With low in-state tuition rates, Maryland residents can take advantage of an affordable education at University of Maryland University College.
After you complete the residency questionnaire on the application for admission, we'll determine whether you should be classified as an in-state or out-of-state/non-resident student for tuition purposes.
Requirements for In-State Status
To qualify for in-state status, you must meet the requirements in the University System of Maryland Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes.
Below are the basic requirements that must be met for a request for classification to in-state status to be considered. Students must comply with all of the following requirements for a period of at least 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.
There are nine criteria. They can be summarized as follows:
- Owning or renting and continuously occupying living quarters in Maryland
- Having substantially all personal property in Maryland
- Paying Maryland income tax on all taxable income
- Registering all vehicles in Maryland
- If licensed, possessing a valid Maryland driver's license
- If registered, being registered to vote in Maryland
- Receiving no public assistance from a state other than Maryland or from a city, county, or municipal agency other than one in Maryland
- Having the legal ability under the law to live permanently and without interruption in Maryland
- Rebutting the presumption that he or she is in Maryland primarily to attend an educational institution
In-State Tuition Eligibility for Veterans
Maryland state law requires public institutions of higher education in Maryland to classify a veteran as in-state if the veteran was honorably discharged and resides in or is domiciled in Maryland.
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 requires public institutions of higher education to classify veterans and their spouses and dependent children as in-state if all of the following requirements are met:
- The veteran or the veteran's spouse or dependent child lives in the state in which the institution is headquartered;
- The veteran served at least ninety (90) days in the military;
- The veteran was discharged less than three (3) years prior to when the student enrolls; and
- The student is using Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill active-duty benefits.
Additionally, for courses with a start date on or after March 1, 2019, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018 requires public institutions of higher education to classify veterans as in-state if all of the following requirements are met:
- The veteran lives in the state in which the institution is headquartered; and
- The veteran is using Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits.