Residency Status
Before completing this application, please read the entire Missouri Department of Higher Education 'Policy on Residency for Fee Purposes' at http://www.dhe.mo.gov/files/policies/studentresidency.pdf

For more information on residency status at MSSU, please contact:

Derek Skaggs
Director of Admissions
MSSU
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
(417)781-6778
toll free: (866)818-6778 OR Fax: (417)659-4429
Email: skaggs-d@mssu.edu

Residency re-classification cannot be retroactive to a previous term.

Military - If you are a member of the military or a dependent of military personnel, we need copies of orders showing the assignment to a US military base within the state or orders showing that your original Home of Record was Missouri.

International Students - If you are a non-citizen of the US, we are unable to change your residency unless you have your permanent resident card (green card) or have been issued a resident number from the Immigration/Naturalization Service or or your Visa status is A, G, or L. (Please note: education may not be government funded) If you have one of these items, proceed to the section below that applies to you for additional documentation that is needed.

*SSN:
 
*First Name:
 
Middle Initial:
 
*Last Name:
 
*I am requesting Missouri Residency for: (select one)
*Year (YYYY):
 
*Email:
 
*Phone:
 
*Permanent Address:
 
*City:
 
*State:
*Zip:
 
*County:
*How long at this address?
 
Please list any other mailing addresses in the previous 24 months:
Address 1:
 
Date:
 
Address 2:
 
Date:
 

*Why do you reside in Missouri and what are your plans after completion of MSSU coursework?
 
*1. Date of Birth - MM/DD/YYYY (if you are under 21, please go on to question 3):
 
2. Do your parents/guardian or spouse claim you as a dependent for tax purposes? (if no, please go to question 4)
3. If your parents/guardian/spouse claim you as a dependent, you may qualify for classification as a Missouri resident IF your parents/guardian/spouse meets either of the following criteria:
If you are unable to select either of the categories above, we are unable to change your residency status at this time.
If you are able to select one of the categories in question 3, we will need the following documentation from your parent/guardian/spouse to be sent to our office:
  • Documentation of residing in Missouri during the past 12 month (copy of lease or purchase agreement needed)
  • A copy of: Missouri Driver's license, Missouri registration for vehicles owned, voter registration card, Missouri property tax receipt, Missouri income tax statements.
  • We will need documentation of retirement OR employment verification (showing date of employment and whether it is full time or part time) OR starting a practice or business OR marriage license.
  • Other documentation that supports your claim.


4. If you are over 21 years of age or a student under twenty-one (21)years of age who through marriage, formal court action or abandonment are their own legal guardian, then you may qualify for classification as a Missouri resident IF you or your spouse (if applicable) meet either of the following criteria:
If you are unable to select either of the categories above, we are unable to change your residency status at this time.
If you are able to select one of the categories in question 4, we will need the following documentation from your parent/guardian/spouse to be sent to our office:
  • Documentation of residing in Missouri during the past 12 months (copy of lease or purchase agreement needed)
  • A copy of: Missouri Driver's license, Missouri registration for vehicles owned, voter registration card, Missouri property tax receipt, Missouri income tax statements.
  • We will need documentation of retirement OR employment verification (showing date of employment and whether it is full time or part time) OR starting a practice or business OR marriage license.
  • Other documentation that supports your claim.


I affirm/attest that the information and documentation I have provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I understand that submitting falsified information could result in my suspension from the University with NO REFUND of fees.
*Full Name:
 
Please submit required documentation before the end of late registration for the term in question to:

Admission Office
Missouri Southern State University
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801