Winthrop University is required under South Carolina State Law (Statutory Authority: 1976 Code Sections 59-112-10 to 59-112-100) to determine the residency classification of applicants. The initial determination of the one's resident status is made at the time of admission. The determination made at that time, any determination made thereafter, prevails for each subsequent semester until information becomes available that would impact the existing residency status and the determination is successfully challenged. The burden of proof rests with the students to show evidence as deemed necessary to establish and maintain their residency status.
Classification as a resident for tuition payment purposes is not automatic. All admitted students who claim residency in South Carolina or entitlement to in-state tuition are required to complete a Residency Form or a Post-Traditional Student Residency Form (for applicants who are 25 or older.) Applicants are classified as out-of-state until the required Residency Form has been received and reviewed by the residency officer.
All of the information requested on the form should be provided by the applicant. If the form is incomplete or has not been submitted, a request for submission of another Residency Form will be placed on the admitted student's enrollment checklist.
For some students, the information provided on the Residency Form does not clearly point to compliance with State Residency Law. In such cases, students will be asked to complete a Residency Application (see below) and provide the documentation that is required by State Residency Law.
Winthrop University staff members cannot exercise autonomy when rendering residency decisions. All residency applications will be reviewed for compliance with State Residency Law.
Instructions for New Students:
NOTE: Graduate and continuing students should submit the Residency Application to the registrar. Click here for the link to the appropriate form.
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