Residency

In-state or out-of-state residency status will determine a student’s tuition rate.  Tuition rates for both statuses can be obtained from Student Business Services.  Residency status is first established during the admissions process.

Defining “In-State” Status

UMBC, as part of the University System of Maryland (USM), defines in-state status according to the  USM policy on student classification for admission and tuition purposes.  In-state status is granted to students who, for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to and including the last date available to register for courses in the semester/term for which the student seeks in-state tuition status, has the continuous intent to:

  1. Make Maryland his or her permanent home; and
  2. Abandon his or her former home state; and
  3. Reside in Maryland indefinitely; and
  4. Reside in Maryland primarily for a purpose other than that of attending an educational institution in Maryland.

-OR-

  • is the spouse or financial dependent of, a full-time or part-time (50%) regular employee of a University System of Maryland educational institution

-OR-

  • is the spouse or financial dependent of, a full-time member of the U.S. Armed Forces, residing or stationed in Maryland, or whose home of residency is Maryland.

-OR-

How to File a Petition

Once initial residency has been determined and the student has begun classes at UMBC, changes can be requested through a petition process.  A Residency Petition form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Submissions must be made in person, by mail or via my UMBC Help (faxes will not be accepted) by the last date of late registration in the semester .  Financially dependent students must have their petition signed by their parent/guardian/spouse and notarized (notary services are available at the University Center 1st Floor Mail Office).  Petitions must be filed by the term’s last day of late registration.  Petitions are only considered valid if the student is enrolled for the term for which the petition is being submitted.

How to Appeal the Petition Decision

There are two levels of appeal:

  1. A student whose Petition for in-state reclassification has been denied may appeal that decision to the Campus Classification Officer. This request must be received no later than fifteen (15) working days from the date of the Residency Evaluator’s written denial of the Petition. Failure to appeal within fifteen (15) working days will mean that the Residency Evaluator’s decision is final and no appeal will be reviewed, no secondary decision will be made, and the denial will be maintained until the student files another petition.
  2. A student whose appeal is denied by the Campus Classification Officer may file a written appeal with the Residency Appeals Committee within fifteen (15) working days. This appeal should present any and all information upon which the appeal is based and of which the student would like the Committee to be aware. Unless otherwise specifically requested by the Committee, information and arguments not presented by the student to the Campus Classification Officer shall not thereafter be considered on appeal. It is the student’s responsibility to provide complete and timely responses to requests for information by the Committee; failure to do so may result in a denial of the appeal. If an approval is granted, Student Business Services will credit the student’s account for any excess tuition paid. The decision of the Residency Appeals Committee is final and no further appeals will be accepted.

How to Request the Nonresident Exemption for Eligible Maryland High School Graduates

To request a change in residency status based on the Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Eligible Maryland High School Graduates, complete the request and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. Submissions must be made in person, by mail or via my UMBC Help (faxes will not be accepted) by the last date of late registration in the semester.  Please be aware that tax returns submitted must be the Comptroller’s copies of tax returns.