or skills.
  10. Members of tribes who live outside the state of Nebraska qualify for in-state tuition rates upon providing documentation of membership.
  11. You need to apply for residency classification in order to determine if you qualify for in-state tuition.

Native American Tribes Indigenous to Nebraska OR Tribes Migrated To or From The
State of Nebraska

The following have been identified as native American tribes indigenous to Nebraska or tribes that historically migrated to or from the state of Nebraska.

It is the responsibility of the student to submit a copy of his or her tribal card to the Office of Admissions if he/she wants to be considered a resident for tuition purposes. Students who do not provide this documentation will be determined to be non-residents without further notification.

Native American Tribes Indigenous to Nebraska OR Tribes Migrated To or From The State of Nebraska
Tribes
Arapaho Hidatsa Missouria Sac and Fox
Arikara Jicarilla Apache Omaha Dakota Sioux
Northern Cheyenne Iowa Otoe Lakota Sioux
Southern Cheyenne Kickapoo Pawnee Nakota Sioux
Comanche Kiowa Ponca Santee Sioux
Crow Mandan Potawatomie Winnebago

*Individuals who move 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 his/her attendance.

NOTE: Enrolling at a university, college or community college in Nebraska during the 12 months immediately preceding the term for which residency classification is sought will be considered strong evidence that an individual moved to Nebraska primarily to enroll in a post-secondary institution in Nebraska. The student would therefore be considered a non-resident for tuition purposes for the duration of his or her attendance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.