GENERAL ADMISSION INFORMATION

Students applying for admission to Marshall University must submit an application form available from the Admissions Office or apply online. All necessary supporting materials should be on file with the Admissions Office at least two weeks before the opening of a semester or term. All materials submitted in support of an application for admission become the property of Marshall University. Materials will not be returned or released to third parties. Any student admitted on the basis of false and/or incomplete information is subject to immediate dismissal or other disciplinary action.

To request information click here and for the online application click here For specific admission requirements depending on student type, please see the appropriate section below. For information on INTERNATIONAL Undergraduate Admission, click here or feel free to contact International Admissions at international@marshall.edu.

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to any particular college or degree program. Each student must meet the requirements of the academic college s/he wishes to enter, or of the degree program sought. Check individual college program listings for details.

Admission to Marshall University is granted for a specific term only. If an applicant fails to register during the term for which s/he is admitted, the applicant may contact the Admissions Office and request an extension of acceptance for up to one academic year. If an applicant attends another accredited college or university during that time, s/he must re-apply as a transfer student. Appeals of admission decision will be granted on a very limited basis at the discretion of the Admission Appeals Committee when extenuating circumstances exist. The student must show great potential for success, provide a plan for improving academic performance, and submit documentation of all extenuating circumstances. For more information on submitting an appeal, please contact the Admissions Office.

A housing reservation, scholarship award, or grant-in-aid is contingent upon admission to Marshall University. Admission to the university does not guarantee housing. All students must be fully admitted to re-enroll for succeeding terms. Once an applicant is admitted, s/he can visit www.marshall.edu/newstudentchecklist for information regarding all steps in the enrollment process. Beginning with the Fall 2011 term, an enrollment deposit will be required before any new student is permitted to register for courses or reserve housing.

COMPLIANCE WITH MILITARY SELECTIVE SERVICE ACT

State law provides that a male person who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years may not enroll in a state-supported institution of postsecondary education unless he is in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S. Code, Appendix 451, et. eq. and the amendments thereto). Also, a male person may not receive a loan, grant, scholarship, or other financial assistance for postsecondary higher education funded by state revenue, including federal funds or gifts and grants accepted by this state, or receive a student loan guaranteed by the state unless he is in compliance with the Military Selective Service Act.

APPLICATION FEES

All new domestic students applying to Marshall University must pay a $30.00 application fee. Once the $30.00 application fee has been paid, no additional application fee is required for subsequent undergraduate applications. In lieu of the application fee, transfer students must pay a $50 transcript evaluation fee. Transcript evaluation fees are valid for one academic year only. The International application fee is $100. An additional $50 transfer evaluation fee is required for international transfer students.

FRESHMEN

Application Procedures for Freshmen and Non-Transfer Students

High School Graduates
General Requirements:

1. A high school diploma (official transcript with graduation date required).
2. An Overall Grade Point Average of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale and a composite score of at least 19 on the ACT or a combined score (critical reading + math) of at least 900 on the SAT; OR an Overall Grade Point Average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and a composite score of at least 16 on the ACT or a combined score (critical reading + math) of at least 770 on the SAT.
3. Completion of the 2008 Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) course requirements. 2008 HEPC course requirements include:
      - 4 years of English (including courses in grammar, composition, literature)
      - 3 years of social studies (including U.S. history)
      - 4 years of math (including Algebra I and at least two higher units)
      - 3 years of science (all units must be laboratory science)
      - 2 years of the same foreign language
      - 1 year of fine arts

Beginning in 2008, students seeking admission to four-year degree programs must earn credit for the courses listed above.

Applicants who have not completed the 2008 HEPC course requirements may be admitted, but must complete commensurate college-level coursework within the first 60 hours of enrollment at Marshall University. Please consult an academic advisor for specific course requirements.

First-time freshmen pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree who meet the General Requirements on listed above will be admitted unconditionally.

A very limited number of students who do not meet the GPA, ACT/SAT, or Higher Education Policy Commission general requirements for admission (GPA of at least 2.00 and 19 ACT/900 SAT CR+M) may be admitted conditionally to University College. Under the terms of the admissions policy, only a limited number of conditionally admitted students will be permitted to enroll at Marshall. For specific requirements for conditionally admitted students, see "Conditional Admission."

