Admissions Office

Change of Resident Status

The tuition you pay is tied to your residency.

If you have been a resident of the State of Missouri for at least twelve (12) months preceding your application for admission, you are eligible for in-state tuition.

Even if you are currently considered a 'non-resident' of Missouri, it is possible to change your residency status.

The steps to apply for a change in residency status include:

Please read the entire Missouri Department of Higher Education Policy on Residency for Fee Purposes.

Residency re-classification cannot be retroactive to a previous term.

Military- If you are a member of the military or a dependent of military personnel, we need copies of orders showing the assignment to a US military base within the state or orders showing that your original Home of Record was Missouri.

International Students- If you are a non-citizen of the US, we are unable to change your residency unless you have your permanent resident card (green card) or have been issued a resident number from the Immigration/Naturalization Service or your Visa status is A, G, or L. (Please note: education may not be government funded).

For more information on residency status at MSSU, please contact:

Derek Skaggs
Director of Admissions, MSSU
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595

Phone: (417) 781-6778
Toll Free: (866) 818-6778
Fax: (417) 659-4429
Email: Skaggs-D@mssu.edu

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