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South Carolina Residency

Applicants for admission and students who are seeking to be classified as a resident of South Carolina must file a petition requesting to be granted in-state status. Residency is determined by the University Residency Officer in the Office of Enrollment Management, according to the Code of Laws of the State.

Procedure and Timelines

Petitions for classification/reclassification are available in PDF format by clicking below.

General information about residency filing deadlines and requirements is available on the first page of the PDF format document which can be found below.

Deadlines to apply for residency for Tuition/Fees purposes:

  • March 1 - Summer Semester
  • July 1 - Fall Semester
  • November 1 - Spring Semester

Items received in the Office of Enrollment Management or postmarked after deadline are guaranteed for review for the following semester only.

General Information and Petition for Classification as a South Carolina Resident
This is a PDF downloadable form. The form also contains more general information.

MUSC Board of Trustees Residency Resolution
Clarifies MUSC policy on granting instate status.

Eligibility for payment of in-state tuition and fees shall be determined under the provisions of Sections 59-112-10 through 59-112-100, South Carolina Code of Laws, 1976, as amended. 
This law is set forth in its entirety as follows (subject to further amendment by the General Assembly).

Questions not answered in these Web links should be addressed to

Office of Enrollment Management
Admissions/Financial Aid/
Registrar and Records
45 Courtenay Dr
MSC 203
Charleston, SC 29425-2030
Fax 843-792-6356



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