For information regarding registration, graduation,
MAP Reports, student PIN, and grade and registration policies, and for
a form to request a transcript, see the Registrar’s link on the Murray
State University web site at www.murraystate.edu. Questions may be directed
to the Registrar’s Office at 270-762-3741 or 800-272-4678 (option
2), or in writing at P.O. Box 9, Murray, KY 42071-0009.
Personal Information Network (PIN)
Murray State University provides a secure, on-line Personal
Information Network (PIN) to current students and faculty. The PIN system
provides up-to-date access to students enabling them to view their class
schedules, grade reports, account balances, 1098T tax information, student
loan notices, contact information, personal information (majors, advisors,
residential college, GPA, etc.), and account holds. Students can also use
the PIN to request enrollment verification. This system is in on-going
development, so other features will be added. It is the student's responsibility
to check their PIN account regularly and to keep all contact information
current. More information can be found on the Registrar's website or by
clicking the PIN logo on the www.murraystate.edu home page.
Registration at Murray State is handled through an on-line
computerized process that may be accessed by eligible students via RACER-TOUCH,
a Touch-Tone telephone system, at 270-762-3500. Instructions and a trial
schedule form are printed in the Schedule of Classes each term. Questions
may be directed to the Registration Office at 270-762-3776.
Students who have been enrolled at Murray State in at
least one regular term within the 10 months preceding registration will
be in the active registration file. All other students must file
a formal application for readmission to determine their registration status.
Refer to the section on readmission which appeared earlier in Chapter 2.
Scheduling is handled via RACER-TOUCH. Refer to the university
calendar in the official Schedule of Classes or Murray State’s website
for exact dates, times and places. Before a student may schedule, he or
she must have consulted an academic advisor about his or her proposed class
schedule. Freshmen have a block on their registration access that can only
be removed by their academic advisors. Students in the Honors Program and
athletes are required to have an additional approval from the appropriate
Students should check their PIN to view all current holds.
These holds must be cleared prior to scheduling classes or enrolling. Financial
aid cannot be applied to accounts of students who have certain holds. Students
with the following situations will not be permitted to register until the
related issue has been resolved: a student classified as a senior who is
completing a major and has not officially declared a second major or a
minor; a student classified as a junior who is listed with an “undeclared”
major; any student on probation or warning who has not been counseled for
advising; any student with an incomplete admission file, on academic suspension,
or one who has any indebtedness to the university; and any student who
has completed a degree and has not been admitted to a new program or status.
As a part of the Freshman Year Experience, new freshmen
have an opportunity to pre-schedule for the fall term but only at a specified
summer orientation session. Other admissions who wish to take advantage
of the initial period of pre-scheduling must be admitted by the March deadline
for summer and fall terms, and the October deadline for the spring term.
Others may pre-schedule after they are admitted. Reference should be made
to the official university calendar for the initial pre-scheduling dates
for currently enrolled students. Those who must register late should follow
the instructions printed in the official Schedule of Classes (an edition
of the Bulletin published three times a year under separate cover). Specific
scheduling times are assigned during initial pre-scheduling. Assignments
are based on the number of semester hours earned that are on file at Murray
State at the time scheduling takes place. In-progress courses do not count.
Students classified as “graduate” or “post-baccalaureate” may schedule
or register at any time listed in the class schedule, except for times
reserved for freshmen only. Students classified as “visiting,” “special,”
or “non-degree” must schedule at the times indicated for freshmen. Before
a student is considered registered, he/she must be properly enrolled in
class and have made payment of required fees. A student who attends a class
without being properly enrolled will not receive credit.
Major and Advisor Assignments
Although the student advising program at Murray State
University is specifically designed to assist students as they progress
through a degree program, it is the responsibility of all students to be
thoroughly familiar with the university’s catalogs, student handbook and
all rules, regulations and requirements that apply to their programs of
study, and decisions made in connection therewith are the sole responsibility
of the student.
Each student is initially assigned an academic advisor
based upon the major indicated by the student on his or her application
for admission. Students who have not declared a specific major are assigned
to the Center for Academic Advising. After enrolling, a student may apply
for a change of area, major, advisor or degree objective by filling out
an undergraduate change of major/advisor form, which may be obtained from
any department. To have a major changed, the student must be eligible for
the degree level and major selected. If approved, the student’s advising
file will be transferred from the former department, a faculty member in
the department of the new major will be assigned as his/her advisor, the
Registrar’s Office will be notified of the change, and all computer files
will be updated. Since advising materials and reports are sent to the department
of a student’s declared major, it is very important that this information
be kept current. Current information about a student's area or major and
minor can be found on the PIN website.
Students must declare a major or area program of study
by the beginning of their fifth full-time semester and/or no later than
the beginning of their Junior year (60 semester hours of credit). An undergraduate
student who has a major program (as opposed to an area) must also declare
a second major or a minor no later than the beginning of the student’s
senior year (90 semester hours of credit). The completion of a second major
does not constitute a second degree. This policy is applicable to all students
pursuing bachelor’s degrees, including transfer students. Students may
change their majors and areas after their initial declarations but need
to be sure to discuss their course history with their prospective departments.
Students who are on file as undeclared with a Junior classification may
not be allowed to register without permission from the Registrar’s Office.
Students are expected to confer frequently with their
advisors and plan academic programs prior to the actual time for scheduling
of classes each semester.
MSU Academic Progress (MAP) Report
The MSU Academic Progress (MAP) Report is available to
undergraduate associate and baccalaureate students to clarify the steps
and courses needed to achieve a degree. This report incorporates the requirements
found in this Bulletin, and presents updated information as courses and
requirements change after the Bulletin is published.
The MAP reports are prepared for individual students
and use file information and transcript courses to monitor a student’s
progress toward any specific degree program. MAP reports will be distributed
each semester prior to pre-scheduling to provide students with a current
statement of remaining requirements for graduation. They are powerful advising
tools which are also available on request as students wish to explore the
requirements needed should they change degree objectives or add or delete
areas, majors, minors, or teacher education.
MAP reports should be used in conjunction with information
from the student’s advisor and the Undergraduate Bulletin to insure that
all graduation requirements are being met. It is the student’s responsibility
to verify that all requirements have been completed and to question any
information that they do not understand.
Credit by Examination
NOTE: Procedures, fees and minimum scores cited
in all sections that refer to testing credit are subject to change. Contact
the Registrar’s Office for the most recent information.
For students enrolled at Murray State, undergraduate
residence credit may be earned through the Advanced Placement Program (APP),
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and challenge examinations developed
by the academic departments. A listing of tests that Murray State accepts
for credit is available from the Counseling and Testing Center, Ordway
Hall. Graduate students may not obtain graduate credit through testing.
To receive credit by examination a student must be currently enrolled at
Murray State. The credit hours earned through these examinations will count
toward graduation, but will not be used to compute grade point averages
since a letter grade will not be given. Although a student may receive
credit hours through any of these programs, duplicate credit may not be
earned. For example, a student who earns credit for ENG 101 through APP
may not receive additional credit for an ENG 101 class or the CLEP general
or subject exam. Students currently enrolled at Murray State must have
written permission prior to taking any tests for credit. Permission forms
may be obtained from Counseling and Testing, Ordway Hall. Credit by examination
may not be used as a repeat of a course taken earlier.
Credit awarded by Murray State for APP, CLEP, or departmental
challenge examination is counted as residence credit.
Advanced Placement Program (APP)
This is a program offered in cooperation with Educational
Testing Service and various high schools. Students will generally complete
their APP tests while in high school. Murray State University encourages
but does not require students to complete a particular APP course prior
to taking the examination in that area. Generally, a score of 3 is the
minimum required for credit and in some cases a score of 4 or 5 will yield
additional credit. A listing is available at our website www.murraystate.edu
(Admissions/Registrar•Admissions). A student must be enrolled at
Murray State to receive credit based on satisfactory APP scores. APP credit
may not be used as a repeat of a course taken earlier.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
This program provides an opportunity to earn credit for
previous education or life and career experiences. The CLEP tests may be
taken prior to enrollment or during one’s university career. However, after
enrolling at Murray State a student must apply for permission to take the
CLEP. A score of 50 on a general exam is required for passing, with the
exception of English composition which requires a score of 42 and a locally
scored essay. Credit for English composition is based on a combination
of the student’s CLEP score and essay, as evaluated by Murray State’s English
CLEP Subject Exam. Minimum score requirements vary depending
on the exam. A list of exams and minimum score requirements is available
from Murray State Counseling and Testing Center or at the www.murraystate.edu
web site. The CLEP tests are administered on the Murray State campus by
the Counseling and Testing Center. Credit earned through successful completion
of the CLEP general examination may be used toward fulfilling Murray State’s
University Studies requirements. A student must be enrolled at Murray State
to receive credit based on satisfactory CLEP scores. A CLEP test may be
repeated with permission. A minimum of 6 months must elapse between retakes
of the same test. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that retake
attempts meet this requisite. CLEP credit may not be used as a repeat of
a course taken earlier.
