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Oklahoma Residency

Download the Petition for Oklahoma Residency (pdf)

Residency Requirements

Preference is given to applicants from Oklahoma. Non-U.S. citizens who do not have a permanent resident visa at the time of application cannot be considered for admission to the D.O. program, but are eligible to apply for CHS Graduate Programs


To qualify for Oklahoma residency, a student must be a lawful resident of the U.S. and meet one of the following two requirements:


  • Non-independent students: A non-independent student must have at least one parent, stepparent, or courtappointed guardian who is an Oklahoma resident. Additionally, this individual must have claimed the student as a dependent on his/her federal income tax return for the previous year.
  • Independent students: An independent student must have lived in Oklahoma, some capacity other than as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution, for a period of least twelve continuous months prior to matriculation. Additionally, the petitioner must establish that he or she is not in the state primarily for educational purposes and intends to establish domicile.

While it is strongly recommended that all petition documentation be submitted before the beginning of the semester, final deadlines for receiving petition documentation for a semester in progress are as follows:


Fall Semester - October 31


Spring Semester - March 31


Summer Semester - June 30


Students must have completed all steps to establish residency prior to the start of the semester for which they are petitioning. In-state reclassification (and associated in-state tuition) is not granted on a retroactive basis. If you are receiving scholarships,

loans, grants or other financial aid, please seek advice from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid on how a reclassification to in-state status may affect your scholarships or aid.


Frequently asked questions about in-state residency

The process of determining your status should take approximately two-three weeks. Petitions submitted without sufficient documentation will delay processing or result in denial. Once a decision is made, or if additional information is needed, you will be notified via your OSU e-mail address or the mailing address provided on your petition form. Should you have any questions or wish to check on the status of your request, please call the Office of the Registrar at 918-561-8459.


Graduate students in forensic sciences, health care administration, biomedical sciences and athletic training should contact the OSU Office of the Registrar in Stillwater at 405-744-6876 for all in-state residency related questions.

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