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Who Qualifies for In-State Tuition?

Residents of the state of Illinois are assessed in-state tuition, and all other students are assessed out-of-state tuition. U.S. citizens, permanent residents and holders of certain types of visas may establish Illinois residency and qualify for in-state tuition provided certain conditions are met. There is also an Illinois law that allows for some students, including non-citizens, to qualify for in-state tuition provided specific criteria are met.

Choose the category that applies to you to determine if you qualify for in-state tuition:

Students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

Residency status is a factor when determining the tuition a student is charged. Students who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, or do not possess a green card, visa, or other legal documentation, may be eligible to receive in-state tuition if specific criteria are met.

In accordance with Illinois General Assembly Public Act 093-07 and 110 ILCS 305/7e-5, commonly referred to as the Acevedo Bill, the University of Illinois allows in-state tuition for those applicants to the University of Illinois (U.S. citizens and non-citizens) who:

  1. attended an Illinois school for at least three years (K-12) prior to graduating or receiving the equivalent of a diploma;
  2. graduated from an Illinois high school or received the equivalent of a diploma in Illinois;
  3. resided with parents or guardians while attending an Illinois high school; and
  4. for those applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., provided the University with a notarized affidavit stating the applicant will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so.

Students must complete and submit a notarized University of Illinois Residency Affidavit stating that they meet the above conditions and that they will file an application to become a permanent resident at their earliest opportunity. This affidavit is kept confidential by UIC.

For further information regarding in-state tuition eligibility for non-citizens please contact:

Glenda Anderson
Recruitment and Residency Counselor
Office of Admissions
1200 West Harrison
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-413-5444
Fax: 312-413-7628
Email:   gsneed@uic.edu


International Students

International students on F-1, J-1 and other types of temporary visas, including students who are applying for U.S. permanent residency, are not permitted to establish in-state residency and are assessed out-of-state tuition. Students on other visa types, such as an H-4 visa, may be eligible for in-state tuition provided specific criteria are met. Go to the University's website for Information about In-State and Out-of-state Residency and read the FAQ section and the Petition for Determination of Residency section to determine if you qualify.

 

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Residency status is a factor when determining the tuition a student is charged. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are residents of the state of Illinois are assessed in-state tuition. Please read the University regulations guiding residency status for more information.

U.S. Citizen and Permanent Resident students who are not residents of the state of Illinois are assessed out-of-state tuition. Some students may establish residency in Illinois and qualify for in-state tuition provided specific criteria are met. Please visit the University's website for Information about In-State and Out-of-state Residency and read the FAQ section and the Petition for Determination of Residency section to determine if you qualify.