The governing board at each university in Michigan has the authority to establish a residency policy for admissions and/or tuition and fee purposes. Therefore, policies will vary between institutions and are independent of those used by the State to determine residency for purposes such as income, property tax liability, driving or voting.

Western Michigan University has determined that a student may be considered domiciled in Michigan if the student is in continuous physical presence in Michigan for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which residency is sought, and the student intends to make Michigan his/her permanent home and has no domicile elsewhere.

Domicile is defined as the place where an individual’s true, fixed and permanent home and principle establishment is and this place to which the individual returns whenever absent from the University. Students must be a U.S. citizen or have a permanent visa to qualify.