A student's residency classification for tuition purposes is determined by the Admissions
staff at the time an admission application is submitted in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws #59-112-10 to #59-112-100 and College policies and procedures.
“Unknown” Residency Classification:
Financial Aid will not be awarded until your residency classification has been determined.
If your Residency Classification has been evaluated as Unknown due to providing incomplete
residency information, complete one of the following Residency Information forms:
Dependent Residency Information Form if:
- Student is claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax returns
- Parent, guardian, or spouse provides more than 50% of student’s financial support
(including tuition and housing)
Independent Residency Information Form if:
- Student provides more than 51% of own financial support
- Student claimed himself/herself or filed jointly on previous year’s tax return
**If the employment status on the form is marked “unemployed,” complete the Financial Support Information Form to avoid receiving a hold on your account for additional information.
Students under 24 years of age are presumed to be dependent. If you are under 24 and
believe you should be considered as an Independent Applicant, complete the “Application
for Review of Residency Classification – Independent” located in the steps below.
All requirements on the Residency Checklist must be met to qualify as an Independent
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 349-7120 for any questions.
To Apply for a Change in Residency Classification:
Step 1: Review the Residency Checklist and See frequently asked questions about residency
Review the Residency checklist to determine if you are eligible for consideration.
If you cannot provide all of the documents needed for a particular residency classification,
you cannot be considered for a change in residency status. Also, the documents you
produce for residency classification may be selected for review by State authorities,
so please retain copies of all documents.
Step 2: Complete the Application for Review of Residency Classification - Dependent or Application for Review of Residency Classification - Independent
Residency applications for Spring 2019 are due Friday, January 18 by 12:30 pm.
Summer 2019 Applications are due Friday, May 24 by 12:30pm
Submitting a Residency Review Application does not guarantee that a change in residency
status will be made. Also, all deadlines for submission of applications must be met
for any change to be considered for the current semester.
State law is the guiding regulation used to determine a student's residency classification,
not individual opinion or extenuating circumstances. That allows residency decisions
to be consistent and equitable for all students. In short, it is possible to live
in South Carolina--even in Horry or Georgetown County--and not qualify for in-area
or in-state tuition. There are specific requirements under the law.
(Note: Appeals of residency decisions may be made to the Associate Vice President
for Enrollment Development.)