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Residency Requirements

US citizenship is required from all students to verify their legal presence in the United States, verified by the registrar’s office. SC residency verifies that you are a resident of SC for purposes of paying in-state tuition and fees.

Source of Residency Requirements

Residency requirements are established by the South Carolina Code of Laws and Commission on Higher Education regulations. These requirements apply to all state-supported colleges and universities in South Carolina.

Documents Types to Establish Intent to Become a South Carolina Resident**

  1. Statement of full-time employment;
  2. Designating SC as state of legal residence on military record;
  3. Possession of a valid SC driver’s license, or if a non-driver, a SC identification card. Failure to obtain this within 90 days of the establishment of the intent to become a SC resident will delay the beginning date of residency eligibility;
  4. Possession of a valid SC vehicle registration certificate. Failure to obtain this within 45 days of the establishment of the intent to become a SC resident will delay the beginning date of residency eligibility;
  5. Maintenance of domicile in SC;
  6. Filing SC income taxes as a resident during the past tax year, including income earned outside of SC, from the date SC domicile was claimed;
  7. Ownership of principal residence in SC;
  8. Licensing for professional practice (if applicable) in SC.

**Please note that any single indicator may not be conclusive.