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Renee Wiesner – Assistant university registrar/residency specialist

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Renee Wiesner is assistant university registrar/residency specialist and supervisor of tuition and fees area

Years at current job: Five

Job duties: I make all residency application decisions, fee waiver decisions and help with initial undergraduate admissions application review for residency. I also respond to inquiries regarding resident requirements. In addition, I review law admissions applications and graduate social welfare admissions applications for residency information. I monitor resident rates on a regular basis for existing students. I also supervise fee petition processes.

What do you like most about your profession? I like the daily interaction with students and parents. I always enjoy the challenge of explaining residency regulations to those who inquire. The process and how it works are very important to those who want to apply for in-state tuition.

What are the most important factors regarding a potential students' residency status? The most important factors are to meet the residency regulations and submit the application by the specified deadline for that semester. I always tell a student that if they feel they have met the requirements, they should complete a residency application. One other important factor is that I cannot advise a student of his or her status until they complete the application and I have reviewed the information.

Does residency status apply to faculty or staff who take part in the tuition assistance program? Faculty and staff who are students can get resident rates (if they are nonresidents) and the campus fee waived if they complete a staff rates form and have at least a 40 percent appointment. The program is handled by Staff Benefits.

What aspects of your job might others not realize you're involved with? My area does law admissions application entry and determines initial resident rates for these students. I also am involved in responding to questions asked by university and state officials regarding resident rates, the process and the regulations. My area helps students with questions about their bill.

How do you think the "Kansas Commitment Rate" bill in the legislature that would give nonresident students a lower tuition rate if they live and work in Kansas for five years would affect KU? The institution is reviewing possible implications for the university if this bill is passed. As far as I know, that has not been completed.