Your residency status determines whether you pay in-state or out-of-state tuition.
Residency Appeal Deadline
The deadline for each semester is the same as the "Last Day to Drop Without a W" on the academic calendar for the term you are currently enrolled.
Residency: An Overview
An initial determination will be made by the Offices of Admission. The decision is made at the time a student’s application for admission is under consideration. The determination made at that time, and any determination made thereafter, shall prevail for each subsequent term until the determination is successfully challenged in a timely manner.
A student may request a re-evaluation of residency status. This is done by filing a Petition for Change in Residency Classification with the residency evaluator. A student must meet the requirements for in-state status and submit a completed petition, including all required documents, by the last published date of registration for the term the student wishes to be classified as in-state.
A determination of in-state status is valid only if a student actually enrolls in the term in question. Determinations which are made in cases where a student does not actually enroll are not valid for a subsequent term (with respect to which all requirements must be independently satisfied and a new and timely application submitted).
The burden of proof rests upon the student. Failure to provide complete and timely documentation and responses to requests for information may result in a denial of the re-evaluation. The university reserves the right to request additional information and documentation from the applicant over and above what is required in the application. In the event incomplete, false or misleading information is presented, the campus may revoke an assignment of in-state status in addition to other disciplinary actions it may initiate.
General Criteria for In-State Status
For the 12 consecutive months before the first day of classes for which you wish to be considered a resident, you (or your parent/guardian, if dependent) must:
- have resided in Maryland (you must be able to show proof of residence, including the amount you pay and the terms of your lease/deed)
- maintain substantially all personal property within Maryland
- pay Maryland income tax on all taxable income earned inside or outside the state
- receive no public assistance from a city, county or municipal agency other than in Maryland
- have a legal ability under federal and Maryland law to reside permanently without interruption in Maryland
- have registered to vote in Maryland, if you had been registered in any other jurisdiction
- license/register all motor vehicles you own in Maryland
- obtain a valid Maryland driver's license.
Other Students Who Qualify for In-State Status
- full-time or part-time (at least 50 percent time) permanent employees of the University System of Maryland, the employee's spouse or dependent child
- full-time active members of the Armed Forces of the United States whose home of residency is in Maryland or are stationed in Maryland, or the member's spouse or dependent child
- a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who received an honorable discharge within the past 12 months and received his/her high school education in Maryland
- non-resident University applicants who have graduated from a Maryland high school and completed 60 credits or an Associate's degree at a Maryland Community College*
- graduate assistants.
The Maryland DREAM Act
The Maryland DREAM Act allows certain high school graduates who are undocumented immigrants to qualify for the lowest tuition rates at their public colleges and universities. The Maryland DREAM Act became law on Dec. 6, 2012 and applies to all future semesters thereafter. The law applies in all 24 jurisdictions in Maryland, including the city of Baltimore.
Want to know more about the Maryland Dream Act?
The Appeals Process
1. If your request to change your residency status to in-state has been denied by the Offices of Admission, you may challenge the decision by sending a written appeal to the residency evaluator within 15 days of their most recent decision.
2. In your written appeal, you should list all the facts and arguments that would support changing your residency status. If you fail to provide complete and timely information, the residency evaluator will deny your appeal.
3. Once you have submitted your appeal, the Committee will make a decision within approximately 45 days. Until then, you will still be responsible for paying fees and charges based on your current residency status. If your appeal is granted, any excess fees or charges will be refunded to you.
4. The residency evaluator will send you written notification of its final, binding decision.
The complete policy on student classification is outlined by the University System of Maryland.