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.
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:
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.