Your residency is defined by Madison College as your official location of permanent residence. Your residency can have an effect on your admission into a program of study as well as your tuition. Residency is declared when you complete your initial admission application or when you create your student account.
Residency is determined by at least one of the following criteria:
- Filing a Wisconsin income tax return. If you are under 25 and claimed as a dependent by either parent, the residency information on your parents' state tax return applies to you
- Eligibility to vote in the state
- Motor vehicle registration
- Issuing state and address on your driver's license
- Location of employment
Residency requirements are described in detail on the state's Administrative Code Chapter TCS 10 website.
To determine how residency impacts program admissions, see the sorting criteria for programs that use a Petition Process.
If you have established a different residency and plan to maintain it, you must complete the official Residency Re-Determination process. This process should only be completed in the following scenarios: 1) Your program follows the petition process or has a limited capacity and your residency status has changed; or 2) Your in-state or out-of-state residency status has changed and your tuition is being charged incorrectly.
Residency for temporary, non-immigrant visa holders is out-of-state and cannot be changed (for example, F, J, B, and H visa types).
If you believe your residency status is not accurate or has changed, you may complete the Residency Re-Determination Form (PDF). Required documentation and submission instructions are included on the form. Any approved residency changes will be made effective for the current term and cannot be retroactively applied.