Missouri Residency Requirements
In order to earn Missouri residency status, there are minimum requirements that must be met. When you apply for residency, you must submit the following documentation to prove you meet the minimum requirements:
- Proof of Presence in Missouri
- Proof of earning at least $2,000 of taxable income in Missouri during the 12 month qualifying period
- Copy of your permanent Missouri driver’s license
- Copy of your Missouri voter’s registration verification
- Copy of Page 1 & 2 of the previous year’s Federal 1040 income tax form
- Copy of your Missouri auto registration (if applicable)
All of the residency requirements must be met for your application to be approved. If any requirement is not met or is not properly documented, your application will not be approved. If it is not approved, you will have the option to appeal the decision. Visit our application process guide for more information.
You must provide documentation proving you lived in Missouri for the 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the semester you apply for residency. These 12 months are known as your qualifying period. Qualifying periods are as follows:
- Fall Semester → August to August
- Spring Semester → January to January
- Summer Semester → June to June
You must pay non-resident fees during your qualifying period.
Documentation required to prove presence in Missouri
Presence in Missouri during the summer months of May through August must be thoroughly documented through the following sources:
If you don't have an official lease or sublease with your name on it, you must submit a notarized letter from your lessor with the following information:
- address where you lived
- dates you lived there
- terms of the agreement
You must provide the same letter if you lived with a friend or relative over the summer. Verification of the address where you lived is also required. A copy of your lessor's lease for the dates you lived with them is required.
If you stay in a residence hall over the summer, you will need a letter from the Residential Life Office showing the dates you moved in and moved out of the residence hall. Similarly, if you stay in a fraternity or sorority, you will need to submit one of the following:
- copy of your lease
- letter of verification from your house parent or president on house letterhead stating the location, move in and move out dates and the terms of the agreement
You will not need to submit any lease documentation during the academic year as long as you are enrolled in classes at MU.
B. Payroll record/paystubs and work schedules
This will also show proof of earning at least $2,000 of taxable income in Missouri during your qualifying period. You may NOT work for or with a relative, for or with a family business, or online.
You must make a banking transaction every two to three days during the summer months to show you were in Missouri. If there are days unaccounted for, you may be asked to provide additional documentation.
Parents may be listed on a bank account with you. However, only you may use the account to make transactions. These purchases prove you were physically in Missouri. The bank account does not need to be located in Missouri, but the statements must have your name printed on them.
Leaving the state
You are allowed to leave Missouri for a total of 14 days from the end of Spring Semester until the beginning of the Fall Semester. Travel days to and from your destination count towards the 14 days. Please be aware that any trip across state lines counts as one of the 14 days, regardless of the duration or purpose of the trip. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.
You are not required to remain in Missouri during the Thanksgiving, winter or spring breaks.
Owning property in Missouri
Owning property in Missouri does not make you a Missouri resident if your permanent address is located in another state.
Paying income taxes to Missouri
If you live in a different state but pay income taxes to the state of Missouri, there is a tuition discount available. Please visit the MU Cashier's Office website for more information.
At least $2,000 of gross (before taxes) taxable income must be earned during the 12-month qualifying period. You may not work online, for a relative or a family business.
Documentation required to show earned income
Paystubs and work schedules must be provided for every pay period during the summer months of May through August. In order to prove your presence in Missouri, you must continue to work during the summer months, even if you have already earned $2,000.
Waiters and Waitresses
If you work as a waiter/waitress, you must submit an income log in addition to your paystubs and work schedules.
If you work as a nanny, you must submit the following documentation:
- A letter of verification from the family, stating the family’s name and address, the student’s name, the dates of employment and the amount paid
- A copy of a Missouri driver’s license from one of the parents
- Copies of all payment checks
- An income log
Students who work part time for MU
Students who work part time for MU can print their paystubs from myHR by following these steps:
- Login to myHR with your username and password
- Click on "Pay Advice" under the section labeled "myPayroll"
- Click on the check date of the paystub you wish to print
- Click on "Print My Pay Advice"
- Print the PDF copy of your paystub
Your spouse’s Missouri taxable earned income may count towards the $2,000 requirement. Submit your joint tax return, marriage license and Missouri W-2’s as proof.
Deadline to make required earned income
The deadlines to make $2,000 of taxable earned income are:
- Spring Semester: Feb. 15
- Summer Semester: June 15
- Fall Semester: Sept. 15
If you do not make $2,000 by the deadline, you will be billed as an out-of-state student for that semester and may apply again the following semester.
The DMV mails your permanent driver’s license within four to six weeks of applying for one. Make sure you apply for your license early enough to receive your permanent copy before the deadline to apply for residency. The DMV will only forward your license to the address you list.
More information can be found at the Missouri Department of Revenue's website.
Online registration is available through the Boone County Clerk's office. If you are a non-U.S. citizen and have a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, please provide a copy of your card in place of a voter’s registration card with your residency petition.
In order to achieve residency, you may not be claimed as a dependent on your parents' Federal 1040 income tax form.
Students under 21
If you were under 21 during any part of your qualifying period, please submit a copy of Page 1 and 2 of your parent’s Federal 1040 income tax form for the previous year showing that you were not claimed as a dependent. Your name may not be listed in the "Exemptions" box on Line 6. If your parents are divorced, please submit copies of both parent's tax returns.
Students over 21
If you were 21 or older for your entire qualifying period, please submit a copy of Page 1 and 2 of your Federal and Missouri 1040 income tax form for the previous year.
Please mark out all social security numbers.
This is only necessary if you are the sole owner of your car.
Official Residency Requirements
Refer to the Missouri Residence and Tuition Assessment Administrative Guidelines for the official residency requirements established by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.