Required Application Materials:
1. Completed application for admission including the application fee.
2. An official, final transcript, including graduation date, sent directly from the student’s
    high school to the Marshall University Admissions Office.
3. Official college transcript sent directly from the college or university if a student has
    completed a non-Marshall college course while in high school or in summer school.
4. American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores sent directly from
    the testing center. The Higher Education Policy Commission requires that all freshmen
    submit the American College Test (ACT), or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores
    except applicants who graduated from high school five years or more ago. (Applicants who
    graduated from high school five years or more ago and who lack test scores must pass special
    placement exams or designated English and mathematics prerequisites before they are permitted
    to enroll in courses in English and mathematics.) ACT
    or SAT test scores are used in placing students in English and mathematics, for
    scholarship and loan applications, for academic counseling, for determining eligibility for
    certain degree programs, and in part to meet NCAA athletic eligibility requirements.
5. A valid immunization record including measles and rubella vaccinations (MMR).
    Applicants can provide an immunization record signed by a physician or an official copy
    of the permanent high school health record including a report of the required immunizations.
    Students must provide proof of immunity before or during the first semester
    of enrollment or they will not be permitted to enroll in subsequent terms. If an
    applicant has religious beliefs that prohibit vaccination, the applicant must submit a
    notarized statement from a member of his or her clergy. Requests for exemptions
    should be made to the Admissions Office. Students born prior to January 1, 1957 are
    exempt from the immunization requirement.


Conditional Admission

MU offers admission to a limited number of students who do not meet the freshman admission requirements. These students are admitted to University College and must complete all prerequisites work within three semesters. Prerequisites are determined by minimum requirements of an 18 ACT in English (450 on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT) score and a 19 ACT in Math (460 on the Math portion of the SAT) score. Upon completion of any needed prerequisites and earning a 2.00 in at least 12 hours of graded coursework, the student may transfer into any major/college for which s/he is eligible. Some majors and colleges require separate applications and course requirements for admission into their programs.

Provisional Admission

Students who have met minimum admission requirements but who are unable to provide one or more of the required application materials may be admitted provisionally in some instances. Freshman students may be provisionally admitted to the university for one semester only with the following minimum documentation:
1. Completed application for admission with appropriate fee
2. Preliminary high school transcript showing senior schedule or passing score on
   GED exam;
3. American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) exams with
   minimum required scores.

Freshman students will be fully admitted to the university and will be eligible to register for succeeding terms when all admission requirements have been met and all required materials have been received.

If a student has been out of high school more than three months, s/he must complete the statement of activities since high school graduation on the admission application before s/he can be considered for admission to the university.

A student who attends another collegiate institution during the summer session immediately following graduation from high school is admitted as an entering freshman with advanced standing.

GED RECIPIENTS

Non-high school graduates may be admitted to Marshall University if they pass with a standard score of 450 on each of the five parts of the General Education Development Test or an average standard score of 500 or above on the entire test. GED scores must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from a state testing center or a state department of education. Applicants for admission who have held the GED for at least five years subsequent to the graduation date of their high school class do not need ACT/SAT scores except if applying to the College of Science or College of Information Technology and Engineering. Applicants holding the GED for fewer than five years must submit ACT or SAT scores. Students admitted without ACT or SAT scores are required to take English and math placement examinations prior to course registration. A limited number of students who do not meet GED, ACT, or SAT requirements may be admitted to University College at the discretion of the Director of Admissions (see Conditional Admission). GED students may not enroll at Marshall University prior to the graduation date of their high school class. When extenuating circumstances exist, GED students who wish to enroll before their high school class has graduated may appeal for early acceptance as freshmen to the Director of Admissions.

General Education Development (GED) Test Admission Requirements:
1. Applicants for GED admission must be past the age and time of their regular high school graduating class.
2. Applicants must have official GED test scores sent directly from the state GED testing center or state department of education.
3. Applicants who completed the GED test in the Armed Forces can have an official copy of their scores forwarded to the Admissions Office. More information is available online at www.dantes.doded.mil
4. A GED graduate is admitted on the basis of a standard score of 450 or above on each of the five parts of the test or an average standard score of 500 or above on the entire test. No course credit is granted for completion of the college level GED Test.

EARLY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

If a high school student has met all high school graduation requirements by the end of the fall semester of the senior year, s/he may be provisionally admitted for the spring semester of the senior year as a freshman student under the following conditions:
1. All general freshman admission requirements are met;
2. High school counselor must submit a letter indicating that the student has met all high school graduation requirements but will not receive a diploma until her/his graduating    class receives the diploma;
3. Registration will be permitted for one term only. Students will not be permitted to register for subsequent terms until final high school transcript with graduation date has been    received.

