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Northwest Missouri State University

Residency Requirements

To qualify for in-state tuition and fees a student must meet the official residency requirements established by the State Of Missouri. A student's residency status is determined by the primary residence of the student at the time of admission.

A student who wishes to have his or her status changed may obtain a petition form from the Admissions Office or by selecting one of the following forms:

Emancipated Petition for Residency

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Petition for students who are not claimed on their parent's state income taxes and meet all of the following requirements:

Unemancipated Petition for Residency

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For students who:

  1. married to a Missouri resident
  2. family has relocated to Missouri for the purposes of full-time employment, retirement, professional practice, or to conduct a business full-time, or
  3. stationed in Missouri as part of full-time military service.


Petition forms must be completed in full, notarized and submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the trimester for which the petition is made. It is the student's responsibility to submit all necessary documentation to the Admissions Office by this deadline.

For specific State of Missouri policies regarding residency, click here.