WKU Residency Information
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) is responsible for the establishment of criteria for determining residency in the state of Kentucky for tuition purposes. All residency decisions are governed by Administrative Regulation 13 KAR 2:045.
At Western Kentucky University, a residency determination is made based on information supplied by each applicant or admission. In general, in-state residence for tuition purposes requires domicile and legal residency in Kentucky prior to enrollment. Upon acceptance to the university, students are informed of the residency decision via the personalized profile sheet that accompanies each admission letter.
A student’s residency remains unchanged unless a residency change request is initiated by the student, or an audit reveals an incorrect classification.
New, incoming students who believe their residency has been incorrectly determined should follow the steps outlined on the profile sheet for correcting any invalid information.
Currently-enrolled students must schedule an interview with the Office of Admissions to begin the reclassification process. Upon the conclusion of the interview, the residency reclassification form will be provided.
All residency determinations will be made based on the comparison of the residency affidavit with 13 KAR 2:045. All residency decisions will be provided in writing to the applicant. Applicants can petition for reclassification once per semester. Residency reclassifications cannot be applied retroactively.
For further information, contact the Office of Admissions at 270-745-2551, or visit the CPE Student Residency site:
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