Appeal for In-state Residency


The In-State Residency Application is available through the LSU SVM Online Status Check System only after your official VMCAS application has been received by the LSU SVM Admissions Office and only if the In-State Residency Application is deemed necessary by the LSU SVM Admissions Office. More instructions are also available at that point.

If requested by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Admissions Office, you must submit the In-state Residency Application along with photocopies of the following supporting documents.

  • In-state Residency Application
  • Louisiana Driver's License and Vehicle Registration
  • Louisiana Voter Registration Card (if available)
  • Louisiana State Income Tax Returns from past 1-2 years

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine determines eligibility for classification as a Louisiana resident based on LSU System regulations and evidence provided on the application for admission and related documents. Regulations relate primarily to location of the home and place of employment. Louisiana applicants must meet all residence requirements, as stated in University regulations.

A resident student is defined as one who has abandoned all prior domiciles and lived in the state of Louisiana continuously for at least one full year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which classification as a resident is sought.

Individuals living within this state for one year must be able to prove there was intent to maintain a residence in Louisiana. Residing in Louisiana solely for educational purposes without evidence of the intent to remain in Louisiana will not be sufficient for classification as a resident, regardless of the length of time within the state.

Factors considered in establishing residency, although not necessarily conclusive, include:

  • financial independence from parents residing in another state or country;
  • reliance on Louisiana resources for financial support;
  • continuous presence in Louisiana during periods when not enrolled as a student;
  • commitments indicating an intent to stay in Louisiana permanently;
  • paying Louisiana income taxes as a resident during the past tax year; and
  • the absence of these indicators in other states during any period for which domicile in Louisiana is asserted.

Special provisions have been made for adults moving to Louisiana for employment purposes, military personnel stationed in Louisiana, and international students with immigrant visas. An international student on a student visa is classified as a nonresident. Resident classification and all fees are audited and adjusted, if necessary, after each registration. Appropriate credits or charges are then made to the student's account. For additional information concerning the establishment of residency, contact the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Admissions Office (; 225-578-9537).