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Determining Residency

Whoever is registering a student under the age of 18 must demonstrate that the student lives in the district and is domiciled there.  The domicile of the student shall be that of the student’s parent, military guardian pursuant to a military guardianship, or court-appointed legal guardian.

  1. A signed statement or affidavit relating to residency;
  2. Lease or rent receipts; or
  3. A copy of an occupancy permit where appropriate.


How old must a student be to establish residency on his/her own?

Under Missouri law, a person reaches majority at the age of 18.  A student who is 18 or older may legally establish residence and become domiciled in any district within the state.  A student under the age of 18 may be able to establish residency independent of his/her parents if the student can prove that he/she does not rely on them for financial support. 

Is a power of attorney, by itself, an acceptable measure of residency?

A power of attorney only confers the authority to act on behalf of a student; it does not confer or establish residency.

A 17-year-old living with her boyfriend’s family in the district wants to register. His parents aren’t her legal guardians and her parents do not reside in the district. Must she be registered?

May a district allow nonresident employees’ children to attend and be counted as resident students?

Proof of Residency Waiver

Who determines the standard of hardship or good cause?

Is the student allowed to register and attend school within the 45 day period the board has to act on the proof of residency waiver?

What happens if no action is taken by the board within 45 days from the time of the waiver request?

The student enrolls as a resident student.

What recourse does the student have if the board rejects the proof of residency waiver?

The student or someone acting on the student’s behalf may appeal the board’s decision to the circuit court in the county in which the school district is located.