The Connecticut legislature recently recognized the significant disadvantage that Connecticut domiciliaries (see definitions below) experience in attempting to earn a degree in veterinary medicine. It passed legislation that provided funding to the Department of Higher Education (DHE) for the purpose of assisting Connecticut domiciliaries who want to pursue an education in veterinary medicine. DHE established a memorandum of agreement with the University of Connecticut (UConn) that directed UConn to solicit proposals from domestic American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)-accredited institutions that would establish positions for guaranteed admission of qualified Connecticut domiciliaries.
The University of Connecticut’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) solicited proposals from Colleges and Schools of Veterinary Medicine that indicated an interest in establishing a relationship with the State of Connecticut. Iowa State University was selected as the program that offered the best total experience for Connecticut domiciliaries. Five State of Connecticut contract seats were secured that provide guaranteed access at reduced tuition.
Students apply for admission to Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine through the normal process. Qualified Connecticut domiciliaries are offered admission and Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine selects the recipients of the five State of Connecticut contract seats. If a student declines a seat, it will be offered to the next most highly ranked Connecticut domiciliary accepted for admission.
Students selected to receive the State of Connecticut contract seats must submit a signed Domicile Affidavit (see link below) by March 15th of the year in which they plan to matriculate as first-year students at Iowa State University.
To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the requirements for an in-state student as prescribed by the appropriate sections of the Connecticut General Statutes (“CGS”). See link for Domicile Affidavit above.
Guidelines for Determining Domicile
Title 10a of the CGS allows students to become in-state students for tuition purposes under certain circumstances. Students selected to receive the State of Connecticut contract seats and wishing to attend Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine under this program should read CGS § 10a-28 through 10a-30. The following guidelines may assist the students to determine if they are eligible for in-state tuition.
- A person having his/her domicile in the State of Connecticut is entitled to classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes.
- An unemancipated person’s domicile is considered to be that of his/her parent.
- The spouse of any person who is classified, or is eligible for classification, as an in-state student shall likewise be entitled to classification as an in-state student.
- The establishment of a new domicile in the State of Connecticut by an emancipated person does not occur until s/he has resided in this State for a period of not less than one year before the first day of classes of the semester in question.
- “The domicile of any emancipated person receiving regular financial assistance from his parent, or whose parent’s income was taken into account by any private or governmental agency furnishing financial educational assistance to such person, including scholarships, loans or otherwise, is that of his parent.” [CGS§ 10a-30(4)]
- If a person is claimed as a dependent on his/her parent’s tax returns, his/her domicile is that of his/her parent.
- A person who is a member of the United States armed forces and is stationed in Connecticut pursuant to military orders is entitled to classification as an in-state student. An unemancipated person whose parent is a member of the United States armed forces and stationed in this State pursuant to military orders is entitled to classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes. A copy of military orders which clearly indicate a Connecticut duty-station should be attached to the Affidavit of Domicile.
Definition of Terms
Under CGS § 10a-28(4) an “emancipated person” means “a person who has attained the age of eighteen years, and whose parents have entirely surrendered the right to the care, custody and earnings of such person and who no longer are under any legal obligation to support or maintain such person.”
Under CGS § 10a-28(3), the term “domicile” “denotes a person’s true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation.” It is the place where the person intends to remain, and to which he or she expects to return when leaving for purposes other than that of establishing a new domicile elsewhere.
Under CGS § 10a-28(5), “parent” means “a person’s father; or if he has no father, his mother; or if one parent has custody of an unemancipated person, the parent having custody; or if there is a guardian or legal custodian of an unemancipated person, then such guardian or legal custodian, provided there are no circumstances indicating that such guardianship or custodianship was created primarily for the purpose of conferring the status of an in-state student on such unemancipated person.”
Under Connecticut law, a person having his/her domicile in the State of Connecticut is entitled to classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes. CGS § 10a-29(1). Although in common parlance a person domiciled in Connecticut is often referred to as an “in-state resident” for tuition purposes, in fact domicile requires both residence and proof of intent to remain in the State. To prevent any confusion between “domicile” and “residency,” the term “domicile” is used throughout this document and the Affidavit of Domicile.