Residency Regulations (Undergraduate)

Applicants who are adults and who have been bona fide residents of the State of Wisconsin for one full year prior to the beginning of the term of enrollment, or minor students whose parents have been bona fide residents of the state for 12 months prior to the beginning of the term of enrollment, are exempt from payment of non-resident tuition. Also, applicants who have been continuously employed full-time in this state and were relocated to Wisconsin by their current employer, or applicants who moved to Wisconsin for employment purposes and accepted current employment before applying for admission to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, may, along with their spouse and dependents, be exempt from the payment of nonresident fees, provided the person making the application demonstrates an intent to establish and maintain a permanent home in Wisconsin.

In addition, persons may become exempt from the non-resident tuition if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • non-resident members of the armed forces (including spouse and dependents) stationed in the state or members of the armed forces who reside in Wisconsin and are stationed at a federal military installation located within 90 miles of the borders of Wisconsin
  • graduates of a Wisconsin high school whose parents have been bona fide residents of the state 12 months prior to the beginning of the term of enrollment or whose last surviving parent was a bona fide resident of the state 12 months preceding his/her death
  • minor students who have resided substantially in the state during the years of minority and at least 12 months preceding the beginning of the term of enrollment
  • adult students who have been employed as migrant workers in the state for at least 2 months each year for 3 of the 5 years preceding the beginning of any term or session for which they register at a university or center or for at least 3 months each year for 2 of the 5 years preceding the beginning of the term of enrollment
  • official refugees who moved to the state immediately upon arrival in the United States and who have resided in the state continuously
  • minors or dependent adult students, provided one or both parents have been bona fide residents of the state for at least 12 months preceding the beginning of the term of enrollment.

Intent to become a bona fide resident may be demonstrated or disproved by factors including, but not limited to, filing of Wisconsin income tax returns, eligibility to vote in Wisconsin, motor vehicle registration in Wisconsin, possession of a Wisconsin operator’s license, employment in the state, and self-support.

However, applicants who enter and remain in this state principally to obtain an education are presumed to continue to reside outside this state, and such presumption continues in effect until rebutted by clear and convincing evidence of bona fide residence.

For additional information, see http://www.uww.edu/admissions/residency.