Your residency status determines whether you pay in-state or out-of-state tuition.
All residency appeals must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Residency Appeal Deadline
The deadline for each semester is the same as the last day of late registration 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 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 (or your parent or guardian if you are a dependent) 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
A. A full‐time or part‐time (at least 50 percent) regular employee of USM or a USM institution.
B. The spouse or Financially Dependent child of a full‐time or part‐time (at least 50 percent) regular employee of USM or a USM institution.
C. An active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States as defined in 38 U.S.C.A. § 101(10) as the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof, who is stationed in Maryland, resides in Maryland, or is domiciled in Maryland, or his/her spouse or a financially dependent child of that active duty member. Spouses and children who qualify for exemptions under this provision will retain in‐ state status for tuition purposes as long as they are continuously enrolled, regardless of whether the active duty member’s station assignment, residence, or domicile remains in Maryland. (Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article § 15‐106.4.)
D. A veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States who provides documentation that he or she was honorably discharged and currently resides or is domiciled in Maryland.3
E. A veteran who lives in Maryland and was discharged from a period of at least 90 days of service in the active military, naval, or air service and is pursuing a course of education with educational assistance under the Montgomery G.I. Bill ® (38 U.S.C. §3001) or the Post‐9/11 G.I. Bill® (38 U.S.C. §3301).4 A veteran so described will continue to retain in‐state status if the veteran is using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code, and remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school.
F. Anyone who lives in Maryland, and:
1) Is using transferred Post‐9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits (38 U.S.C. §3319) and enrolls after the transferor’s discharge or release from a period of at least 90 days of service in the active military, naval or air service; or
2) Is using transferred Post‐9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits (38 U.S.C. §3319) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed services who is serving on active duty;
3) Is using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. §3311(b)(9))5;
4) Is using benefits through the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA), (38 U.S.C. chapter 35) or
5) Is entitled to rehabilitation under 38 U.S.C. §3102(a).
An individual as described in this Section IV.F will continue to retain in‐state status if the individual is using educational benefits under chapter 30, 31, 33, or 35 of title 38, United States Code, and remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school.
G. A member of the Maryland National Guard, as defined in the Public Safety Article of the Maryland Annotated Code, who joined or subsequently serves in the Maryland National Guard to: (i) provide a critical military occupational skill; or (ii) be a member of the Air Force Critical Specialty Code as determined by the National Guard.
H. 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 (These students may be eligible for a non-resident tuition fee exemption under legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly (the Maryland DREAM Act).
I. an individual who has completed all service hours for an AmeriCorps program in the state of Maryland.
J. graduate students (Masters and Certificate only) and Juris Doctor students who live in:
1) Washington, D.C.
2) Northern Virginia: Arlington, Clark, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudon, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Warren counties and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas and Manassas Park.
3) Pennsylvania: Adams, Chester, Lancaster, and York counties.
4) Delaware: all counties
• Note: Regional residency only applies to students and credits associated with a UBalt graduate program. Undergraduate degrees and certificates, doctoral, and advanced professional degrees are not included.
K. graduate students who are enrolled in these fully online programs:
1) Master of Business Administration
2) Master of Public Administration
3) M.S. in Interaction Design and Information Architecture and associated certificate in User Experience
L. graduate assistants.
The Maryland DREAM Act
The Maryland DREAM Act allows certain students 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.