Departmental Challenge Examinations
A student must be currently enrolled at Murray State
University to take a departmental challenge examination. All applications
for departmental challenge examinations must be approved by the student’s
advisor, the chairman of the department offering the course and the dean
of the college in which the student is enrolled. All costs connected with
a particular examination must be met by the student prior to the testing
date. A $5 per credit hour fee is assessed for each course. A department
may adopt a standardized examination available from outside the university
or develop a departmental proficiency examination which may be oral, written
or both. Students desiring to receive credit by departmental challenge
must initiate the procedure through the Registrar’s Office. Applications
for such credit in a particular course may be initiated only once. Departmental
challenge credit may not be used as a repeat of a course taken earlier.
A grade received in a regular course may not be changed by departmental
Credit by Kentucky Instructional Results Information System
(KIRIS) Portfolio Performance Level
Students who have an eleventh-grade or twelfth-grade
writing portfolio with a Kentucky Instructional Results Information System
(KIRIS) performance level of “Distinguished” or "Proficient" may receive
credit in English 101 (Composition) and eligibility to enroll in English
104 (Honors Composition and Research) in lieu of the standard University
Studies composition requirements. Students desiring to be assessed for
such credit and placement must initiate the procedure and certify the KIRIS
performance level through Admissions Services, Sparks Hall, and schedule
to write an essay with Counseling and Testing, Ordway Hall. Credit is based
on assessment of the essay and if awarded is counted as residence credit.
A student must be enrolled and pay a $15 processing fee before credit will
Undergraduate students having fewer than 30 semester
hours of earned credit are classified as freshmen; students having 30 to
59.9 semester hours of earned credit are classified as sophomores; students
having 60 to 89.9 semester hours of earned credit are classified as juniors;
and students who have a minimum of 90 semester hours of earned credit are
classified as seniors.
Other classifications used are “post-baccalaureate,” for
students who are doing undergraduate work after receiving a baccalaureate
or higher level degree; “special,” for students taking classes while enrolled
in high school; “visiting,” for students seeking a degree at another institution
who enroll at Murray State for the transfer of credit; “non-degree,” for
students who are not seeking a degree; and “graduate,” for students working
on an advanced degree. Students desiring graduate credit for 500-level
courses must be admitted to graduate status prior to scheduling the 500-level
course. All students must comply with University policies, regardless of
Change of Schedule
NOTE: Dropping below full-time status may affect
total fees, benefits, insurance, financial aid, athletic eligibility, etc.
It is the student’s responsibility to comply with all such policies.
Any schedule changes must be approved by the student’s
advisor. Additional signatures are required for athletes, students in the
Honors Program and those who wish to audit a class. Changes may be made
by the drop/add procedure. For changes that do not require special approval,
the student should call RACER-TOUCH at 270-762-3500 during the published
drop/add periods. Forms for changes that require special permission should
be taken to the Registration Office. Any additional tuition or course fees
may be paid or charged to an acceptable credit card via RACER-TOUCH or
in the cashier’s office on the second floor of Sparks Hall. Changing a
course from CREDIT to AUDIT may not be done via RACER-TOUCH. Using the
audit permission form available in the class schedule or from the Registrar's
Office, obtain the required signature of the instructor of each course
being audited, and take the form to the Registration Office in Sparks Hall.
Dropping a class before the end of the first drop period
will eliminate the course from the student’s permanent record. For classes
dropped during the second drop period, the student will receive a grade
of withdrawn (W). Consult the current university calendar for dates and
deadlines. (Note: WP/WE option for dropped courses was discontinued
fall 1991, and is only used for assigning grades to students who officially
withdraw from school after the period of time during which W’s are assigned
but on or before the deadline for withdrawing.)
Auditing of Courses
An auditor is one who enrolls and participates in a course
without expecting to receive academic credit. A student may not schedule
for audit via RACER-TOUCH, since the permission and signature of the instructor
are required. The audit permission form available in the Schedule of Classes
should be used. The semester hours of an audited class count toward full-time
status at Murray State; however, audited courses do not have credit or
apply to any degree or certificate programs and do not figure in completion
hours required for NCAA or financial aid. Tuition and course fees are the
same for credit and audit courses. Courses that were audited may be taken
for credit in a later term.
Regular class attendance is expected of an auditor. Students
interested in auditing a course must secure written permission from the
instructor and discuss course requirements prior to enrolling. Failure
to meet course requirements may result in the auditor’s receiving a failing
grade at the request of the instructor. A successful audit will be recorded
on the transcript with the designation AU.
Any change from audit to credit must be done by the last
day to add a class. A change from credit to audit must be done by the last
day to drop a course with a W, and requires the permission of the instructor
of the course. Refunds for withdrawals from audited courses will be prorated
on the same basis as refunds for withdrawals from courses taken for credit.
Withdrawal from School
Students dropping all classes must contact the Registrar’s
Office for proper withdrawal procedures. Students who do not process official
withdrawal forms will receive failing grades in all of their courses. Withdrawal
must be completed no later than one week prior to the end of scheduled
classes. A withdrawal date only, or a withdrawal date with W, WP or WE
grades will be recorded on the student’s permanent record in accordance
with the dates published in the official Schedule of Classes. Refund policies
are published each semester in the official Schedule of Fees. The WE grade
calculates in the grade point average as a failing grade. Grades of W and
WP have no GPA effect.
Students who fail to meet their obligations to Murray
State University, either financial or administrative, will be administratively
withdrawn from the university and lose all credit being attempted. This
includes students who withhold of falsify information or documents during
the admission process. Withdrawal of any type does not remove the student’s
financial obligation to the university.
Audited and developmental classes are included when determining
the total hours in a student’s course load. The minimum full-time undergraduate
course load is 12 semester hours. The normal load is 16 hours. Students
admitted with conditions or admitted with restrictions, and those who are
on academic warning or academic probation are restricted to 16 hours. Since
the maximum load without special approval for other undergraduate students
is 19 semester hours, it is not possible to schedule for more than 19 hours
via RACER-TOUCH. Students who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic
ability or who are enrolled in curricula requiring more than 128 semester
hours for graduation may be permitted to carry increased loads. If an exception
is to be made in any individual instance, the undergraduate student must
have an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 or at least 3.00 for
the previous semester. A letter of approval signed by the student’s collegiate
dean must be taken to the Registration Office, Sparks Hall. Under no circumstances
may an undergraduate student enroll in more than 22 semester hours without
approval from the student’s collegiate dean and the vice president for
A student enrolled concurrently at Murray State and another
collegiate institution may not enroll in a combined course load that exceeds
the applicable Murray State student load regulation.
For information concerning the maximum load for summer
session, contact the Registrar's Office, Sparks Hall.
Freshman and sophomore students may take 300-level or
400-level courses with the approval of the chair of the department in which
the course is offered. Sophomores who will be juniors before a 500-level
course begins may schedule for the course, with the understanding that
courses will be removed from the schedule if junior status is not attained
before the course begins. Only those who are classified as graduate students
may take 600-level or 700-level courses.
The numbers used to identify courses are as follows:
001-089 special category post secondary courses
090-299 lower division undergraduate courses
300-499 upper division undergraduate courses
500-599 upper division undergraduate courses,
or graduate courses (requires at least a junior
classification; students desiring
graduate credit must be admitted to graduate studies
prior to registering for a 500-level course)
600-799 graduate courses
The official university academic calendar is published
in detail in the Schedule of Classes. An abbreviated calendar listing dates
of particular interest may be found in this edition of the Bulletin. Current
university calendars are also available on the murraystate.edu website.
Course and Policy Changes
The university reserves the right to cancel any course
for which there is insufficient enrollment and to make any other policy
changes or adjustments in the Bulletin which are deemed necessary.
