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SC Residency Questions

Applicants for admission and students who are seeking to be classified as a resident of South Carolina must file a petition requesting in-state status. Residency is determined by the University Residency Officer in the Office of Enrollment Management, according to the South Carolina Code of Laws.

Procedure and Timelines

General Information and Petitions for classification/reclassification are available in PDF format by clicking below.

General Information and Petition for Classification as a South Carolina Resident

This is a PDF downloadable form. The form also contains more general information.

Deadlines to apply for residency for Tuition/Fees purposes:

  • March 1 - Summer Semester
  • July 1 - Fall Semester
  • November 1 - Spring Semester

Note: South Carolina does not recognize, as residents, those who are here primarily for educational purposes. As a result, the opportunity to petition based on having been in the state for twelve months is not available to you once you have accepted an offer of admission. (section 62-605. A) The MUSC Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 2009 supporting this state regulation.*

MUSC Board of Trustees Residency Resolution
Clarifies MUSC policy on granting in-state status.

Eligibility for payment of in-state tuition and fees shall be determined under the provisions of Sections 59-112-10 through 59-112-100, South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976, as amended. 
This law is set forth in its entirety as follows (subject to further amendment by the General Assembly). (PDF)

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