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North Dakota Resident 
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This residency group charges the student in state tuition. 
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Custodial parent is a ND resident; Student is a legal resident of ND; North Dakota high school graduate; Active duty military/ND National Guard member; Spouse/dependent of active duty military personnel; Spouse/dependent of a NDUS employee; Spouse of a North Dakota resident for tuition purposes; Legal North Dakota resident three of the past six years; Dependent of military member killed in action or disabled veteran .

1. Students must meet one of the following criteria, as outlined in NDUS Procedure 504 Residency for Tuition Purposes: http://www.ndus.edu/makers/procedures/ndus/default.asp?PID=280&SID=57) :
a. A person whose custodial parent, guardian, or parents have been a legal resident of North Dakota for 12 months or a dependent child whose custodial parent moved into the state with the intent to establish legal residency for a period of years within the last twelve months immediately prior to the beginning of the academic term.
i. Examples of forms of verification could include (but are not limited to):
a. Parent’s:
a. ND driver’s license or ND State Identification card
b. Resident hunting/fishing license
c. Motor vehicle registration
d. Voting record
e. Previous year ND state resident tax form if dated 12 months before the start of the term
b. Student noted as a dependent on the parent’s tax return, health insurance, or flex-comp
b. They are 18 years of age or older and have been a legal resident of ND for 12 months immediately prior to the beginning of the academic term.
i. Examples of forms of verification could include (but are not limited to):
a. Student’s:
a. ND driver’s license or ND State Identification card
b. Resident hunting/fishing license
c. Motor vehicle registration
d. Voting record
e. Previous year ND state resident tax form if dated 12 months before the start of the term
c. They graduated from a North Dakota high school. This information is found on the high school transcript.
i. NOTE: Obtaining a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in North Dakota does not satisfy this criteria
ii. Legal residency is not required. Per N.D.C.C. § 15-10-19.1(2)(c), a person who is not a U.S. citizen, including someone who does not have a green card or other visa, qualifies for resident student status if the person is a graduate of a ND high school.
d. They are a benefited employee of or the spouse or dependent of a benefited employee of the North Dakota university system. A confirmed list of institutions which qualify is included on the admission application and includes the following:
Bismarck State College
Dakota College
Dickinson State University
Lake Region State College
Mayville State University
Minot State University
North Dakota State School of Science
North Dakota State University
University of North Dakota
Valley City State University
Williston State College
North Dakota University System


a. NOTE: Legal residency is not required, and residency or citizenship status of the employee does not matter. Even if the student or employee does not have a green card, etc., the student still qualifies for resident tuition under N.D.C.C. § 15-10-19.1(2)(e).
ii. Examples of forms of verification could include (but are not limited to):
a. Employee’s pay stub
b. Verification of employment from Human Resources (employee)
c. Marriage certificate (spouse)
d. Birth certificate (dependent)
e. Student noted as a spouse/dependent on the employee’s tax return, health insurance, or flex-comp
e. They are the spouse of any other person who is a resident for tuition purposes.
i. Examples of forms of verification could include (but are not limited to):
a. Marriage certificate (spouse)
b. Birth certificate (dependent)
c. Student noted as a spouse/dependent on the employee’s tax return, health insurance, or flex-comp
f. The student was a legal resident of North Dakota for at least three consecutive years within six years prior to the beginning of the academic term.
i. Examples of forms of verification could include (but are not limited to):
a. Student’s ND state tax returns
Please review Procedure 504 for additional definitions and guidance: http://www.ndus.nodak.edu/makers/procedures/NDUS/default.asp?PID=280&SID=57
2. International Students
a. Other than the methods listed above, international students who are not refugees must have an Alien Registration Receipt Card (Green Card) proving permanent residency or immigrant status and must meet all other North Dakota residency requirements for tuition purposes.
b. Refugees holding I-94 visas bearing endorsement by the Immigration and Naturalization Service and showing they have been paroled indefinitely, or have been granted indefinite voluntary departure or conditional entry, shall be treated as residents of the United States when applying for North Dakota residency for tuition purposes. In all other respects they must meet the requirements of N.D.C.C. § 15-10-19.1. Time spent in North Dakota prior to being granted I-94 status shall not be counted towards the one year requirement for residency status for in state tuition.  
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