All students who enter Murray State University must enroll
in the appropriate composition course and remain enrolled continuously
until the composition sequence or the equivalent is complete. Students
are placed in composition courses on the basis of credits earned or the
English subscore of the ACT examination. Students with an ACT English score
below 18 are required to take ENG 100, Basic Writing. Students with an
ACT English score of 30 or above may enroll in ENG 104, Honors Composition
and Research, a three-credit course which may replace ENG 101 and 102.
After enrolling, a student who has an ACT English standard score of 27
or above may contact the Counseling and Testing Center to schedule a time
to write an essay that will be assessed by the Department of English for
possible ENG 101 credit. Composition credit may also be earned through
the Advanced Placement Program. A score of 3 on the APP will give the student
credit for ENG 101; a score of 4 on the APP will give the student credit
for ENG 101 and allow the student to enroll in ENG 104. A score of 5 will
give the student credit for both ENG 101 and 102. A student who submits
a CLEP English general exam score of at least 42 or an English subject
exam score of at least 50 may be considered for composition credit by writing
an essay for evaluation by the Department of English. Based on the essay
and the CLEP general exam results, the student may receive no credit, or
ENG 101 credit. Based on the CLEP subject exam and the essay, the student
may receive no credit, or ENG 101 credit. A student who has an eleventh-grade
or twelfth-grade writing portfolio with a KIRIS performance level of “Distinguished”
or "Proficient" may write an essay to be assessed for possible credit in
ENG 101 and eligibility to enroll in ENG 104. All other students will enroll
in ENG 101 until they have earned credit and immediately thereafter enroll
in ENG 102 until they have earned credit. A $15 fee is accessed to students
receiving ENG 101 credit based on ACT or KIRIS scoring.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),
more commonly referred to as the Buckley Amendment, addresses the right
of access to educational records. With proper identification, enrolled
students have the right to view their educational records. A request for
amendment may be made. A request for a hearing about any unresolved issues
should be made to the registrar.
A parent who claimed a student on the previous year’s
tax returns may request permission to view a student’s educational records
if the parent produces a copy of the previous year’s return and sufficient
Educational records at Murray State University may be
viewed by university officials with an appropriate need to know, as deemed
appropriate by the registrar, and in compliance with FERPA. For this
purpose, university officials are defined as the university attorney, all
administrators, faculty, staff and student workers in administrative or
Copies of FERPA and the university’s policy on access
are available for viewing in the Registrar’s Office, first floor of Sparks
Hall or on the Registrar's webpage.
Directory Information. Murray State University considers
the following information to be “directory information” as defined in the
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act as amended, and to be available
for public release unless the student has indicated that any or all of
the items are not to be released: name, addresses (including e-mail),
telephone numbers, date of birth, place of birth, fields of study, participation
in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members
of athletic teams, degrees and awards received, classification, full/part-time
status, dates of attendance, and most recent previous educational institution
attended. An enrolled student may register an objection to the release
of this information by coming to the Registrar’s Office during the first
five days of classes and signing a form indicating the items to be withheld.
This form must be completed each semester during which an enrolled student
wishes that information to be withheld.
If a student requests information withheld during a term
and does not return to Murray State after that term, that request remains
in force until such time as a formal written statement removing that hold
is received from the student.
Name and Address Change. Any student who changes name,
social security number, or address is expected to notify the Registrar’s
Office and provide requested documentation. The student will be held responsible
for any communication from any university office sent to the address last
given and may not claim indulgence on the plea of having changed lodgings
or name and therefore of not having received the communication. A student
can check address and contact information on their PIN account. Change
forms are available on the first floor offices of Sparks Hall and at www.murraystate.edu
on the Registrar's webpage. The information from a student’s initial admission
application to the university will remain on the student’s transcript with
any changes added to the permanent record when the required legal documents
are presented to the Registrar’s Office. Contact the Registrar’s Office
for specifics on required documentation. Changing an address does not change
residency for tuition purposes.
For 2003-2004, a commuting Kentucky resident can expect
expenses of $3,836 a year for tuition, fees, books and supplies.
For 2003-2004, a Kentucky student living in a campus residential
college can expect expenses of about $8,364 a year, while an out-of-state
student living on campus can expect expenses to be about $14,252 a year
for tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies. Personal expenses and
travel have been excluded from this figure. Fees and expenses can change
without prior notice, and room and board costs can vary somewhat depending
on the meal schedule and type of room selected.
Extensive financial aid is available. Packages of aid
may include scholarships, grants, loans and work opportunities for those
who qualify. Financial aid applications (January of each year) and scholarship
applications (November of each year) are available from high school guidance
counselors or the MSU School Relations Office.
All fees including applicable room and board must be paid
by noon on the due date shown on the semester billing state
ment. Please refer to the Murray State University Billing
Guide and Schedule of Fees , available in the Bursar's Office or on-line
at www.murraystate.edu for payment information. Students who do not make
payment of required fees are not registered students.
All fees are subject to change without notice by action
of the Board of Regents of Murray State University. All accounts owed by
a student to the university must be paid in full before the student is
entitled to receive a transcript or record of grades or to have a degree
conferred; to select classes during advance scheduling; or to enroll for
Registration Fees Per Semester
2003-2004 — Full-Time Fall or Spring Semester Students*
*Undergraduates taking 12 or more hours and graduate students
taking nine or more hours a fall or spring semester (excluding Web/KYVU
courses). Amounts include tuition, mandatory fees and Wellness Center fee.
undergraduate = $1,718.00
graduate = $1,801.50
undergraduate = $4,662.00
graduate = $5,035.50
2003-2004 — Part-Time Fall/Spring/Summer Students*
*All summer students and undergraduates taking fewer than
12 hours and graduate students taking fewer than nine hours a semester.
Amounts include tuition, mandatory fees and Wellness Center fee.
undergraduate = $143.50/hour
graduate = $200.50/hour
undergraduate = $388.50/hour
graduate = $559.50/hour
2003-2004 — Web/KYVU Course Tuition and Fees*
(Web/KYVU course tuition and fee are separate and in
addition to REGULAR tuition and fees. There is no limit on Web/KYVU course
tuition and fees charged.)
*Amounts include tuition, mandatory fee and Wellness Center
|Kentucky Residents and Non-Residents
undergraduates = $180.50/hour
graduates = $254.50/hour
As of the fall term of 1990 the Commonwealth of Kentucky
and the state of Tennessee began a reciprocity agreement that allows students
from selected counties in both states to attend designated colleges at
in-state tuition rates. The counties affected for Murray State University
are the Tennessee counties of Henry, Obion, Stewart and Weakley.
The following guidelines will be observed by Murray State
for reciprocity students who reside in the counties listed above:
1. Reciprocity students will be charged Murray State’s
in-state tuition rate.
2. Applicants from the counties listed above will be
required to meet the same admission standards as resident students.
3. Housing and meal plan requirements are the same for
reciprocity students and in-state students. Reciprocity students may commute
from their permanent domiciles. Refer to housing and meal plan requirements
listed in this catalog.
4. Under this agreement both full-time and part-time
students qualify for in-state tuition.
5. Any student from the above counties, who is eligible
to enroll at Murray State University, is eligible to receive the in-state
tuition rate and to continue at that rate as long as the reciprocity agreement
is in effect.
Montgomery County, Tennessee. Students from Montgomery
County, Tennessee, are eligible for Murray State's in-state tuition rate.
Newly admitted students from Alabama counties of Jefferson,
Madison and Montgomery and Georgia counties of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton
who are degree seeking, enrolled full time, and living on campus are eligible
to receive an Incentive Grant for each fall or spring term. The value
of this grant is $1,375 for each term.
A full-time continuing student who is pursuing an initial
degree at Murray State, and who is from one of the selected counties in
AL, GA, IL, IN, MO and TN may be eligible for an Incentive Grant if that
student lives on campus and meets the required GPA in May of each year.
Undergraduates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30; graduate students
must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. The value of the Incentive
Grant is determined by the student’s initial term of enrollment at Murray
State, as follows: if Spring 1999 or before, $1,000 each fall or
spring; if Summer 1999, Fall 1999 or Spring 2000, $1,250 each fall or spring;
if Summer 2000, Fall 2000 or Spring 2001, $1,375 each fall or spring.
A student who is eligible for both the Incentive Grant and the Alumni Family
Grant will only receive the Alumni Family Grant. A student who is
eligible for a conditional in-state tuition rate (graduate assistants,
co-op students, etc.) will not receive an Incentive Grant. A student who
has lost eligibility for the Incentive Grant should contact the Registrar’s
Office for the requirements and procedures for reinstatement. A student
cannot regain eligibility on the basis of grades earned during the fall
term or a summer term that does not end before classes begin in August.
