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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.

If you have questions regarding your residency classification after reading through the information below, please contact our residency specialist.

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University System of Maryland Policy Newly Admitted Undergraduate Students Continuing Undergraduate Students

University System of Maryland (USM) Policy

Defining In-State Residency 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.


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


  • 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.


Newly Admitted Undergraduate Students

For newly admitted undergraduate students temporarily classified as out-of-state (in accordance with the USM Board of Regents’ policy) due to missing information on the residency section of your Undergraduate Admissions Application, please complete this form and return to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation as soon as soon as possible prior to enrollment.

Current Continuing Students

Current continuing students who wish to seek a change to their residency status determination are to follow the steps below:

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 (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.

The review of the petition and an initial determination of the status may take up to six (6) weeks from the time a completed application is received, not including subsequent appeals. While petitions are under review, petitioners are required to make full tuition payment at the out-of state rate. If the University determines that the petitioner meets all of the requirements for in-state residency, the petitioner’s classification will be changed and a refund or account credit will be issued as appropriate

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.