If a student cannot provide the aforementioned documentation, s/he may apply as an Early Entry student (see Early Entry section). Early High School Graduates and Early Entry students are not eligible for financial aid and may not reside on campus.

TRANSFER STUDENTS
Application Procedures for Transfer Students

A high school graduate or GED recipient who wishes to enroll at Marshall University and who has attempted coursework from another accepted, accredited college or university is classified as a transfer student. Marshall University does not at any time or under any condition disregard college or university credits attempted or earned elsewhere for the purpose of admitting an applicant. Any student admitted on the basis of false and/or incomplete information is subject to immediate dismissal or other disciplinary action.

General Admission Requirements:

All transfer students must be eligible to return to the institution they most recently attended.

In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 26 earned semester hours must meet one of the following criteria:

- Must meet the freshman admission standards (see Freshmen)
        OR
        - Have earned 12 semester college credit hours and completed all prerequisite
           courses for English and math while maintaining a 2.00 cumulative college GPA

Transfer students who do not meet either of these requirements may appeal the decision through the Admissions appeals process. If a transfer student is admitted with a cumulative GPA below 2.0, he or she is on academic probation and is eligible to register for a limited number of credit hours. Please contact the appropriate dean's office for specific guidelines.

Admission to Marshall University does not guarantee admission to specific academic programs. Students must meet all requirements of an academic program in order to be admitted to that program.

Required Application Materials:
1. Completed application for admission. (The application must be complete, including the statement of activities section, before transfer students can be considered for admission to the university).
2. Official transcripts from the Registrar’s Office of all accepted, accredited institutions attended must be sent directly to the Marshall Admissions Office. (Faxed transcripts, transcripts marked "issued to student," transcripts issued to any third party, or transcripts submitted directly by students cannot be accepted.)
3. A non-refundable transfer evaluation fee of $50.00.
4. Transfer applicants with fewer than 26 earned semester hours must also submit an official high school transcript with graduation date and ACT or SAT scores.
5. A valid immunization record, including measles and rubella, is required of all transfer students. Applicants can provide an immunization record signed by a physician or an official copy of the permanent high school health record including a report of the required immunizations. Students must provide proof of immunity before or during the first semester of enrollment or they will not be permitted to enroll in subsequent terms. If an applicant has religious beliefs which prohibit vaccination, the applicant must submit a notarized statement from a member of his or her clergy. Requests for exemptions should be made to the Admissions Office. Students born prior to January 1, 1957 are exempt from the immunization requirement.

Evaluation of Credit

Transfer Students from West Virginia State Colleges or Universities:

Credits and grades earned for all baccalaureate level courses at any accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institution in the West Virginia state-supported system of higher education are transferable to Marshall University.

Transfer Students from Community Colleges or Branch Colleges:

Seventy-two hours of credits and grades completed at community colleges or branch colleges may be applied toward graduation at Marshall University.

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Transfer students should apply to Marshall and submit their credentials at least one month before course registration to give ample time for an evaluation of their credits.

All credentials submitted in support of an application for admission become the permanent property of the university and will not be returned or released to third parties.

Marshall University accepts all transferable coursework from accepted, accredited institutions. Coursework taken at another accepted, accredited institution transfers at the level at which it was taken. This is something important to consider since Marshall students must have a minimum number of upper division credits (300/400 level credit), determined by their college, in order to graduate. If, for example, a student takes ENG 220, American Literature, at another institution, and this course converts at Marshall to ENG 320, American Literature, the student will get credit for ENG 320 at Marshall, but those credits will count as lower division (100- to 200-level) credits.

Grades earned for coursework taken at other institutions are calculated into the overall GPA (includes courses taken at MU and other institutions), but have no impact on the Marshall GPA (includes only MU coursework), except for D/F repeats.

The Core Curriculum (see additional information under "Academic Information") applies to transfer students. Students who believe they may have taken coursework at other institutions that would satisfy part of the Core Curriculum should submit documentation (course syllabi, catalog descriptions) to their dean’s office for review by the appropriate committee.