NOTE: The out-of-state tuition rate will appear
on the student’s bill. The Incentive Grant credit is applied for
those who are eligible, along with a housing charge.
2003-2004 Continuing Incentive Grant Full-Time
Undergraduate per semester (must pay university
to Fall 1999
Fall 1999-Spring 2000
Fall 2000 - Spring 2001
Graduate per semester
to Fall 1999
Fall 1999-Spring 2000
Fall 2000 - Spring 2001
Regional Tuition Discount
Residents of counties in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri,
and Tennessee (other than Henry, Montgomery, Obion, Stewart and Weakley)
will be charged out-of-state tuition. A tuition discount will be
credited for the difference between Murray State University’s out-of-state
tuition and the average in-state rate for Eastern Illinois University,
Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois
University – Carbondale, University of Illinois-Champaign and Western Illinois
University for Illinois; Ball State University, Indiana State University,
and University of Indiana-Purdue for Indiana; Northwest Missouri State
University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southwest Missouri State,
Truman State University and University of Missouri-Columbia for Missouri;
and Austin Peay State University, Eastern Tennessee State University, Middle
Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville and University
of Tennessee-Martin for Tennessee, based on the student’s official state
of residency on record with MSU's Registrar's Office.
To receive the Regional Tuition Discount, new undergraduate
students must be eligible for admission, enroll full-time and pay for university
housing. Graduate students do not have to be full-time nor pay for university
Previously enrolled students who received Incentive Grants
will come under the Regional Tuition policy if they have a one year absence
from Murray State University. The same is true for students receiving Incentive
Grants who are later admitted as post-baccalaureate or graduate students.
Summer session rates. Tuition is assessed on a per credit
hour basis at the same rate listed for part-time students.
Summer Regional Tuition Rates for graduate and undergraduate
students will be based on their state’s respective institution rates and
do not require students to live on-campus during the summer.
Alumni Family Grant
Undergraduate students who pay out-of-state tuition,
and are children or grandchildren of Murray State alumni who received baccalaureate
or graduate degrees from Murray State, are eligible to receive a reduction
in tuition each fall or spring term under the following guidelines:
1. the student has not completed a baccalaureate degree;
2. the student enrolls for and maintains a full-time
3. the student follows university housing requirements;
4. the student maintains a 2.00 cumulative GPA.
The value of the Alumni Family Grant for eligible
out-of state students is determined by the student’s initial term of enrollment
at Murray state, as follows: if Spring 1999 or before, $1,000 each
fall or spring; if Summer 1999, Fall 1999 or Spring 2000, $1,250 each fall
or spring; if Summer 2000, Fall 2000 or Spring 2001, $1,375 each fall or
spring; if Summer 2001 or later and the student is from IL, IN, MO or counties
in TN other than Henry, Obion, Montgomery, Stewart and Weakley, the value
is the same as Regional Tuition (see above); if Summer 2001 or later and
the student is from any state other than IL, IN, MO or TN, $1,375 each
fall or spring term. A student who is eligible for both the Incentive
Grant and the Alumni Family Grant will only receive the Alumni Family Grant.
A student who is eligible for a conditional in-state tuition rate (co-op
students, etc.) will not receive an Alumni Family Grant.
NOTE: The out-of-state tuition rate will
appear on the student’s bill. Alumni Family Grant credit is applied for
those who are eligible, along with a housing charge, if applicable.
Freshman and sophomore students are required to live
in university housing. Exceptions are made for students living at home,
married students, students over 21 years of age, and veterans. Students
seeking exceptions must contact the director of housing. All undergraduate
students receiving Incentive Grants or Regional Tuition Rates are required
to live in university housing. The charges for university housing are as
Double room $1,087 per semester
Private room $1,739 per semester
2003-2004—College Courts Housing
One-bedroom facility $423 per month
Two-bedroom facility $487 per month
Any student who is a dependent child (23 years of age
or younger) of a current MSU faculty or staff member may apply for discounted
room rate (current room rate less $100). Documentation must be provided
Freshman and sophomore students living in the residential
colleges must participate in a meal program. Freshman and sophomore students
may purchase the Racer or Thoroughbred 7, 10, 15 or the full 19 meals per
week. Junior and senior students may choose from any of the Racer and Thoroughbred
plans. There are 19 meals per week served on campus starting Monday breakfast
through Sunday dinner. A student may eat only three meals per day except
on Saturday and Sunday when only two meals per day are served. Students
who select one of the Racer Plans will have their choice of meals each
week not to exceed the maximum number of meals per week purchased. Students
who select one of the Thoroughbred plans will have their choice of 0-19
meals per week until their maximum number of meals purchased is consumed.
(A maximum of three meals per day is available with this option.)
Freshman and sophomore students may use declining balance
in addition to their required meal plan purchase.
(meals per week)
(meals per semester)
|1 meal $100
||16 meals $100
|2 meals $201
||32 meals $201
|3 meals $301
||48 meals $301
|4 meals $402
||64 meals $402
|5 meals $507
||80 meals $507
|6 meals $602
||96 meals $602
|7 meals $702
||112 meals $717
|8 meals $803
||128 meals $803
|9 meals $902
||144 meals $902
|10 meals $982
||160 meals $997
|15 meals $1103
||240 meals $1118
|19 meals $1177
Students may elect to deposit money on the declining
balance section on their ID card. These funds then can be used to purchase
items in all food service locations as well as the University Store. Deposits
for declining balance must be made in the Cashier’s Office on the second
floor of Sparks Hall.
Other Fees for 2003-2004
| BIS administration fee
BIS portfolio (each time)
Cooperative education (per credit hour)
[in-state and out-of-state]
Correspondence course (per credit hour)
Deferred degree fee (new diploma)
Departmental challenge exam (per credit hour)
Duplicate Racer Card ID
GED test (initial)
GED retake (per test)
Greek exemption fee
Housing Deposit - Residential Colleges
Housing lock change
Housing - Ten Month Contract
International Student Workshop Fee
Late registration fee
Learning-Disabled Students Individual Tutoring
1 hour per week for 15 weeks
Master's Thesis Binding Fee (per copy)
Miller Analogies Test
National Student Exchange application fee
Official transcript - mailed/on demand
Racer Card fee (one time)
Recreational ID per semester
[spouse and dependent children of
students, faculty and staff]
Residential college activity fee (full year)
Residential college activity fee (spring only)
Rodeo Stall Rental (per semester)
Rodeo Stall Deposit (refundable)
Service charge on returned checks
Summer Orientation fee - student/parent
Vehicle parking permit:
Annual, fall and/or spring
MONTHLY SERVICE CHARGE ON MSU PAYMENT PLAN: .65%
Certain academic courses such as private lessons, utilization
of special facilities, directed experiences, etc., require an additional
fee. For more information, a complete schedule of fees may be obtained
from the Registrar’s Office, Murray State University, PO Box 9, Murray
Payments are due by noon on the due date shown on the
semester billing statement (see below). Payments may be made by mail, by
phone using RACER-TOUCH at 270-762-3500, or in person at the Cashier’s
Office, second floor lobby, Sparks Hall. Cash, credit cards (American Express,
Discover, MasterCard, VISA) and checks are acceptable methods of payment.
Payment options. Payment arrangements with appropriate
payment must be made with the Office of the Bursar when parents and/or
students are unable to make payment in full from personal funds by noon
on the due date shown on the semester billing statement. Accounts with
a balance of $100 or less are due in full.
Acceptable payment arrangements consist of the following:
• Payment of all fees in full by noon on the due date
shown on the semester billing statement.
• Enrollment in the Murray State University Payment Plan
(MSUPP) with appropriate payment. Note: All financial aid and third-party
recipients are required to enroll in the MSUPP. Acceptable third-party
agencies are foreign embassies, vocational rehabilitation, Kentucky state
agency, VA, Department of Labor, Fort Campbell, TAA, Upward Bound and company
Late registration fees. The late registration period begins
approximately 14 calendar days prior to the first day of classes. (See
the official university calendar in the Schedule of Classes or at www.murraystate.edu
for exact dates.) All current or returning students registering for
the semester for the first time during the late registration period will
be assessed a $25 late registration fee. Failure to make payments by the
due date shown on the student’s billing statement will cause the student’s
class schedule to be dropped (purged) from the computer system. Students
who elect to reschedule after their original schedules have been officially
purged will be assessed the $25 late registration fee. New students will
not be assessed a late registration fee during the first term they enroll
Refunds will be made in accordance with the university’s
official Schedule of Fees, available from the Bursar's Office, the Registrar's
Office or at www.murraystate.edu. Any questions concerning a refund should
be directed to the Bursar's Office.
