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Am I Already a Resident?

As explained on the main residency page, there are several different circumstances under which you might already be considered a resident of Missouri, even if you didn’t grow up here. For example: if you graduated from high school in Missouri and have a Missouri address, then you’re already a resident. But there are several other ways that you may have already become a Missouri resident, which we’ve outlined below.

If any of these circumstances apply to you, you’ll need to submit documents to the Residency Department to confirm your status as a Missouri Resident.

Instructions for Submitting Documents

These documents may be scanned and emailed to the Residency Department at residency@missouri.edu. Please completely cover up all Social Security Numbers before you send the documents.

Once the semester is over, you can’t change your residency status for the preceding semester. The deadlines for submitting residency documentation for the current semester are:

  • September 15 for Fall semester
  • Feburary 15 for Spring semester
  • June 15 for Summer semester

Click the situation that applies to you on the list below to jump to that section (or just scroll down the page) to find the list of documents you’ll need to submit to confirm your residency.


Family moved to Missouri—Parents live and work in the state

If a family moves to Missouri for a parent to accept a full time, benefit eligible job, the 12-month residency waiting period is waived as long as the family’s move is completed and their documents are submitted to our office by the deadline (listed in the submission instructions at the top of this page).

These documents will provide support that Missouri is now your family’s permanent home and your primary and only residence, and that the family no longer works or resides in another state.

Please submit copies of the following documents to the Residency Department along with your (the student’s) name and MU student ID number:

  • Warranty Deed or lease for your family’s home in Missouri
  • Sales contract for the home being sold in another state
  • Both parents’ Missouri Driver’s Licenses
  • Both parents’ Missouri Voter’s Registration Cards
  • Letter of Verification of one parent’s employment in Missouri. This letter must state that the job is full-time and the employee is receiving company benefits. The letter should be on company letterhead and should include the parent’s job title, the name and address of the company they are working for, and be signed by the Human Resources Department or the company’s fiscal officer. If your family moves to Missouri to live, but a parent is working in another state, you must wait 12 months to apply for Missouri residency.
  • Missouri Vehicle Registration (NOT the vehicle title)
  • Page 1 and 2 of your parent’s Federal Income Tax Form 1040 for the current year showing that you (the student) were claimed as a dependent
  • Page 1 and 2 of the Missouri 1040 for the current year if taxes were filed in Missouri

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Parents divorced, one parent lives and works in Missouri

This is a list of the documentation that is required for a student whose parents are divorced, and one of the parents lives and works full-time in Missouri. When one parent lives and works full-time in Missouri, we can establish the Missouri Residency of the parent, and transfer it to the student.

These documents will provide support that Missouri is one parent’s permanent home and their primary and only residence, and that they no longer work or reside in another state.

Please submit copies of all of the following documents to the Residency Department along with your (the student’s) name and MU student ID number:

  • Warranty Deed or Lease for the parent’s home in Missouri
  • Parent’s Missouri Driver’s License
  • Copy of parent’s Missouri Voter’s Registration Card
  • Letter of Verification of one parent’s employment in Missouri. This letter must state that the job is full-time and the employee is receiving company benefits. The letter should be on company letterhead and should include the parent’s job title, the name and address of the company they are working for, and be signed by the Human Resources Department or the company’s fiscal officer. If the parent moves to Missouri to live, but is working in another state, you must wait 12 months to apply for Missouri residency.
  • Copy of Missouri Vehicle Registration (NOT the vehicle title)
  • Either of the following:
    • A copy of page 1 and 2 of the parent’s Federal Income Tax Form 1040 for the current year showing that you (the student) were claimed as a dependent
    • OR A copy of the divorce decree giving the Non-Missouri residency parent the right to claim the student in another state, and documentation of the Missouri parent’s financial support of the student through child support payments

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Parents retired in Missouri

If your family moves to Missouri with your parents fully retired from employment, the 12-month residency waiting period is waived as long as the family’s move is completed and their documents are submitted to our office by the deadline (listed in the submission instructions at the top of this page).

These documents will provide support that Missouri is now your family’s permanent home and your primary and only residence, and that the family no longer works or resides in another state.