Provisional Admission of Transfer Students

Transfer students may be provisionally admitted to the university for one semester only with the following minimum documentation:

1. Completed application for admission with $50.00 transfer evaluation fee;
2. Transfer Applicants who have earned 26 or more semester hours from accepted, accredited institution(s) and who are currently enrolled while in good standing may be provisionally admitted pending receipt of all outstanding official, final college transcripts.
3. Transfer Applicants who have earned fewer than 26 semester hours from accepted, accredited institution(s), are currently enrolled while in good standing with a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA on 12 graded college-level semester hours, and have completed all prerequisites, may be provisionally admitted pending receipt of all outstanding official, final college transcripts.
4. Transfer Applicants who have earned fewer than 26 semester hours from accepted, accredited institution(s), are currently enrolled while in good standing, and who meet minimum freshman admission requirements may be provisionally admitted pending receipt of all outstanding official, final college transcripts.
5. If a student has fewer than 26 semester transfer hours s/he must have an official final high school transcript with graduation date or GED scores and ACT/SAT scores mailed directly to the Admissions Office from the high school or GED testing center. All test scores must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from a state testing center, a state department of education, the American College Test (ACT) or The College Board.

Transfer students will be fully admitted to the university and will be eligible to register for succeeding terms when all requirements have been met and all required documentation has been received.

EARLY ADMISSION OPTIONS

Marshall University offers a variety of early admission options. Students may apply to attend Marshall University on either a full or part-time basis prior to graduating from high school. Students who enroll at Marshall University prior to high school graduation are not eligible to be admitted as freshmen, for financial aid, or on-campus housing. For admission to Marshall as an Early Admission student, applicants must meet the requirements listed below. Students with an exceptional talent in a discipline such as music may request permission to enroll in coursework in that discipline. Complete a High School Application for Early College Credit.

Please note that students who have taken college courses during high school under any of these options and plan to apply for admission to Marshall University must meet all Marshall University admission standards described elsewhere in this catalog.

Sophomore in High School and Below

• Current enrollment in a high school program.
• Completed admission application.
• An ACT / SAT at the 85th percentile or above [ACT Composite Score = 26, SAT = 1170 (CR+M)]. If the ACT or SAT has not been taken, a score at the 90th percentile or higher on another nationally-normed standardized test, such as the PLAN or EXPLORE, that provides evidence of the ability to succeed at the college level.
• High school transcript reflecting a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
• A letter of recommendation from applicant's counselor or principal.
• A letter of recommendation from a teacher who is familiar with the applicant’s academic performance.
• To take English or math courses, a student must have a qualifying ACT or SAT score in the subject area.

Junior or Senior Year in High School

• Current enrollment in a high school program.
• Completed admission application.
• High school transcript reflecting a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
• One letter of recommendation from applicant's counselor or principal.
• To take English or math courses, a student must have a qualifying ACT or SAT score in the subject area.

International Junior or Senior Year Students Taking Online Courses

• Current enrollment in a high school program.
• Completed admission application.
• High school transcript
     • US high school - high school transcript reflecting a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.00 on 4.00 scale
     • Non-US high school - high school transcript in original language along with a certified English translation from the institution reflecting a minimum 3.00 GPA on 4.00 scale; in some cases, high        school transcripts may need to be evaluated by an accepted evaluation agency (please contact the Admissions Office for more information)
• One letter of recommendation from applicant's counselor or principal.
• Proof of English proficiency. If the student is currently attending a school in which the primary language of instruction for all programs is English, the counselor or principal from that high school can certifiy in writing that English is the official language of instruction. For information regarding other options for proving English proficiency, please see the Marshall Univeristy Undergraduate Catalog.
• To take English or math courses, a student must have a qualifying ACT or SAT score in the subject area.

COLLEGE GRADUATES
Application Procedures for College Graduates
Second Baccalaureate Degree:

An applicant who wishes to pursue a second baccalaureate degree after completion of the first degree may earn another baccalaureate degree by:
completing all of the major and minor requirements for the desired degree,
  including the Core Curriculum;
completing a minimum of 30 additional hours after receipt of a baccalaureate
  degree;
meeting the minimum residency requirement of 24 credit hours.

Special Students:

Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree from an accepted, accredited institution but do not wish to pursue a second baccalaureate degree may enroll for undergraduate courses (for prerequisites, certification, etc.) by completing the application for admission and by presenting evidence to the Admissions Office of the receipt of the baccalaureate degree in the form of an official transcript indicating that a degree was awarded.

