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.

Residence Classification Information for Military Personnel

There are several ways that Purdue provides in-state residence classification for military personnel and their families. Qualified service members (or their dependents) who are admitted to Purdue University and meet the requirements for the applicable categories may be eligible for Resident status for tuition purposes. The criteria for each of these categories, as well as the application, can be found here. Questions regarding eligibility for military personnel should be directed to the Veterans Success Center (VSC). They can be reached by phone at (765) 494-7638 or by email at dogtags@purdue.edu.

Residence Form and Filing Deadlines

A Student’s Residence Classification Form must be submitted in the appropriate manner 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. Students must be enrolled in at least one course to be eligible for residency reclassification.

Purdue West Lafayette and Polytechnic Statewide Students

All Residence Reclassification applications for Purdue West Lafayette and Polytechnic Statewide Students must be submitted through the Slate portal using your Boiler Key login information. The portal will open on the first day of the semester at 12:01 a.m. Please note that for the summer session the portal opens on the first day of the summer term, this may differ from the beginning of your summer course.

Upon completion of the application, a list of required documentation will appear. The required documents will need to be uploaded electronically through the portal and can be formatted as a Word document, PDF, or scanned image file.

Your application is not complete until all required documents are uploaded. When your application is reviewed, if there are any additional documents needed, you will receive a notification via email for additional documentation added to your residency checklist in the portal.

Purdue University Fort Wayne and Purdue University Northwest Students

Please visit your campus websites for more information and a link to your specific Residence Form.


For more information about the Residence Reclassification process, please contact one of the following addresses based on 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
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 496-0509
Fax: (765) 494-0570

Residency Frequently Asked Questions

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

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