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Residency Forms

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Dependent Students  (see definition)

Independent Students  (see definition)

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Dependent Student - One whose predominant source of income or support is from payments from a parent, spouse, or guardian who claims the dependent person on his or her federal income tax return.  In the case of those individuals who are supported by family members who do not earn enough reportable income for taxation purposes, a dependent person can be defined as one who qualifies as a dependent or exemption on the federal income tax return of the parent, spouse, or guardian.  A dependent person is also one for whom payments are made, under court order, for child support and the cost of the dependent person's college education.  A dependent person's residency is based upon the residency of the person upon whom they are dependent.

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Independent Student - One in his or her majority (eighteen years of age or older) or an emancipated minor, whose predominant source of income is his or her own earnings or income from employment, investments, or payments from trusts, grants, scholarships, commercial loans, or payments made in accordance with court order.  An independent person must provide more than half of his or her support during the twelve months immediately prior to the date that classes begin for the semester for which resident status is requested.  An independent person cannot claim the domicile of another individual as their own for the purposes of establishing intent to become a South Carolina resident.  An independent person must have established his or her own domicile for twelve months prior to receiving Instate tuition and fees.  An independent person cannot be claimed as a dependent or exemption on the federal tax return of his or her parent, spouse, guardian for the year in which resident status is requested.

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