TRANSIENT (VISITING) STUDENTS
Application Procedures for Transient Students
Students Visiting Marshall University from Other Institutions

Students enrolled in a degree program at another accepted, accredited institution during the previous year who would like to enroll at Marshall for no more than two consecutive semesters (excluding summer terms) can be admitted as transient students. Transient students must submit an application to the Admissions Office for each term in which they wish to enroll and have the registrar at their home college send a letter of good academic standing to the Admissions Office for each term in which they wish to enroll.

Marshall University Students Who Wish to Visit Other Institutions

Current Marshall University students who wish to enroll at another institution must complete the “Approval of Courses to be taken for Advanced Standing” (transient approval) form prior to enrolling in another institution. If a student does not submit this form and attends another institution, s/he will be required to pay the transfer evaluation fee and may be required to reapply as a transfer student. Students who attend another institution for more than two semesters (excluding summer terms) must reapply as transfer students, even if prior transient approval has been granted. This policy does not apply to students enrolled in the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) program. A student who completes an advanced standing (transient approval) form must submit a transcript from the host institution for all semesters s/he attended. If the student did not actually attend the host institution for which approval was granted, that institution must provide documentation stating that the student was never enrolled there. Failure to provide these documents will result in a hold being placed on the student’s record and the student being unable to register for subsequent terms.

Marshall University Students Enrolled in Study Abroad Programs

Students enrolled in Marshall University’s Study Abroad Program must submit the Study Abroad approval form prior to enrolling in another institution. Students enrolled in the Study Abroad Program must meet the same requirements as all Marshall University students who wish to enroll at other institutions.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

Part-time students are those enrolled for fewer than twelve hours a semester. They must meet all requirements relative to the admission category for which they are applying (Freshmen, GED Completers, Home-School/Non-Accredited High School, Early High School Graduates, Transfer, Early Entry, Dual Credit, International, College Graduates, Transient, and Non-Degree) regardless of the number of hours for which they intend to enroll.

NON-DEGREE STUDENTS

A student who is not pursuing any type of degree may enroll as a non-degree student if s/he has been out of high school for more than five years and has no prior college work. A student cannot earn more than 30 total hours while classified as non-degree. Credit taken as a non-degree student may not necessarily transfer into all degree programs. Non-degree students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Students who wish to apply as non-degree seeking must submit a completed application with all appropriate fees. If a non-degree student decides to become degree-seeking, s/he must re-apply as a freshman and provide all required documentation to be considered for admission. Before registering, non-degree students must obtain the permission of the dean of the college in which the course is being offered.

CREDIT OPTIONS
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAMINATION

Marshall University recognizes certain examinations of the College Board Advanced Placement Program. Students who participate in the AP program and wish to have their scores evaluated for credit should have their scores sent to Marshall University by selecting Marshall’s code 5396 on the exam. To be evaluated for credit, official AP score reports must be sent directly to the MU Admissions Office from the College Board. The AP examinations are prepared by the College Board, and the papers are graded by readers of the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. Students cannot receive credit for a score below 3 on any exam. Students who do receive credit will be assigned the grade of CR which is not calculated into the GPA. All AP credit is counted as lower-division credit. See pages 29-31 of our 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog for required scores on specific exams.

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

Marshall University recognizes examinations taken as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Students who participate in the IB Program should have their scores sent directly to Marshall University. Students will not receive credit for a score below 4 on any IB exam. All IB credit is counted as lower-division credit. Please refer to page 31 of our 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog for the IB exams that will be considered for credit at Marshall University. Students will be awarded course equivalencies based on the score they are able to attain on the IB exam. Only Higher Level exams will be considered for credit.

COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) enables students who can demonstrate knowledge and/or proficiency in certain fields to reduce the cost in time and money for pursuing a college education by successfully completing CLEP tests for credit.

Intensive reading in a particular field, on-the-job experience, or adult education may prepare a student to earn college credit through CLEP tests. This would reduce the total amount of coursework needed to complete degree programs. Scores on the test may also validate educational experience obtained at a non-accredited institution or through noncredit college courses. Credit completed through CLEP does not count as a part of the 18- hour limit under the Credit/Non-Credit Option. Credit earned through CLEP exams does not automatically satisfy specific academic requirements. Since colleges and departments have different curriculum requirements and may use the scores in different ways, students should consult first with their department or division chairs or their deans’ offices on how the examinations would be used. Please call (304) 696-2330 for more information or to schedule a CLEP exam.

