Minnesota Residency

Resident status is determined by the state of residence indicated by the student on the application for admission. Students must have resided in Minnesota for one calendar year immediately prior to the start of their term of application. Residency must not be primarily for the purpose of attending a college or university.

Students may establish eligibility for resident tuition by demonstrating domicile in Minnesota. Students have the burden of proving domicile for purposes of resident tuition. A domicile is a person's true, fixed and permanent living place. Domicile is the place to which a person intends to return after temporary absences. A person may have only one domicile at a time.

Please refer to Minnesota State Policy on Minnesota Residency Requirements for other conditions that may qualify a nonresident student for resident tuition.

For consideration of resident tuition, please download the Resident Classification Request(.pdf) and complete and submit according to instructions on the form.


Wisconsin and North Dakota residents who attend Metropolitan State University may be eligible for a reciprocity agreement allowing them to pay lower tuition rates than nonresidents from other states. Students must submit application forms with their respective home state to apply for the reciprocity tuition rates.

The university must receive official approval of reciprocity before a student's account will be adjusted. A student will be assessed the nonresident tuition rate until reciprocity approval is received. 

For more information visit the Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board website.

North Dakota
For more information visit the North Dakota University System website.

South Dakota
South Dakota residents do not have to apply for reciprocity. Students indicating South Dakota residency at the time of application for admission will be assessed the South Dakota reciprocity tuition rate, which is the same as the Minnesota resident tuition rate.

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