Please submit copies of all of the following documents to the Residency Department along with your (the student’s) name and MU student ID number:

  • Warranty Deed or lease for your family’s home in Missouri
  • Sales contract for the home being sold in another state
  • Both parents’ Missouri Driver’s Licenses
  • Both parents’ Missouri Voter’s Registration Cards
  • Letter of Verification of the parents’ retirement to Missouri. The letter should be on company letterhead from the parent’s previous employer and be signed by the Human Resources Department or the company’s fiscal officer.
  • Missouri Vehicle Registration (NOT the vehicle title)
  • Page 1 and 2 of your parent’s Federal Income Tax Form 1040 for the current year showing that you (the student) were claimed as a dependent
  • Page 1 and 2 of the Missouri 1040 for the current year if taxes were filed in Missouri

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Member of a military family or a veteran

As a member of a Military Family or a Veteran, if you or your student are interested in attending the University of Missouri, please contact the Veteran’s Center for information about military benefits and how they will affect Missouri Residency. Visit veterans.missouri.edu, or contact the center by phone at 573-884-4383 or email at veterans@missouri.edu.

After that, please contact us at the Missouri Residency Department for assistance submitting your documentation.

If a family is living in Missouri because they have current orders to a military base in Missouri, please submit:

  • A copy of the current military orders

If a military family is not living in Missouri because they have orders to a base outside of Missouri, then we must establish that the family has significant ties to Missouri. The following documents are used to establish these ties. We realize not every family will have every item on the list, but we would anticipate that they will have a majority of the items listed below. You are welcome to scan and email copies of the following documents to our office at residency@missouri.edu Please make sure your name and MU student ID number are included in the subject line of the email.

  • Current LES showing Missouri is their home of record (Required)
  • Warranty Deed if your family owns a home in Missouri
  • Your Missouri Driver’s License
  • Your Missouri Voter Registration Card
  • Your most recent Missouri tax return

Veterans and Dependents using Transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits can find information about in-state tuition at veterans.missouri.edu.
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University of Missouri Employees

If you, your parent, or your spouse is a benefits-eligible, full-time employee of the University of Missouri, MU Healthcare, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), or Missouri University of Science & Technology (S&T) in Rolla, then as one of your benefits, we can offer you Missouri residency for educational fee purposes in the form of in-state tuition rates.

Required documents, depending on who the student is, will be:

  • Turnaround PAF (Personnel Action Form)
  • Copy of MU Name badge or MU ID Card
  • Copy of your marriage certificate
  • If requesting residency for your child, a Federal Income Tax Form 1040 may be needed to show the student is your dependent

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Spouse moved to Missouri for full-time employment

If your spouse moved to Missouri for the purpose of full-time, benefit-eligible employment in Missouri, you’ll need to submit copies of the following documents for you to be considered a Missouri resident:

  • A letter from your spouse’s employer on company letterhead stating your spouse is working in a full-time, benefit-eligible position. The letter must include the start date and location of the job. If you purchased a home in Missouri, but are working in another state, you must live in Missouri for 12 months to apply for Missouri residency.
  • Your housing contract (this must be either a warranty deed if you purchased a house in Missouri or a copy of your apartment lease)
  • Your and your spouse’s Missouri Driver’s License
  • Your and your spouse’s Voter’s Registration Cards
  • Your and your spouse’s Missouri Vehicle Registration (NOT the vehicle title)
  • Page 1 and 2 of both your current Federal Income Tax Form 1040. If you filed taxes in Missouri in current year, also send your Missouri 1040.
  • Your marriage certificate

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You (the student) moved to Missouri for full-time employment

If you moved to Missouri for the purpose of full-time, benefit-eligible employment in Missouri, and you now want to attend Mizzou, submit copies of the following documents in order to be considered a current Missouri resident:

  • A letter from your employer on company letterhead stating you are working in a full-time, benefit-eligible position. The letter must include the start date and location of your job. If you purchased a home in Missouri but are working in another state, you must live in Missouri for 12 months before applying for Missouri residency.
  • Your housing contract (this must be either a warranty deed if you purchased a house in Missouri or a copy of your apartment lease)
  • Your permanent Missouri Driver’s License
  • Your Missouri Voter’s Registration
  • Your Missouri Vehicle Registration (NOT the vehicle title)
  • Page 1 and 2 of your current Federal Income Tax Form 1040. If you filed taxes in Missouri, also send a copy of current page 1 and 2 of your Missouri 1040.

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Questions?

If you need help submitting your documents via the instructions listed at the top of this page, or you have any other questions, please contact us:

Missouri Residency Department
Office of the University Registrar
125 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
residency@missouri.edu
573-882-3852