Please refer to page 31 of our 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog for the CLEP exams that will be considered for credit.

MILITARY EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING CREDIT

Marshall University recognizes and awards college credit for military training and experience as outlined by American Council on Education recommendations. To receive credit, current students must have earned at least 12 semester hours at Marshall University with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. Qualifying veterans should request a copy of their AARTS, SMART or Community College of the Air Force/Air University transcript(s) be mailed directly to the Admissions Office from the issuing agency.

Army Commission Credit

Veterans should contact the Military Science Department if they are interested in receiving credit for military service and applying it toward receiving a commission as an Army officer.

Service Members Opportunity Colleges

Marshall University is an institutional member of Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of over 1500 colleges and universities providing postsecondary education to members of the military throughout the world. As an SOC member, Marshall recognizes the unique nature of the military and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences.

United States Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class

Equivalent credit in Military Science may be awarded for successful completion of the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class. Students who have completed this class may apply at the Marshall University Department of Military Science Office for possible awarding of credit. For additional information on this class, write to: United States Marine Corps, Officer Selection Office, 641 Corporate Drive, Suite 104, Lexington, Kentucky 40503, phone: (606) 223-2446.

WEST VIRGINIA RESIDENCY

Requests for changes in residency status for new students will be evaluated by the Admissions Office provided a completed residency application with all required supporting documentation is submitted by the end of the first week of classes for each new term. Thereafter, all requests for changes in residency status for currently enrolled students will be evaluated by the Registrar.

Title 133
Procedural Rule
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Series 25
Residency Classification for Admission and Fee Purposes

SECTION 1. General

1.1. Scope — Rule regarding residency classification of students for admission and fee purposes.
1.2. Authority — W. Va. Code 18B-1-6, 18B-1-7, and 18B-10.
1.3. Filing Date – July 2, 2002
1.4. Effective Date – August 1, 2002
1.5. Repeal of Former Rule - Repeals and replaces Title 128, Series 34 and Title 131, Series 34

SECTION 2. Classification for Admission and Fee Purposes

2.1. Students enrolling in a West Virginia public institution of higher education shall be assigned a residency status for admission, tuition, and fee purposes by the institutional officer designated by the President. In determining residency classification, the issue is essentially one of domicile. In general, the domicile of a person is that person’s true, fixed, permanent home and place of habitation. The decision shall be based upon information furnished by the student and all other relevant information. The designated officer is authorized to require such written documents, affidavits, verifications, or other evidence as is deemed necessary to establish the domicile of a student. The burden of establishing domicile for admission, tuition, and fee purposes is upon the student.
2.2. If there is a question as to domicile, the matter must be brought to the attention of the designated officer at least two (2) weeks prior to the deadline for the payment of tuition and fees. Any student found to have made a false or misleading statement concerning domicile shall be subject to institutional disciplinary action and will be charged the nonresident fees for each academic term theretofore attended.
2.3. The previous determination of a student’s domiciliary status by one institution is not conclusive or binding when subsequently considered by another institution; however, assuming no change of facts, the prior judgment should be given strong consideration in the interest of consistency. Out-of-state students being assessed resident tuition and fees as a result of a reciprocity agreement may not transfer said reciprocity status to another public institution in West Virginia.

SECTION 3. Residence Determined by Domicile

3.1. Domicile within the state means adoption of the state as the fixed permanent home and involves personal presence within the state with no intent on the part of the applicant or, in the case of a dependent student, the applicant’s parent(s) to return to another state or country. Residing with relatives (other than parent(s)/legal guardian) does not, in and of itself, cause the student to attain domicile in this State for admission or fee payment purposes. West Virginia domicile may be established upon the completion of at least twelve (12) months of continued presence within the state prior to the date of registration: Provided, That such twelve (12) months’ presence is not primarily for the purpose of attendance at any institution of higher education in West Virginia. Establishment of West Virginia domicile with less than twelve (12) months’ presence prior to the date of registration must be supported by evidence of positive and unequivocal action. In determining domicile, institutional officials should give consideration to such factors as the ownership or lease of a permanently occupied home in West Virginia, full-time employment within the state, paying West Virginia property tax, filing West Virginia income tax returns, registering of motor vehicles in West Virginia, possessing a valid West Virginia driver’s license, and marriage to a person already domiciled in West Virginia. Proof of a number of these actions shall be considered only as evidence which may be used in determining whether or not a domicile has been established. Factors militating against the establishment of West Virginia domicile might include such considerations as the student not being self-supporting, being claimed as a dependent on federal or state income tax returns or on the parents’ health insurance policy if the parents reside out of state, receiving financial assistance from state student aid programs in other states, and leaving the state when school is not in session.

