The University Registrar's Office classifies students into one of three categories in terms of their state residency and subsequent tuition rate. Students are then billed tuition at that corresponding rate: Ohio resident, non-resident, or Graduate Metropolitan Rate. Several unique residency situations (described below) may also apply to UC Law students.
Cincinnati Law students living in certain Northern Kentucky counties are able to attend UC Law at an established Graduate Metropolitan Rate (GMR). This rate equals Ohio resident tuition plus $180 per semester (up to 18 credit hours per semester). Students who present a driver's license or state ID from an eligible Kentucky county (along with the GMR Application and supporting documentation) at least two weeks prior to the start of the term can receive the rate. To learn which counties are eligible, to view the application, and learn more click here.
Residents of selected counties in the State of Indiana can qualify for Indiana Reciprocity to enroll at UC Law under Ohio resident tuition rates. Qualifying students must initiate the reciprocity eligibility review process by submitting the Indiana Reciprocity Application and supporting documentation verifying their residence in one of the eligible counties. Documentation may include a driver's license, vehicle registration, proof of voter registration, most recent state income tax form, and a lease or property deed. The application form and supporting documentation should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the term for which you are enrolling. To learn more about qualifying click here.
Some married law students are able to gain immediate Ohio residency under Ohio Administrative Code 3333 -1-10 (C)(3). This rule allows for the spouse of a person who, as of the first day of classes, has accepted full-time, self-sustaining employment and has established domicile in Ohio for reasons other than gaining the benefit of favorable tuition rate. An Immediate Residency Application and other documentation will be required (typically this includes a letter from an employer stating the date of transfer/employment, a copy of a lease or deed indicating residence in Ohio, etc). Incoming students planning to apply for Immediate Residency are urged to contact the University Registrar’s Office as early in the process as possible.
Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services, their spouses, and their dependents may qualify for immediate classification as Ohio residents for-tuition-purposes, if the veteran satisfies certain criteria. Click here to learn more.
The State of Ohio does permit independent, self-sustaining non-resident students to reclassify as Ohio residents after 12 months of domicile. Typically this enables many law students to reclassify as Ohio residents for both their second and third years of study. More information is available through the Office of the Registrar