With low in-state tuition rates, Maryland residents can take advantage of an affordable education at University of Maryland Global Campus.

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.

Non-Resident Tuition Exemption

With the passage of the Maryland Dream Act, students with non-resident status who graduated from a Maryland high school after the 2007-2008 school year and completed 60 credits or an associate's degree at a Maryland community college may be eligible for an exemption allowing them to pay in-state tuition rates. Review the full non-resident tuition exemption eligibility criteria.

How to Request an Exemption

Your request must be submitted no later than the last day of registration for a semester or session (earlier is preferable) to be considered for in-state status for that semester or session.

  1. If you haven't already, apply to UMGC. You must be admitted to UMGC before filing a request for an exemption from non-resident tuition.
  2. Download and complete the Nonresident Tuition Exemption form. You will submit this form to UMGC with your supporting documentation.
  3. Gather the following supporting documentation:
    • High school transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable)
    • Community college transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable)
    • Documentation from your community college verifying you received a non-resident tuition exemption at that institution (a memo on letterhead or copies of your bill from each term is acceptable)
    • Copy of the affidavit submitted to your community college stating that you will apply for permanent residency within 30 days of becoming eligible to do so (not required if the student is a U.S. citizen)
    • Copies of Maryland tax returns submitted by you or your parent/legal guardian for each year since your first year at a Maryland high school (comptroller's copies required)
    • Copy of selective service registration card, if applicable
  4. Submit the Nonresident Tuition Exemption form and your supporting documentation by e-mail to residency@umuc.edu or fax to 240-684-2153 (Attn: Residency Staff).

Determination of Eligibility

Your submission will be reviewed by the residency staff, and you will be notified of your eligibility determination. Students applying for the exemption may be required to pay out-of-state tuition if the student registers for a class that begins before UMGC has determined eligibility for the exemption. If UMGC grants the request for an exemption, any differential will be refunded to the student for the current semester.

In the event the University discovers that false or misleading information has been provided, the Student Applicant may be billed by the University retroactively to recover the difference between in-state and out-of‐state tuition for the current and subsequent semesters.

Continued Eligibility

If you are eligible for the exemption, it will be applicable as long as you continue to fulfill the eligibility requirements or until the university no longer offers this exemption.

To maintain eligibility for this exemption, you will be required to submit a copy of your or your parent/legal guardian's Maryland state tax return for each year that you attend UMGC. Documentation should be e-mailed to residency@umuc.edu or faxed to 240-684-2153 (Attn: Residency Staff).

Bridget Akintunde, MS, Health Care Administration

I chose UMGC because it was convenient to my schedule and had very affordable tuition and fees.

Bridget Akintunde