SECTION 4. Dependency Status

4.1. A dependent student is one who is listed as a dependent on the federal or state income tax return of his/her parent(s) or legal guardian or who receives major financial support from that person. Such a student maintains the same domicile as that of the parent(s) or legal guardian. In the event the parents are divorced or legally separated, the dependent student takes the domicile of the parent with whom he/she lives or to whom he/she has been assigned by court order. However, a dependent student who enrolls and is properly classified as an in-state student maintains that classification as long as the enrollment is continuous and that student does not attain independence and establish domicile in another state.

4.2. A nonresident student who becomes independent while a student at an institution of higher education in West Virginia does not, by reason of such independence alone, attain domicile in this state for admission or fee payment purposes.

SECTION 5. Change of Residence

5.1. A person who has been classified as an out-of-state student and who seeks resident status in West Virginia must assume the burden of providing conclusive evidence that he/she has established domicile in West Virginia with the intention of making the permanent home in this State. The intent to remain indefinitely in West Virginia is evidenced not only by a person’s statements, but also by that person’s actions. In making a determination regarding a request for change in residency status, the designated institutional officer shall consider those actions referenced in Section 3 of these rules. The change in classification, if deemed to be warranted, shall be effective for the academic term or semester next following the date of the application for reclassification.

SECTION 6. Military

6.1. An individual who is on full-time active military service in another state or a foreign country or an employee of the federal government shall be classified as an in-state student for the purpose of payment of tuition and fees: Provided, That the person established a domicile in West Virginia prior to entrance into federal service, entered the federal service from West Virginia, and has at no time while in federal service claimed or established a domicile in another state. Sworn statements attesting to these conditions may be required. The spouse and dependent children of such individuals shall also be classified as in-state students for tuition and fee purposes.

6.2. Persons assigned to full-time active military service in West Virginia and residing in the state shall be classified as in-state students for tuition and fee purposes. The spouse and dependent children of such individuals shall also be classified as in-state students for tuition and fee purposes.

SECTION 7. Aliens

7.1. An alien who is in the United States on a resident visa or who has filed a petition for naturalization in the naturalization court, and who has established a bona fide domicile in West Virginia as defined in Section 3 of these rules, may be eligible for in-state residency classification: Provided, That person is in the state for purposes other than to attempt to qualify for residency status as a student. Political refugees admitted into the United States for an indefinite period of time and without restriction on the maintenance of a foreign domicile may be eligible for an in-state classification as defined in Section 3 of these rules. Any person holding a student or other temporary visa cannot be classified as an in-state student.

SECTION 8. Former Domicile

8.1. A person who was formerly domiciled in the State of West Virginia and who would have been eligible for an in-state residency classification at the time of his/her departure from the state may be immediately eligible for classification as a West Virginia resident provided such person returns to West Virginia within a one (1) year period of time and satisfies the conditions of Section 3 of these rules, regarding proof of domicile and intent to remain permanently in West Virginia.

SECTION 9. Appeal Process

9.1. Each institution shall establish procedures which provide opportunities for students to appeal residency classification decisions with which they disagree. The decisions of the designated institutional official charged with the determination of residency classification may be appealed in accordance with appropriate procedures established by the president of the institution. At a minimum, such procedures shall provide that:

9.1.1. An institutional committee on residency appeals will be established to receive and act on appeals of residency decisions made by the designated institutional official charged with making residency determinations.

9.1.1.1. The institutional committee on residency shall be comprised of members of the institutional community, including faculty and at least three, in any event, an odd number. The student representative(s) shall be appointed by the president of the institutional student government association while the faculty representative(s) shall be selected by the campus-wide representative faculty organization.

9.1.1.2. The student contesting a residency decision shall be given the opportunity to appear before the institutional committee on residency appeals. If the appellant cannot appear when the committee convenes a meeting, the appellant has the option of allowing committee members to make a decision on the basis of the written materials pertaining to the appeal or waiting until the next committee meeting.

9.1.2. The residency appeal procedures will include provisions for appeal of the decision of the institutional committee on residency appeals to the president of the institution.

9.1.3. Residency appeals shall end at the institutional level.