As one of the state-supported public universities in Illinois, the costs of instruction at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are paid for through a combination of student-paid tuition and taxpayer-funded state support.
For tuition assessment purposes, it has been customary for students from Illinois to be assessed tuition at Illinois resident ("in-state") rates and for students not from Illinois to be assessed tuition at non-resident ("out-of-state") rates. However, University policy permits many out-of-state students who meet certain conditions to be reclassified as Illinois residents for tuition assessment purposes.1
In addition, effective Fall 2017, domestic, non-resident, undergraduate students who would otherwise be assessed a non-resident ("out-of-state") tuition rate will start to be assessed tuition at a resident ("in-state") rate.2 More information about that is here.
To be reclassified as an Illinois resident ("in-state") for tuition assessment purposes, students will need to complete and submit the application for Illinois residency that is available below.
This PDF application should be used by Undergraduate, Graduate, and Law students.
For certain questions on the application, supporting documentation is requested and that documentation must be included with the completed application when the application is submitted to the appropriate University office. In addition, the application must be notarized.3
The application deadline to be considered for reclassification for a given semester/session is noted on the application. (Actual deadline dates for upcoming terms are specified here.)
Undergraduate students should submit their completed application to the following University office:
Office of the Registrar
SIU Carbondale, Mailcode 4701
1263 Lincoln Drive, Room 0251
Carbondale, Illinois 62901 4
Any questions about the process may be directed to the Registrar's Office at (618) 453-2963, at email@example.com, or in room 0251 of the Student Services Building. Undergraduate students may find additional information about Illinois residency here.
Graduate students may find additional information about Illinois residency here. This page will also provide information about where Graduate students should submit their completed application at the Graduate School.
Law students may find additional information about Illinois residency here. This page will also provide information about where Law students should submit their completed application at the School of Law.
Remember that, starting Fall 2017, domestic, non-resident, undergraduate students will have less of a compelling need to become an Illinois resident due to the assessment of an in-state tuition rate rather than an out-of-state tuition rate.5
Certain non-resident students who cannot take advantage of reclassification for the current semester/session – due to having missed the application deadline – may still be able to take advantage of reclassification for a future semester/session by applying prior to that future application deadline.
Certain non-resident students who are not able to take advantage of reclassification at all may still be eligible for a lower tuition rate under one of our Alternate Tuition Rates. See here for more details on Alternate Tuition Rates.
1 Among those students who are not eligible to be reclassified as Illinois residents for tuition assessment purposes are non-US citizens who hold a visa which, on its face, precludes an intent to reside in the US.
2 However, this does not mean that such domestic, non-resident, undergraduate students will automatically be considered as Illinois residents. (Non-residents need to satisfy the conditions for Illinois residency and to complete the above application to be reclassified as an Illinois resident.) In addition, starting Fall 2017, international undergraduate students will normally continue to be assessed tuition at a non-resident ("out-of-state") rate, as will non-resident and international graduate, Law, and Medical students.
3 To get this application notarized means that the applicant must sign the application in the presence of a Notary Public. (Do not sign it beforehand.) Many offices at SIU have staff who are Notary Publics, including the Registrar's Office, the Graduate School, and the School of Law, though you may use any current Notary Public. As part of the process, the Notary Public will require you to show appropriate photo identification to verify who you are before you sign the application.
4 The completed application and supporting documentation for Undergraduates may instead be faxed to (618) 453-2939.
5 That said, there may be other reasons for – or benefits of – pursuing reclassification as an Illinois resident that extend beyond the assessed tuition rate.