Tuition: Why is tuition charged at in-state or out-of-state rates when classes are offered online?

Student residency status for tuition purposes is not related to the format in which classes are delivered.

For University System of Maryland (USM) institutions, residency status is determined by whether students meet each of the Maryland residency requirements for at least 12 months or whether they are in a category that allows them to be classified as in-state, despite not meeting all of the residency requirements for at least 12 months, e.g., a University System of Maryland employee is classified as in-state.