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In-State/Out-of-State Status Classification & Appeals


The OSRHE policy 3.18 outlines the criteria for classification of students as In-State or Out-of-State according to state statute. The following describes the process Western uses to determine student’s status during the admissions process and for any appeals or petitions for reconsideration.

OSRHE Policy Overview

The full policy is listed in the OSRHE Academic Regulations Manual (Chapter 3) in section 3.18. The following a general summary. Please refer to the manual for the full policy.

In general, in-state status is determined by the following guidelines:

  • A student who graduated from an Oklahoma high school and has resided in the state for 2 years prior is classified as in-state;
  • An individual who has lived and worked in Oklahoma for a period of one year, not attending school more than half-time, is classified as in-state;
  • An individual who marries a person with in-state status can be immediately classified as in-state;
  • Dependent students are considered in-state if their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are Oklahoma residents;
  • Permanent Residents who have resided in Oklahoma for 12 months, not primarily as a student, who have established domicile are considered in-state;
  • Military and Uniformed Services personnel who are stationed in Oklahoma for 30 days or longer, have been recently discharged from active duty (in the last 90 days), or for whom Oklahoma is their home of record are classified as in-state. This includes dependent children and/or spouses;
  • Students receiving Veteran Educational Benefits (Chapters 30, 33, 0r 35) are considered in-state;
  • Students in the military reserves who are currently serving on full-time active duty for more than 30 days and for whom Oklahoma is the home of record are classified for in-state status.
  • Students who have been given Special Student Relief by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Temporary Protected Status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can be classified as in-state;
  • Undocumented students who graduated from an Oklahoma high school, who lived in Oklahoma for the 2 years prior, and provides the institution who has applied or files an affidavit of intent to apply to legalize their immigration status may be classified as in-state;
  • An individual who has come to Oklahoma to practice a profession on a full-time basis shall be immediately classified as in-state status, along with their spouse and dependents, so long as they continue full-time employment for 12 months;
  • An individual is not deemed to have acquired in-state status until he or she has been in the state for at least a year primarily as a permanent resident and not primarily as a student and has established domicile. A student who has been primarily in attendance at a college more than half-time since moving to Oklahoma does not establish in-state status. Similarly, paying taxes in the state of Oklahoma does not establish in-state status;
  • Students may petition for reclassification at any point once they have established domicile.

Petition for In-State Status

Students who believe they are eligible for in-state re-classification to in-state status may petition to the Office of the Registrar by completing the Petition for In-State Status form (see our Forms tab) and providing requested supporting documentation or evidence for re-classification.

Petition for In-State Status








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