Agenda Item No.

Washburn University Board of Regents







SUBJECT: Residency Policy; Revision





DESCRIPTION: A number of Washburn alumni have suggested that Washburn could gain considerable goodwill, increase out-of-state enrollment and revenue by providing a waiver of non-resident undergraduate tuition for the children of Washburn graduates. The administration has reviewed the proposal and supports a revision to the University's residency policy to grant to children of Washburn graduates resident status for the first six months of attendance. This policy revision demonstrates the University's desire to continue to serve alumni and has the potential to increase legacy enrollments. Additionally, this policy will be useful as the recruitment effort expands to selected urban areas in adjoining states.



The proposed revision to the existing policy is to add, as new paragraph 7, the following:



Persons who are not domiciliary residents of Kansas, but are the dependent children (legal children, stepchildren or wards) of a graduate of Washburn University. For purposes of this policy, a graduate is any person who has earned an associate, bachelors, masters or juris doctorate degree at Washburn University.



(A copy of the existing policy, showing the proposed amendments is attached. That which is to be added is in bold, that which is to be deleted is in italics.)











FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: The financial implications of this policy are positive. It will have a beneficial impact on recruiting and alumni relations, and is an opportunity to increase tuition revenues.





RECOMMENDATION: President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the waiver of non-resident undergraduate tuition for children of graduates of Washburn University.









__________________________ ______________________________

(date) Jerry B. Farley, President



Residency Policy







The Residence Committee shall hear and determine all appeals concerning the status of students as residents or non-residents for tuition purposes as referred. Members of the Residence Committee shall consist of the Vice President for Academic Administration, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of Students. Decisions of the Residence Committee shall not be subject to further administrative review by any officer or board of the University.



The Board of Regents have approved the following exception to the Residency Policy. Where applicable, the following factors will allow payment of resident fees during the designated time frame.



1. Persons who are full-time employees of a state educational institution;



2. Persons who are in active military service;



3. Persons who are domiciliary residents of the state, who were in active military service prior to becoming domiciliary residents of the state, who were present in the state for a period of not less than two years during their tenure in active miliary service, whose domiciliary residence was established in the state within thirty (30) days of discharge or retirement from active military service under honorable conditions, but whose domiciliary residence was not established at least six months prior to the first day of enrollment for the semester in which the students are enrolling;



4. Persons who are not domiciliary residents of the state, who have graduated from a high school in the state of Kansas within six (6) months of enrollment, who are domiciliary residents of the state at the time of graduation from high school or within twelve (12) months prior to graduation from high school, and who are eligible for admission to the University;



5. Persons who are domiciliary residents of the state, who are employed on a full-time basis and whose employment requires at least 1,500 hours of work per year, whose domiciliary residence was not established at least six (6) months prior to the first day of enrollment for the semester in which the students are enrolling;



6. Persons who are residents of selected counties in the state of Missouri who can document a 3.0 or higher grade point average. The high school grade point average will be evaluated for the first-time freshmen and the college grade point average will be evaluated for transfer students who have more than twelve (12) college hours completed. The eligible counties in Missouri are: Andrew, Holt, Buchanan, Platte, Clay, Jackson, Cass and Bates.



7. Persons who are not domiciliary residents of Kansas, but are the dependent children (legal children, stepchildren or wards) of a graduate of Washburn University. For the purposes of this policy a graduate is any person who has earned an associate, bachelors, masters or Juris Doctorate degree at Washburn University.



8. The exception to the payment of out-of-state tuition rates granted in paragraphs 3, 4, 5 and 6 and 7 shall be applicable only for the first six months such person is residing in the state of Kansas. Thereafter, he or she shall be eligible for in-state residence tuition rates only if he/she has established domiciliary residency in the state and can provide the indicia of residency in Kansas.


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