Purdue University Residence Classification Guidelines

Purpose of the Residence Classification Guidelines

Purdue University enrolls domestic students from all 50 states and international students from around the world.  The following Residence Classification Guidelines have been developed to ensure that applicants for admission or enrolled students who believe they are Indiana residents understand why their initial residency classification may be non-resident (or international) and that they may be required to complete a Residence Classification Form and provide additional information to document their residency claim.

Why You Must File a Residency Application

As a state land-grant institution, Purdue’s Board of Trustees and the Indiana State Legislature require us to perform all due diligence in determining whether a student may be classified as a resident, non-resident, or international for tuition and fees.  New applicants, re-entering students, and current students who claim Indiana resident status where any of the following circumstances apply may receive an initial classification of non-resident (or international) and must file a Residence Classification Form.  The initial non-resident (or international) status will stand until the student’s application for reclassification has been approved for in-state tuition and fees:

  • Your home address is not in Indiana.
  • An educational institution you attended or graduated from is not in Indiana.
  • You are a dependent student (financially supported by parents or legal guardian and can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s personal income taxes) and your parent/guardian’s permanent home address is not in Indiana.
  • You are an Independent student (responsible for your own financial needs, have not been dependent upon parents or legal guardian for financial support for at least 12 months, and cannot be claimed as a dependent on anyone else’s personal income taxes) and you have not lived or worked in Indiana for 12 months or more.
  • You are not a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident Alien (if you are a Permanent Resident Alien, you must have a Permanent Resident Alien number and card).
  • You, your spouse, partner, or parent is in Indiana for limited or temporary purposes, such as education, internship or medical residency, military assignment or other temporary employment.
  • You are a dependent student and a parent lives outside of the state of Indiana.
  • You graduated from a high school outside the state of Indiana and have been enrolled in an institution of higher education since moving to Indiana, or have been involved in educational pursuits for the majority of time since high school graduation.

There are other circumstances that may also require you to file a residence classification application. The above examples are not intended to be an exhaustive list.  The University reserves the right to audit prospective or enrolled students at any time regarding eligibility for resident classification and to reclassify students who are classified incorrectly. 

Residence Policy

For an online version of University policy pertaining to "Residence Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes," please refer to the University Regulations and Operating Procedures.

Eligible Active Duty United States Military Personnel, Qualified Veterans, Eligible Indiana National Guard, and United States Military Reserves based in Indiana

Students who are Eligible Active Duty United States Military Personnel, Eligible Indiana National Guard Personnel, and/or Qualified Veterans are eligible for Resident status.  The criteria for these categories are maintained by the Office of the Registrar on the West Lafayette campus. Please click here for more information: (http://www.purdue.edu/registrar/currentStudents/residency/militaryresidency.html). 

Residence Form and Filing Deadlines

To download a copy of the residency application for in-state classification, along with a detailed instruction sheet, click on Residence Classification Form (PDF).

A Student’s Residence Classification Form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar any time after the Domicile requirement has been met (including one year of consecutive residence), but no later than 15 business days after the first day of classes of the academic semester or session for which reclassification is sought.

Mail the signed and completed application, along with the requested documentation, to one of the following addresses based upon your campus location:

Fort Wayne Students

Office of the Registrar
2101 Coliseum Blvd.
East Kettler Hall
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

(260) 481-6815

PNW Hammond Students

Office of the Registrar
2200 169th Street
Lawshe Hall
Hammond, IN 46323

(219) 989-2210

PNW Westville Students

Office of the Registrar
1401 South U.S. 421
40 Schwarz Hall
Westville, IN 46391

(219) 785-5459
1-800-872-1231 ext.5459

West Lafayette and Polytechnic Statewide Students

Office of the Registrar
Purdue University
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040

(765) 496-0509
residency@purdue.edu

Residency Frequently Asked Questions

To view a copy of answers to frequently asked questions about residency, click on Residency FAQs.

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