Withdrawal. A student who completes official withdrawal
(written clearance through the Registrar’s and Bursar’s offices constitutes
completion) or is dismissed will receive a refund of tuition, fees, room
and board in accordance with the official Schedule of Fees. Students residing
in Murray State University residential colleges will receive refunds only
in the event of withdrawal from school, dismissal or marriage. Students
seeking to withdraw from school cannot use RACER-TOUCH to complete the
process. The required form is available in the Registrar's Office. Call
270-762-3776 or email email@example.com for more information.
Drop. A student who completes the drop process through
RACER-TOUCH will receive a refund of tuition and/or course fees if the
student (1) drops below full-time, (2) is part-time and drops a class or
classes, or (3) is full-time and drops a class with refundable course fees.
A student who drops a meal plan will receive a refund. Both types of refunds
will be in accordance with official session dates given in the Schedule
of Fees or at www.murraystate.edu.
Students should check their PIN account every time they
use RACER-TOUCH to verify that they successfully altered their schedule.
Full-Semester Fall and Spring Terms
Withdraw or Drop During: % of Refund:
1st day of classes 100%
2nd - 11th day of classes 90%
12th - 22nd day of classes 75%
23rd - 33rd day of classes 50%
34th - 44th day of classes 25%
After 44th day of classes 0%
Returned Check Policy
All checks returned by the bank as unpaid for any reason
will carry a penalty of $20 per check. Any account for tuition, fees, room
and board paid by a check which is returned by the bank will be considered
not paid. Students who do not clear all returned checks within ten working
days may be administratively withdrawn for nonpayment of required fees
and/or be subjected to the appropriate legal action. Students who have
had two or more returned checks will lose check-writing privileges on campus.
Other General Fee and Payment Information
All of the fees and charges in this Bulletin are subject
to change without notice. Accounting and Financial Services, located on
the second floor of Sparks Hall, is responsible for the interpretation
and application of the university’s policies related to fees and refunds.
Any questions related to these should be directed to this office.
If a satisfactory determination or explanation of a specific
fee or refund cannot be obtained after discussion with the Accounting and
Financial Services personnel, a written appeal should be made to the vice
president for administrative services. Appeals should include as much detail
as possible to allow for adequate and speedy review.
As a part of the state-supported system of higher education
in Kentucky, Murray State University is governed by the following statewide
policy (approved January 14, 1991). For additional information and a copy
of the affidavit for a review of residency status, write Registrar’s Office,
Murray State University, PO Box 9, Murray KY 42071-0009, call 270-762-3741
or visit the Registrar's webpage.
13 KAR 2:045. Determination of residency status for admission
and tuition assessment purposes.
RELATES TO: KRS Chapter 13B, 164.020, 164.030,
164A.330(6) STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 164.020(8) NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND
CONFORMITY: KRS 164.020(8) requires the Council on Postsecondary Education
to determine tuition and approve the minimum qualifications for admission
to a state-supported postsecondary education institution and authorizes
the Council to set different tuition amounts for residents of Kentucky
and for nonresidents. This administrative regulation establishes the procedure
and guidelines for determining the residency status of a student who is
seeking admission to, or who is enrolled at, a state-supported postsecondary
Section 1. Definitions. (1) “Academic term” means
a division of the school year during which a course of studies is offered,
and includes a semester, quarter, or single consolidated summer term as
defined by the institution.
(2) “Continuous enrollment” means enrollment in
a state-supported postsecondary education institution at the same degree
level for consecutive terms, excluding summer term, since the beginning
of the period for which continuous enrollment is claimed unless a sequence
of continuous enrollment is broken due to extenuating circumstances beyond
the student’s control, including serious personal illness or injury, or
illness or death of a parent.
(3) “Degree level” means enrollment in a course
or program which could result in the award of a:
(a) Certificate, diploma or other program award
at an institution;
(b) Baccalaureate degree or lower including enrollment
in a course by a nondegree-seeking postbaccalaureate student;
(c) Graduate degree or graduate certification other
than a first-professional degree in law, medicine, dentistry or “Pharm.
(d) Professional degree in law, medicine, dentistry,
or “Pharm. D”.
(4) “Demonstration of Kentucky domicile and residency”
means the presentation of documented information and evidence sufficient
to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that a person is domiciled
in Kentucky and is a resident of Kentucky.
(5) “Dependent person” means a person who cannot
demonstrate financial independence from parents or persons other than a
spouse and who does not meet the criteria established in Section 5 of this
(6) “Determination of residency status” means the
decision of a postsecondary education institution that may include a formal
hearing that results in the classification of a person as a Kentucky resident
or as a nonresident for admission and tuition assessment purposes.
(7) “Domicile” means a person’s true, fixed, and
permanent home and is the place where the person intends to remain, and
to which the person expects to return if absent without intending to establish
a new domicile elsewhere.
(8) “Full-time employment” means continuous employment
for at least forty-eight (48) weeks at an average of at least thirty (30)
hours per week.
(9) “Independent person” means a person who demonstrates
financial independence from parents or persons other than a spouse and
who can meet the criteria established in Section 5 of this administrative
(10) “Institution” means an entity defined in KRS
164.001(11) if the type of institution is not expressly stated and includes
the Kentucky Virtual University, the Council on Postsecondary Education,
and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.
(11) “Kentucky resident” means a determination
by an institution that a person is domiciled in and is a resident of Kentucky
as determined by this administrative regulation.
(12) “Nonresident” means a person who is domiciled
outside of Kentucky or who currently maintains legal residence outside
Kentucky or who is not a Kentucky resident within the meaning of this administrative
(13) “Parent” means one (1) of the following:
(a) A person’s father or mother; or
(b) A court-appointed legal guardian if:
1. The guardianship is recognized by an appropriate
court within the United States;
2. There was a relinquishment of the rights of
the parents; and
3. The guardianship was not established primarily
to confer Kentucky residency on the person.
(14) “Preponderance of the evidence” means the
greater weight of evidence, or evidence which is more credible and convincing
to the mind.
(15) “Residence” means the place of abode of a
person and the place where the person is physically present most of the
time for a noneducational purpose in accordance with Section 3 of this
(16) “Student financial aid” means all forms of
payments to a student if one (1) condition of receiving the payment is
the enrollment of the student at an institution.
(17) “Sustenance” means living expenses including
room, board, maintenance, transportation, and also may include educational
expenses including tuition, fees, books, and supplies.
Section 2. Scope. (1) State-supported postsecondary
education institutions were established and are maintained by the Commonwealth
of Kentucky primarily for the benefit of qualified residents of Kentucky.
The substantial commitment of public resources to postsecondary education
is predicated on the proposition that the state benefits significantly
from the existence of an educated citizenry. As a matter of policy, access
to postsecondary education shall be provided so far as feasible at reasonable
cost to an individual who is domiciled in Kentucky and who is a resident
(2) The Council on Postsecondary Education may
require a student who is neither domiciled in nor a resident of Kentucky
to meet higher admission standards and to pay a higher level of tuition
than resident students.
(3) This administrative regulation applies to all
student residency determinations regardless of circumstances, including
residency determinations made by the state-supported institutions for prospective
and currently-enrolled students; the Southern Regional Education Board
contract spaces; reciprocity agreements, where appropriate; the Kentucky
Virtual University; academic common market programs; the Kentucky Educational
Excellence Scholarship Program; and other state student financial aid programs,
Section 3. Determination of Residency Status; General
Rules. (1) A determination of residency shall include:
(a) An initial determination of residency status
by an institution during the admission process or upon enrollment in an
institution for a specific academic term or for admission into a specific
(b) A reconsideration of a determination of residency
status by an institution based upon a changed circumstance; and
(c) A formal hearing conducted by an institution
upon request of a student after other administrative procedures have been
(2) An initial determination of residency status
shall be based upon:
(a) The facts in existence when the credentials
established by an institution for admission for a specific academic term
have been received and during the period of review by the institution;
(b) Information derived from admissions materials;
(c) Other materials required by an institution
and which are consistent with this administrative regulation; or
(d) Other information available to the institution
from any source.
(3) An individual seeking a determination of Kentucky
residency status shall demonstrate that status by a preponderance of the
(4) A determination of residency status shall be
based upon verifiable circumstances or actions.
