Maryland Residency Information

A determination of in-state status for purposes of admission, tuition and fees is made upon admission and remains in effect until successfully challenged through the residency appeal process. The Residency Form must be completed in order to be determined.

Defining “In-State” Status

UMES, 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.


How to File a Petition

Students may request reevaluation of residency status by filing a petition and providing documentation by the first day of classes for the semester in which the student wishes to be classified as in-state.

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