Residence Tuition Categories
For further reference within this document, all residency categories require the student, spouse and/or parent/guardian be either a U.S. citizen or a person who has been granted permanent resident, asylee or refugee status by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
A. Legal Age or Emancipated Minor: A person of legal age (19 or older) or an emancipated minor who, for a period of 12 months, has established a home in Nebraska where he or she is habitually present, and shall verify by documentary proof that he or she intends to make Nebraska his or her permanent residence. An emancipated minor is a person who by virtue of marriage, financial status or other reasons, has become independent of his or her parents or guardians. Note: An individual who moves to Nebraska primarily to enroll in a post-secondary institution in Nebraska will be considered a non-resident for tuition purposes for the duration of his or her attendance. Additionally, an individual claiming Nebraska resident status under this category will not be granted such a determination if he or she has claimed resident status in any other state within the past 12 months. Instructions: Provide Documentation 1 and 2 and an Affidavit of Intent. An emancipated minor must also submit a signed copy of the parent’s/guardian’s most recent federal income tax return as proof the applicant is not a dependent.
B. Dependent Minor: A minor (less than 19 years of age) whose parent/guardian has established a home in Nebraska where they are habitually present with the bona fide intention of making Nebraska their permanent place of residence. There is no minimum period of residence for the parent/guardian under this category. Instructions: Provide Documentation 1 and 2 and an Affidavit of Intent and a signed copy of parent’s/guardian’s most recent federal income tax return as proof the applicant is a dependent.
C. Legal Age Dependent: A person of legal age (19 - 24) who is a (qualifying child) dependent for federal income tax purposes of a parent/legal guardian who has established a home in Nebraska. There is no minimum period of residence for the parent/guardian under this category. Instructions: Provide Documentation 1 and 2 and an Affidavit of Intent and proof that the applicant is a dependent.
D. Married to a Nebraska Resident: A person shall be required to verify he/she is married to an individual who, prior to the marriage, had already established a home in Nebraska. The spouse must also meet all standard qualifications for residency for tuition purposes. There is no minimum period of residence for the applicant under this category. Instructions: Provide Documentation 1 and 2 and an Affidavit of Intent; provide a copy of your valid marriage license.
E. Asylee, Refugee or Permanent Resident Alien: An individual who has become a permanent resident alien of the United States of America, has been granted asylee or refugee status, or has applied for such status and has established a home in Nebraska for a period of at least 12 months. Instructions: Provide Documentation 1 and 2 and an Affidavit of Intent. Asylees or refugees must provide a photocopy of Form I-94 or other appropriate documentation which must verify asylee or refugee status has been granted or applied for. Permanent Resident Aliens must provide a photocopy of Form I-551.
F. University or State College Staff Member or Dependent/Spouse: A staff member or the dependent or spouse of a staff member of the University of Nebraska, one of the Nebraska state colleges, or one of the community colleges. The employee must be PERMANENT and have at least part-time (.5 FTE) employment status. Instructions: Provide Affidavit of Intent, and submit verification from the human resources/personnel office indicating employment date and status. If qualifying by dependent or spouse status, proof of dependent/spouse status must be provided.
G. Active Duty Military and Dependents:
A person on active duty with the armed services of the United States of America who has been assigned a permanent duty station in Nebraska, maintains Nebraska as their permanent home of record, or claims Nebraska for income tax purposes, or the spouse or dependent of an individual who has been assigned permanent duty station in Nebraska. Instructions: Provide official documentation from the military personnel office indicating active duty and permanent duty station in Nebraska. A person who is a dependent of a Nebraska resident on active military duty will be granted resident tuition status if he/she verifies he/she is a spouse or a dependent for federal income tax purposes of an individual meeting the qualifications. Instructions: Provide an Affidavit of Intent, and official documentation from the military personnel office indicating active duty and verifying that Nebraska is the state of legal residence.
H. Nebraska High School Graduate/ Nebraska Dream Act: A person who is a graduate of a Nebraska high school and who meets the requirements of Nebraska law found in Neb. Rev. Stat. §85-502(8),:
a. Graduated from a public or private high school in this state or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this state;
b. Resided in this state for at least three years before the date the student graduated from the high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma;
c. Registered as an entering student in the state post-secondary education institution not earlier than the 2006 fall semester; and
d. Provided an affidavit stating he or she will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity he or she is eligible to do so.
If the parent, guardian or conservator with whom the student resided ceases to reside in this state, such student shall not lose his or her resident status under this subsection if the student has a bona fide intention to make this state his or her permanent residence. For the purposes of this section, documentary proof of a Nebraska resident shall consist of documentation the individual has established a home or residence in Nebraska; an official transcript form the Nebraska high school the individual graduated from indicating the individual graduated from that school (or the equivalent high school diploma)
I. Former University/State College Resident Student: A person who has been enrolled at the University of Nebraska or one of the Nebraska state colleges as a resident for tuition purposes, and re-enrolls within two (2) years of the last date of enrollment an is residing in Nebraska. There is no minimum period of residency for the individual under this category. Instructions: Provide Documentation 1 and 2 and an Affidavit of Intent, and a statement from the University or the state college indicating resident classification.
J. Native Americans : A person not residing in Nebraska who is a member of a Native American tribe which is indigenous to or has historically migrated to or from the State of Nebraska. A list of these tribes is available in this catalog (see “Native Americans”). Instructions: Provide documentation attesting to the applicant’s affiliation with one of the qualifying tribes.
K. Recruited or Transferred Employees: Individuals who, because of their special talents and skills, were recruited to Nebraska for full-time employment in the state, or were transferred to Nebraska by a business entity, and the spouses or dependents of such individuals are exempted from the 12 month domicile rule. There is no minimum period of residence for the individual under this category. Instructions: Provide Documentation 1 and 2 and an Affidavit of Intent, and furnish a letter from the employer indicating permanent full-time employment status, the employee was either recruited or transferred to Nebraska by the business, date of initial employment in Nebraska and proof of dependent/spouse status if applicable.
L. Nebraska High School Graduate-Veteran: A person who has served the military who has been honorably discharged, is a graduate of a Nebraska high school, and has established a home in Nebraska with the intent to make Nebraska a permanent residence. There is no minimum period of residence for individuals in this category.
M. Military Veteran or Dependent/Spouse: A person who has served the military and who has been off active duty for two (2) years or less, or a dependent or spouse of such a veteran, if the person is registered to vote in Nebraska and demonstrates objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Nebraska. Note this category does not apply to a veteran who qualifies for benefits pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 3317 (the Yellow Ribbon program); however, spouses or dependents are still eligible. There is no minimum period of residence for individuals in this category.