Domicile is an individual’s true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation; it is the place where the individual intends to remain and expects to return to when leaving without establishing a new domicile elsewhere.

Residency for a dependent student is based on the domicile of the student’s parent/guardian.  Residency for an independent student is based on the domicile of the independent student or the student’s spouse.

Domicile May be Proved by:

  1. The filing of Idaho state income tax return covering a period of at least 12 months before the term in which the student proposes to enroll as a resident student and permanent full-time employment (30  hours per week, or 120 hours per month) or the hourly equivalent  in Idaho for a period of at least 12 months before the term in which the student proposes to enroll as a resident student; or
  2. Proving at least five of the following type of criteria for 12 months before the term for which residency is sought:
  • Ownership or leasing of a residence in Idaho;
  • Registration and payment of Idaho taxes or fees, other than sales or income tax;
  • Registration to vote in Idaho;
  • Holding an Idaho driver’s license or ID card;
  • Evidence of abandonment of a previous domicile;
  • Establishment of accounts with Idaho financial institutions;

Other Similar Factors:

  1. Enrollment of dependent children in Idaho elementary or secondary schools
  2. Acceptance of permanent employment in Idaho
  3. Documentation of need to care for relative in Idaho
  4. Utility statements
  5. Employment documentation