(5) Evidence and information cited as the basis
for Kentucky domicile and residency shall accompany the application for
a determination of residency status.
(6) A student classified as a nonresident shall
retain that status until the student is officially reclassified by an institution.
(7) A student may apply for a review of a determination
of residency status once for each academic term.
(8) If an institution has information that a student’s
residency status may be incorrect, the institution shall review and determine
the student’s correct residency status.
(9) If the Council on Postsecondary Education has
information that an institution’s determination of residency status for
a student may be incorrect, it may require the institution to review the
circumstances and report the results of that review.
(10) An institution shall impose a penalty or sanction
against a student who gives incorrect or misleading information to an institutional
official, including payment of nonresident tuition for each academic term
for which resident tuition was assessed based on an improper determination
of residency status. The penalty may also include:
(a) Student discipline by the institution through
a policy written and disseminated to students; or
(b) Criminal prosecution.
Section 4. Presumptions Regarding Residency Status.
(1) In making a determination of residency status, it shall be presumed
that a person is a nonresident if:
(a) A person is, or seeks to be, an undergraduate
student and admissions records show the student to be a graduate of an
out-of-state high school within five (5) years prior to a request for a
determination of residency status;
(b) A person’s admissions records indicate the
student’s residence to be outside of Kentucky at the time of application
(c) A person moves to Kentucky primarily for the
purpose of enrollment in an institution;
(d) A person moves to Kentucky and within twelve
(12) months enrolls at an institution more than half time; or
(e) A person has a continuous absence of one (1)
year from Kentucky.
(2) A presumption arising from subsection (1) of
this section shall be overcome by presentation of evidence that is sufficient
to demonstrate that a person is domiciled in and is a resident of Kentucky.
Section 5. Determination of Whether a Student is
Dependent or Independent. (1) In a determination of residency status, an
institution shall first determine whether a student is dependent or independent.
This provision is predicated on the assumption that a dependent person
lacks the financial ability to live independently of the person upon whom
the student is dependent and therefore lacks the ability to form the requisite
intent to establish domicile.
(2) In determining the dependent or independent
status of a person, the following information shall be considered as well
as other relevant information available at the time the determination is
(a)1. Whether the person has been claimed as a
dependent on the federal or state tax returns of a parent or other person
for the year preceding the date of application for a determination of residency
2. Whether the person is no longer claimed by a
parent or other person as a dependent or as an exemption for federal and
state tax purposes; and
(b) Whether the person has financial earnings and
resources independent of a person other than an independent spouse necessary
to provide for the person’s own sustenance.
(3) An individual who enrolls at an institution
immediately following graduation from high school and remains enrolled
shall be presumed to be a dependent person unless the contrary is evident
from the information submitted.
(4) Domicile may be inferred from the student’s
permanent address, parent’s mailing address, or location of high school
(5) Marriage to an independent person domiciled
in and who is a resident of Kentucky shall be a factor considered by an
institution in determining whether a student is dependent or independent.
(6) Financial assistance from or a loan made by
a parent or family member other than an independent spouse, if used for
sustenance of the student:
(a) Shall not be considered in establishing a student
as independent; and
(b) Shall be a factor in establishing that a student
Section 6. Effect of a Determination of Dependent
Status on a Determination of Residency Status. (1) The effect of a determination
that a person is dependent shall be:
(a) The domicile and residency of a dependent person
shall be the same as either parent. The domicile and residency of the parent
shall be determined in the same manner as the domicile and residency of
an independent person.
(b) The domicile and residency of a dependent person
whose parents are divorced, separated, or otherwise living apart shall
be Kentucky if either parent is domiciled in and is a resident of Kentucky
regardless of which parent has legal custody or is entitled to claim that
person as a dependent pursuant to federal or Kentucky income tax provisions.
(2)(a) If the parent or parents of a dependent
person are Kentucky residents and are domiciled in Kentucky but subsequently
move from the state, the dependent person shall be considered a resident
of Kentucky while in continuous enrollment at the degree level in which
(b) If continuous enrollment is broken or the current
degree level is completed, the dependent person’s residency status shall
be reassessed when the circumstances detailed in subparagraph 1 of this
paragraph are present.
Section 7. Member of Armed Forces of the United
States, Spouse and Dependents; Effect on a Determination of Residency Status.
(1) A member, spouse, or dependent of a member whose domicile and residency
was Kentucky at the time of induction into the Armed Forces of the United
States, and who maintains Kentucky as home of record and permanent address,
shall be entitled to Kentucky residency status:
(a) During the time of active service; or
(b) If the member, spouse, or dependent returns
to this state within six (6) months of the date of the member’s discharge
from active duty.
(2)(a) A member, spouse or dependent of a member
of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Kentucky on active
military orders shall be considered a Kentucky resident while the member
is on active duty in this state pursuant to those orders if the member
1. Stationed in Kentucky for the purpose of enrollment
at an institution; or
2. On temporary assignment of less than one (1)
(b) A member, spouse or dependent of a member,
shall not lose Kentucky residency status if the member is thereafter transferred
on military orders while the member, spouse or dependent requesting the
status is in continuous enrollment at the degree level in which currently
(3) Membership in the National Guard or civilian
employment at a military base alone shall not qualify a person for Kentucky
residency status under the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of this
(4) A person’s residency status established pursuant
to this section shall be reassessed if the qualifying condition is terminated.
Section 8. Status of Nonresident Aliens; Visas
and Immigration. (1)(a) A person holding a permanent residency visa or
classified as a political refugee shall establish domicile and residency
in the same manner as another person.
(b) Time spent in Kentucky and progress made in
fulfilling the conditions of domicile and residency prior to obtaining
permanent residency status shall be considered in establishing Kentucky
domicile and residency.
(2) A person holding a nonimmigrant visa with designation
A, E, G, H-1, H-4 if accompanying a person with an H-1 visa, I, K, L, N,
R, shall establish domicile and residency the same as another person.
(3)(a) An independent person holding a nonimmigrant
visa with designation B, C, D, F, H-2, H-3, H-4 if accompanying a person
with an H-2 or H-3 visa, J, M, O, P, Q, S, TD or TN shall not be classified
as a Kentucky resident, because that person does not have the capacity
to remain in Kentucky indefinitely and therefore cannot form the requisite
intent necessary to establish domicile within the meaning of this administrative
(b) A dependent person holding a visa as described
in paragraph (a) of this subsection, but who is a dependent of a parent
holding a visa as described in subsection (2) of this section, shall be
considered as holding the visa of the parent.
(c) A dependent person holding a visa described
in subsection (2) of this section or paragraph (a) of this subsection,
if a parent is a citizen of the United States and is a resident of and
domiciled in Kentucky, shall be a resident of Kentucky for the purposes
of this administrative regulation.
(4) A person shall be a Kentucky resident for the
purpose of this administrative regulation if the person graduated from
a Kentucky high school and:
(a) Is an undocumented alien;
(b) Holds a visa listed in subsections (2) or (3)(a)
of this section; or
(c) Is a dependent of a person who holds a visa
listed in subsections (2) or (3)(a) of this section.
(5)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this
subsection, a person who has petitioned the federal government to reclassify
visa status shall continue to be ineligible until the petition has been
decided by the federal government.
(b) A person who has petitioned the federal government
to reclassify visa status based on a marriage to a Kentucky resident and
who can demonstrate that the petition has been filed and acknowledged by
the federal government, may establish Kentucky domicile and residency at
Section 9. Beneficiaries of a Kentucky Educational
Savings Plan Trust. A beneficiary of a Kentucky Educational Savings Plan
Trust shall be granted residency status if the beneficiary meets the requirements
of KRS 164A.330(6).
Section 10. Criteria Used in a Determination of
Residency Status. (1) A determination of Kentucky domicile and residency
shall be based upon verifiable circumstances or actions. A single fact
shall not be paramount, and each situation shall be evaluated to identify
those facts essential to the determination of domicile and residency.
