Information for Current and Returning Students 

Current and returning undergraduate students (those who have attended MSU for at least one semester) have their residency determined through the Registrar’s Office.  Individuals are encouraged to read the full policy (Montana Residency Policy) established by the Board of Regents to understand the context of residency classification.  Details on specific processes, deadlines, forms, supplemental documentation and guidance on navigating a residency reclassification are provided below.

Residing in Montana primarily as a student will not support a claim for residency for tuition purposes.  Also, owning property in Montana will not solely support a claim for residency for tuition purposes.  Qualifying for residency for tuition purposes at the Montana State University differs from what is normally required to be a “resident” of the State of Montana.  A person may be considered a “resident” of Montana and still be a non-resident for tuition purposes at Montana State University.


Residency Petitions  can be turned into the Registrar's Office during the following Dates: 

Deadlines: *(If deadline falls on a weekend: Petitions are due the following business day) 

  • Spring: Submit residency petitions between November 1st - December 15th 
  • Summer: Submit residency petitions between April 1st - May 1st
  • Fall: Submit residency petitions between June 1st - August 1st 


Board of Regents Policy 


The full residency policy as set by the Montana Univeristy System Board of Regents here.  


Frequently Asked Questions 


Explore some of the most commonly-asked questions about the residency policy and requirements. 


Family Reclassification


Click here to learn more about applying for residency due to family relocation to Montana.

Residency Documentation


Click here to access the Residency Questionnaire and checklist, which walks applicants through all documents needed to be considered eligible for in-state residency.



To make an appointment with the Residency Specialist:

Veronica Jordan
Phone: (406) 994-4161

***All Residency Appointments are done remotely via Web Ex. After the appointment is set-up you will recieve an email the morning of the appointment with information on how to Log-in Online or join by phone. You do not need to be a member of Web-Ex in order to join the meeting. If you have any questions please email me at: [email protected]




“On behalf of OCHE, I am writing to provide guidance on residency determinations in light of the significant impact of COVID-19 on our students and campuses. Normally, an absence of more than 30 days from Montana would give rise to a presumption of non-residency under BOR 940.1.

However, absences that are directly related to the COVID-19 epidemic or result directly from campus actions taken to protect health and safety should generally not count against the 12-month residency period. It is extremely important that students understand they cannot establish residency ties to another state during this period.

This includes but is not limited to obtaining a driver’s license, registering to vote, or registering a vehicle in another state. Campuses should direct students to carefully document all significant residency actions and dates, and the reason for any COVID-19 extended absence from Montana.

Each campus should also document any exceptions that are provided. This information is necessary for OCHE to appropriately certify students applying to professional programs such as WWAMI.”