2.34.03 Tuition Regulations and Review Procedures
The following regulations and review procedures are established by Wayne State University for tuition and fee purposes. Wayne State University recognizes three means by which an individual may establish eligibility for in-state tuition and fees:
|2.34.03.020||Establishing Residence by Presence in Michigan|
Generally, in order to establish residence by presence in the State of Michigan, an individual must document at least six months of continuous physical presence in the State. The six months continuous residence must be completed before the first day of classes for the semester in which in-state tuition is sought. Even if someone is present in Michigan for six months, the person may not qualify for in-state tuition; it depends on whether the person is in Michigan for educational purposes or some other reason. See 2.34.03.040. Under limited circumstances which clearly demonstrate that student's presence in the State of Michigan is not primarily for educational purposes the student may be eligible for in-state tuition prior to the passage of the six-month presence requirement. See 2.34.03.050.
In general, a person's residence is the place where he or she actually lives with the intention of making it the person's permanent home and to which he or she intends to return from temporary absences. A person may be temporarily absent from Michigan without affecting his or her previously established residence. Full-time attendance at a school outside Michigan or enlistment in a military service are examples of temporary absences. Other types of absences for more than six months will be presumed not to be temporary.
|2.34.03.040||Presence for Educational Purposes|
Coming to Michigan from another state or country in order to attend Wayne State University or another school does not establish residence. A non-resident at the time of his or her enrollment remains a non-resident throughout his or her presence as a student, except where it can be established that presence in the State of Michigan is primarily for purposes that are not educational, with enrollment only incidental to the primary purpose of being in Michigan. If a student enrolls in undergraduate school for more than 8 credit hours, or in graduate school for more than 6 credit hours, or in Law School for more than 10 credit hours in any one full length semester, within six months after arrival in Michigan, Wayne State University normally presumes that the student is in Michigan for the purpose of attending school. Applicants must demonstrate that their presence in Michigan is primarily for purposes that are not related to enrollment.
|2.34.03.050||Factors Considered in a Residence Classification|
The following circumstances, although not conclusive, support a claim for in-state tuition on the basis of residence.
The student is employed in Michigan on a permanent, full-time basis or has accepted an offer of permanent employment in Michigan.
The student's parents (or in the case of divorce, one parent) are legal residents of Michigan as shown by their permanent employment in Michigan and/or their establishment of a primary household in Michigan, and the applicant previously was a resident of Michigan and has maintained significant connections to Michigan.
The student's spouse or partner is employed in Michigan on a permanent, full-time basis and the applicant moved to Michigan as a consequence of that employment; and
The student has broken off ties to his or her previous state of residence so that he or she no longer can reasonably be considered to be a resident of another state.
|2.34.03.060||Factors Typically Not Supporting Residence Classification|
The following circumstances, standing alone, do not typically support residence inasmuch as they may be common to a temporary short-term presence in Michigan:
a. Employment by the University as a fellow, scholar, assistant, or in any position normally filled by students;
b. A statement of intention to establish residence in this state;
c. Payment of local and state taxes; or
d. Automobile registration, driver's license, continued presence in Michigan during vacation periods.
For purposes of these regulations, the age of majority is 18 years. Except as provided in paragraph g. of this section, a minor does not have the capacity to establish his or her own legal residence. Normally, the legal residence of a minor follows:
A non-U.S. citizen may apply for resident status in the same manner as a citizen, if he or she is in the United States for other than a temporary educational purpose. In order to demonstrate this, applicants must provide evidence from the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services of one of the following:
|2.34.03.085||Attendance of Michigan High Schools|
An individual may be eligible for in-state tuition on the basis of high school attendance if he or she demonstrates that he or she:
a. Attended an accredited Michigan high school for at least three years and thereafter graduated from an accredited Michigan high school or obtained his or her GED in Michigan; and
b. Enrolls at Wayne State University within 28 months of graduating from high school or obtaining a GED.
An individual does not need to be a legal resident of Michigan or a citizen of the United States to qualify for in-state tuition on the basis of attendance at Michigan schools.
Individuals in any state on active duty in any component of the U.S. Armed Forces, including Reserves and National Guard, on or before the first day of classes, are eligible for a special tuition rate of 50 percentof the then-current in-state tuition rates, except for those enrolled in the Law School or the School of Medicine. Students in the Law School or the School of Medicine are eligible for the then-current in-state tuition rates. Proof of eligibility demonstrating the service member is actively serving must be provided.
Veterans and their dependents are eligible for Michigan in-state tuition.
The term "veteran" means a citizen of the United States or a resident alien whose most recent separation from any branch of the armed forces of the United States was under conditions other than dishonorable after having served on active duty for 90 consecutive days or more by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty.
Individuals who were separated from the National Guard of any state under conditions other than dishonorable, and their dependents are eligible for Michigan in-state tuition.
Without regard to the foregoing, any individual using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® -- Active Duty Program), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®), of title 38, United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311 (b)(9) who lives in the State of Michigan while attending Wayne State University (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) is eligible for Michigan in-state tuition.
In the event that a currently enrolled student serving in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including any U.S. State National Guard, is called to active service during the current semester, cancellation of all tuition and fees will be granted. For the purposes of this rule, "called to active service" is defined as involuntary and unanticipated.
|2.34.03.100||Good Neighbor Provisions|
Residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, and Williams counties in Ohio, or residents of Ontario, Canada, who were enrolled at Wayne State in eligible undergraduate programs as of Fall Semester, 2013, will pay in-state tuition and fees through the 2013-2014 academic year. This provision does not apply to all academic programs. WSU Tuition and Fee Regulations published each academic year identify specific academic programs eligible for this provision. Following the 2013-2014 academic year, the Great Lakes Policy (see section 2.34.03.105 below) will take effect for these undergraduates.
Residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, and Williams counties in Ohio, or residents of Ontario, Canada, who are enrolled in eligible graduate programs will pay in-state tuition. WSU Tuition and Fee Regulations published each academic year identify specific academic programs eligible for this provision.
|2.34.03.105||Great Lakes Policy|
Residents of the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, or Pennsylvania, or the province of Ontario, Canada, who are enrolled in eligible undergraduate programs and who are not eligible for the Good Neighbor Policy may pay tuition and fees at 110% of the then-current in-state rate.
Students enrolled in programs which are offered online in their entirety will have the out-state portion of their tuition waived. WSU Tuition and Fee Regulations published each academic year will identify the specific academic programs eligible for this provision.
Initial Classification and Appeal
A student may appeal the initial tuition decision as follows:
a. If an erroneous classification of non-residence occurs, an adjustment for the appropriate period and amount will be made.
|2.34.03.150||Effective Dates of Residence Regulations|
Amended statute as adopted on September 20, 2013, will be effective for the Winter Semester 2014.