(2) The following facts, although not conclusive,
shall have probative value in their entirety and shall be individually
weighted, appropriate to the facts and circumstances in each determination
(a) Acceptance of an offer of full-time employment
or transfer to an employer in Kentucky or contiguous area while maintaining
residence and domicile in Kentucky;
(b) Continuous physical presence in Kentucky while
in a nonstudent status for the twelve (12) months immediately preceding
the start of the academic term for which a classification of Kentucky residency
(c)1. Filing of Kentucky resident income tax return
for the calendar year preceding the date of application for a change in
residency status; or
2. Payment of Kentucky withholding taxes while
employed during the calendar year for which a change in classification
(d) Full-time employment of at least one (1) year
while living in Kentucky;
(e) Attendance as a full-time, nonresident student
at an out-of-state institution based on a determination by that school
that the person is a resident of Kentucky;
(f) Abandonment of a former domicile or residence
and establishing domicile and residency in Kentucky with application to
or attendance at an institution following and incidental to the change
in domicile and residency;
(g) Obtaining licensing or certification for a
professional and occupational purpose in Kentucky;
(h) Payment of real property taxes in Kentucky;
(i) Ownership of real property in Kentucky, if
the property was used by the student as a residence preceding the date
of application for a determination of residency status;
(j) Long-term lease of at least twelve (12) consecutive
months of noncollegiate housing;
(k) Marriage of an independent student to a person
who was domiciled in and a resident of Kentucky prior to the marriage;
(l) Continued presence in Kentucky during academic
(m) The extent to which a student is dependent
on student financial aid in order to provide basic sustenance.
(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this
section, the following facts, because of the ease and convenience in completing
them, shall have limited probative value in a determination that a person
is domiciled in and is a resident of Kentucky:
(a) Kentucky automobile registration;
(b) Kentucky driver’s license; and
(c) Registration as a Kentucky voter.
(4) The absence of a fact contained in subsection
(3) of this section shall have significant probative value in determining
that a student is not domiciled in or is not a resident of Kentucky.
(5) A person shall not be determined to be a Kentucky
resident by the performance of an act which is incidental to fulfilling
an educational purpose or by an act performed as a matter of convenience.
Mere physical presence in Kentucky, including living with a relative or
friend, shall not be sufficient evidence of domicile and residency. A person
shall respond to all information requested by an institution.
Section 11. Effect of a Change in Circumstances
on Residency Status. (1) If a person becomes independent or if the residency
status of a parent or parents of a dependent person changes, an institution
shall reassess residency either upon a request by the student or a review
initiated by the institution.
(2) Upon transfer to a Kentucky institution, a
student’s residency status shall be assessed by the receiving institution.
(3) A reconsideration of a determination of residency
status for a dependent person shall be subject to the provisions for continuous
enrollment, if applicable.
Section 12. Student Responsibilities. (1) A student
shall report under the proper residency classification which includes the
(a) Raising a question in a timely manner concerning
(b) Making application for change of residency
classification in a timely manner with the designated office or person
at the institution; and
(c) Notifying the designated office or person at
the institution immediately upon a change in residency.
(2) If a student fails to notify an institutional
official of a change in residency, an institutional official may investigate
and evaluate the student’s residency status.
(3)(a) If a student fails to provide, by the date
specified by the institution, information required by an institution in
a determination of residency status, the student shall be notified by the
institution that the review has been canceled and that a determination
has been made.
(b) Notification shall be made by registered mail,
return receipt requested.
(c) Notification shall be made within ten (10)
calendar days after the deadline for receipt of materials has passed.
(4) A student shall not be entitled to appeal a
determination of residency status if the determination made by an institution
is because a student has failed to meet published deadlines for the submission
of information as set forth in subsection (3) of this section. A student
may request a review of a determination of residency status in a subsequent
Section 13. Institutional Responsibilities. Each
(1) Provide for an administrative appeals process
that includes a residency appeals officer to consider student appeals of
an initial residency determination and which shall include a provision
of fourteen (14) days for the student to appeal the residency appeals officer’s
(2) Establish a residency review committee to consider
appeals of residency determinations by the residency appeals officer. The
residency review committee shall make a determination of student residency
status and notify the student in writing within forty-five (45) days after
receipt of the student appeal;
(3) Establish a formal hearing process as described
in Section 14 of this administrative regulation; and
(4) Establish written policies and procedures for
administering the responsibilities established in subsections (1), (2),
and (3) of this section and that are:
(a) Approved by the institution’s governing board;
(b) Made available to all students; and
(c) Filed with the council.
Section 14. Formal Institutional Hearing. (1) A
student who appeals a determination of residency by a residency review
committee shall be granted a formal hearing by an institution if the request
is made by a student in writing within fourteen (14) calendar days after
notification of a determination by a residency review committee.
(2) If a request for a formal hearing is received,
an institution shall appoint a hearing officer to conduct a formal hearing.
The hearing officer:
(a) Shall be a person not involved in determinations
of residency at an institution except for formal hearings; and
(b) Shall not be an employee in the same organizational
unit as the residency appeals officer.
(3) An institution shall have written procedures
for the conduct of a formal hearing that have been adopted by the board
of trustees or regents, as appropriate, and that provide for:
(a) A hearing officer to make a recommendation
on a residency appeal;
(b) Guarantees of due process to a student that
1. The right of a student to be represented by
legal counsel; and
2. The right of a student to present information
and to present testimony and information in support of a claim of Kentucky
(c) A recommendation to be issued by the hearing
(4) An institution’s formal hearing procedures
shall be filed with the Council on Postsecondary Education and shall be
available to a student requesting a formal hearing.
Section 15. Cost of Formal Hearings. (1) An institution
shall pay the cost for all residency determinations including the cost
of a formal hearing.
(2) A student shall pay for the cost of all legal
representation in support of the student’s claim of residency. (17 Ky.R.
2557; eff. 4-5-91; Am. 22 Ky.R. 1656; 1988; eff. 5-16-96; 23 Ky.R. 3380;
3797; 4099; eff. 6-16-97; 24 Ky.R. 2136; 2705; 25 Ky.R. 51; eff. 7-13-98;
25 Ky.R. 2177; 2577; 2827; eff. 6-7-99; 749; 1238; eff. 11-12-2002.)
For additional information, write or call the Registrar’s
Office, Murray State University, PO Box 9, Murray KY 42071-0009; 270-762-3741.
After reading the policy on “Determination of Residency
for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes” (above), a student who wishes
to request a review of residency classification should obtain an affidavit
from the Registrar’s Office on the first floor of Sparks Hall. The affidavit
should be completed, signed, and notarized. All supporting statements and
documents must be attached. Insufficient information may delay the request
a full semester. The student should then present the affidavit to the Registrar’s
Office, first floor, Sparks Hall, no later than 30 calendar days after
the first day of classes of the semester for which the appeal is being
made. Students applying during or after registration must pay fees as originally
The registrar will act upon the request within 14 calendar
days. A student whose request was denied by the registrar will have 14
calendar days from the receipt of the denial letter, as determined by the
postal notification of receipt of certified mail, to formally appeal the
decision. Appeals should be addressed to the Bursar’s Office, 200 Sparks
Hall, Murray KY 42071-3312. The appeal should include a letter and any
additional supportive documentation. Students whose requests were approved
by the registrar or by the residency review committee will be reported
to the bursar so that fee adjustments or refunds can be processed accordingly.
Questions concerning eligibility or the status of a request should be directed
to the registrar at 270-762-3380, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A copy of the complete operational policy on classification
of residency for fee assessment purposes is available in the registrar's
Murray State University offers a wide variety of financial
aid for deserving students. This aid is designed to assist students in
financing their education, to recognize scholastic achievement, to encourage
continued educational growth and to reward service to the university and
In all cases, the student and/or the student’s family
or spouse are expected to contribute to the costs of education in proportion
to their total financial capabilities.
If the student and his/her parents or spouse will commit
all possible resources, the Student Financial Aid Office will make every
effort to bridge the economic gap by a financial aid package. That package
may consist of one or more of the following types of aid:
• Federal Pell Grant
• Federal Perkins Loan
• Federal PLUS (Parent) Loan
• Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
• Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
• Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
• Federal Work-Study (part-time employment)
• Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority
• KHEAA Teacher Scholarship
• Norris (Short-Term) Loan
• Nursing Student Loan
• University Student Employment (part-time employment)
Application forms and information concerning loans, grants
and student employment may be obtained from the Student Financial Aid Office
in Sparks Hall. Scholarship information may be obtained from the University
Scholarships Office which is located in Ordway Hall.
Policies Governing Satisfactory Academic Standing,
Progress and Financial Aid Eligibility
All students who receive, or will receive, assistance
from the Federal Work-Study, Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan, Federal
Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, KHEAA (CAP) Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal
Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, or Federal
PLUS loan programs will be required to make measurable academic progress
toward a degree in order to assure the completion of their degree program
within a "reasonable period of time." This policy also applies to the KHEAA
Work-Study Program, Nursing Student Loan, Norris Student Loan and all KHEAA-administered
programs (including teacher scholarships).
Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress will
result in the termination of your financial assistance or your financial
aid eligibility. You may re-establish eligibility for financial assistance
when the minimum requirements of the policy are satisfied. You must appeal
and provide documentation (copy of grade report, doctor's statement, etc.)
to the Student Financial Aid Office. It is your responsibility to secure
and provide full written appeal information to the Student Financial Aid
Office. Appeals cannot be accepted by calling the office or by visiting
and verbally giving your reason for not making satisfactory progress/standing.
Federal regulations require full written documentation for all appeals.
Undergraduate students receiving financial assistance
based upon full-time status (a minimum of 12 hours per semester) will be
required to earn a minimum of 24 semester hours within that academic year
(fall and spring semesters). Students will be permitted a maximum of six
(6) academic years for completion of a baccalaureate degree(s), three (3)
years for an associate degree(s), and two (2) years for a certificate program
for financial aid purposes.
Students attending less than full-time or for one semester
only must adhere to an equivalent rate, as established by the Student Financial
In addition to the requirement to complete a minimum number
of credit hours each academic year within a maximum time frame, a student
must also meet the minimum requirement for satisfactory academic standing
If a student is on probation with Murray State, the MSU
probation rules then apply. As long as you increase your cumulative grade
point average each semester while on probation you will be eligible to
re-enroll at MSU and will have met the financial aid grade point guidelines.
Neither repeating courses excessively nor taking courses
that do not apply to a declared degree objective is considered making satisfactory
progress toward graduation and will subject the student to loss of eligibility
for financial aid.
If a student has more than two (2) official academic and/or
administrative withdrawals from school while attending Murray State, the
student will not be considered to be making satisfactory academic progress.
Incompletes will not be considered until credit is recorded on the official
MSU academic transcript. Audit of a class cannot be counted in any manner
for financial aid purposes.
If a student receives financial aid funds as a full-time
student and then drops below full-time status, the student will be treated
as a full-time student for purposes of this policy.
Students failing to meet the standards of the Satisfactory
Academic Progress Policy will not be considered for receiving financial
assistance until the required number of hours are completed and/or the
student meets the academic requirements during the semester that the student
is on academic probation, or until an appeal is approved. Students may
make up the hours and/or academic deficiencies by attending summer school
and/or the regular semester(s) at the student’s own expense. After completing
the required number of hours, it is the student’s responsibility to notify
the Student Financial Aid Office and provide a copy of all grade reports.
Eligibility may be continued, upon appeal, for students who, through no
fault of their own, were unable to complete a semester under normal circumstances,
e.g. accident, unexpected medical problems, or death in the immediate family
(brother, sister, mother, father, spouse, child).
If the student does not meet the requirements, the student
should still file financial aid forms for future terms on a timely basis.
This will permit the student to be considered for financial aid once an
appeal is approved.
If the student has been denied financial assistance because
of a failure to make satisfactory academic standing/progress, the student
has the right to appeal through the Student Financial Aid Office. If the
student wishes to appeal the decision of the Student Financial Aid Office,
an appeal may be made to the Financial Aid Appeals committee. All decisions
of the committee are final. Students filing an appeal must complete the
Financial Aid Reinstatement Appeal form, available in the Student Financial
Aid Office. All appeal documentation and any mitigating circumstances will
be reviewed and the student will be advised, in writing, of the appeal
decision. Financial aid appeals are separate from appeals to Admissions.
Decisions of these appeals are independent of each other.
Effective as of the 1991-92 year, student academic records
are monitored for purposes of this policy for two full academic years.
Murray State University offers part-time employment to
a large number of students each year. The Federal Work-Study Program provides
on-campus employment to eligible students who are enrolled at least half-time
and who show a need for the earnings. The University Student Employment
Program offers jobs to students enrolled at least half-time who do not
qualify for the federal program. All student employees are paid biweekly
and are required to perform their assigned duties in a satisfactory manner.
Graduate assistantships are available at Murray State,
and inquiries should be directed to the department head in the student’s
Murray State University awards a number of non-need-based
scholarships each year to qualified students. Scholarships are supported
by the Alumni Association/Development, the Murray State University Foundation,
and academic departments, as well as business and professional organizations.
Information on scholarships is available through the Office of University
Scholarships located in Ordway Hall.
Beginning freshmen use one application which is updated
with new available awards each year. Qualifications and restrictions are
listed, along with the names and particulars of all scholarships. In some
areas, talent and proficiency are considered as well as academic information.
Contact the individual department for details.
Generally, scholarships are offered on the basis of scholastic
achievement, American College Testing (ACT) score, character, leadership
and the promise of continued educational growth. In some cases, financial
need is considered.
High school students wishing to receive a current scholarship
application must send their official ACT scores to Murray State prior to
November 1 of their senior year. A minimum score of 21 is required for
direct mailing. Additional applications are sent to high school counselors.
Requests for additional information should be addressed to the Office of
University Scholarships, 122 Ordway Hall, Murray KY 42071-3305.
Scholarships are also available for qualifying transfer
students, upper-class students, nontraditional students and graduate students.
In most cases, students must have completed 24 semester hours and have
a 3.20 grade average (based on a 4.00 scale). Applications are available
from the Office of University Scholarships normally by December 1.
The total amount of Murray State scholarship award for
any given student in conjunction with other Murray State tuition adjustments
(i.e., Incentive Grants, alumni family grants, etc.) may not exceed a student’s
Scholarship Application Deadlines:
Entering freshmen February 1
All other students February 15
Awards are made for academic years. Students applying
for spring scholarships are considered as alternates; there are no new
awards for students entering in the spring semester.
NOTE: There is a continuing effort to secure additional
awards. For an accurate and complete list of available scholarships, along
with specific guidelines, please contact the Office of University Scholarships.
Additional resource information is available. As a free
service, the Scholarship Office also offers programs for obtaining information
about resources outside Murray State. Deadlines vary. Students may call
the Scholarship Office to set up an appointment to use the programs.
Questions or requests for further information may be directed
to the Office of University Scholarships at 800-272-4678, menu option #4,
MSU Foundation Loan Funds
• E. B. Howton Jackson Purchase PCA Loan Fund. See the
chairman of the School of Agriculture.
• E. B. Howton West Kentucky PCA Loan Fund. See the chairman
of the School of Agriculture.
• Maureen “Molly” Jones Memorial Nursing Loan Fund. Emergency
loan fund — contact the chairman of the Department of Nursing.
• Carl Timmel Memorial Loan Fund. Applicants must have
at least a junior standing at Murray State University. Contact the dean
of the College of Business and Public Affairs.
Senior Citizen’s Tuition Waiver (Donovan Scholarship)
Murray State University in accordance with KRS 164.284,
will waive tuition charges and fees (except for application fees, special
workshops and noncredit continuing education courses) for any person sixty-five
(65) years of age or older who is a resident of Kentucky. The individual
must be 65 before the late registration dates for the term in which he
or she wishes to enroll. Special course fees or necessary materials for
class use are not covered in the waiver.
In the event that classes are full or the granting of
free tuition requires additional staff or course sections, the university
may deny an individual’s request.
War Orphans and Spouse or Children of Disabled
American Veterans Waivers
Murray State University in accordance with KRS 164.505
and 164.515 will waive tuition (except for special workshops and noncredit
continuing education courses) for a dependent, widow or widower of servicemen
or national guardsmen killed while in service or having died as a result
of service-connected disability and the spouse or child of permanently
disabled national guardsmen, war veterans, prisoners of war, or servicemen
missing in action upon receipt of the required certification or other documents
satisfactory to the university. For additional information contact Veterans’
Affairs located in Ordway Hall.
SREB Academic Common Market
The Academic Common Market is a cooperative tuition-reduction
agreement among 14 Southern Regional Education Board states. If the public
institutions in one of the states does not offer degree programs in a certain
field of study, it may be possible to arrange a waiver of out-of-state
tuition to attend a cooperating public institution of higher education
in another participating state. Periodic changes are made in the inventory
of programs available. Participating states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware,
Florida (graduate programs only), Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland,
Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (graduate programs
only), Virginia and West Virginia.
Write directly to the college or university for admission
information. Once you have been accepted into a program and can prove you
are a legal resident of Kentucky, contact the Kentucky Academic Common
Market coordinator at the Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital
Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort KY 40601, 502-564-7980 to certify your