queenlizzie13 wrote: ChinaMex wrote:
Hey I'm currently a 1L from California and I personally think the residency requirements are ridiculous and quite difficult. Basically they want to make sure of three things: that you live here, that you intend to stay, and you're an independent. This means no gifts. They are serious about this. If you get a $50 check from your grandma for your birthday you cannot use it during your evaluation period (Sept 1st, 2011- Sep 1st, 2012 ((doesn't matter if you lived there earlier))). You cannot receive any out of state funds during this period. They have access to your bank records for up to 5 years so they'll figure it out haha.
Additionally they "prove" intent to stay in a number of different ways. The easy ones are voter registration, car registration, driver's license, etc. (you can do this whenever throughout the year). The most difficult one for me is out of state travel. They generally frown upon travel and it will "raise an eyebrow" if you travel out of state. Further, you are not allowed to leave Ohio for more than 3 weeks in the summer and during those 3 week you are not allowed to earn any out of state income. Again, since they have access to your bank records they can figure out where you were.
I'm not trying to scare anyone and say it's incredibly unfair considering the break we get in tuition but I wouldn't consider it easy. Though sorry if this came off harsh...I'm a little bitter
How do you like it coming from California? I just applied and am wondering how the adjustment is...especially weather wise.
And thank you for the information about residency status!
I'm from the Bay Area originally but I went to undergrad in Chicago so I've seen winter
Based on winters in Chicago, I don't think it's that bad. I mean there are some days you don't want to go outside but I think the key is generally layers.
Culturally, I actually really like Columbus. I do miss Mexican food but there are no other significant complaints haha. I would say from a career perspective that if you want to go back to California or out of the Midwest, you will have a more difficult time than people who go to a similarly ranked school in the market you want to practice. It's not impossible, of course, but keep that in mind as you apply.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
charlesxavier wrote:The whole issue with gifts has to do with proving independence, right? Do you happen to know if being married changes the process?
Yes, the issue is if you are going to be an independent (C-2). I assume if you're going to be relying on a spouse you would be a C-3 but I believe that means your spouse has to be earning an Ohio income. Here's a link to the residency home page for OSU that was super helpful for me:http://www.ureg.ohio-state.edu/ourweb/m ... es_new.htm