Office of the Registrar

Residency Reclassification

Your Residency Status

Residency, in-state versus out-of-state, for the purpose of calculating charges, is determined at the time of admission (or reentry into the university as applicable), based primarily upon the information you provide.  A student’s residency status typically does not change for the duration of their studies at UMass Boston.  If you were determined to be an out-of-state student upon admission, you will always be an out-of-state-student, barring very specific changes in circumstances*.  It is important to note that someone may not establish residency while enrolled in a course of study.  Residency must be established prior to enrollment, barring certain very specific circumstances.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education sets the rules regarding eligibility for in-state tuition rates as all Massachusetts public institutions.  To be considered a Massachusetts resident, eligible for in-state tuition costs, you must meet all three of the following conditions:

  • You must be a US citizen, permanent resident, eligible lawful immigrant as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education guidelines, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
  • You (or your parent if you are a dependent/unemancipated student) must have lived in Massachusetts for the 12 months immediately preceding your enrollment at a state university or at the University of Massachusetts.  You must provide acceptable documentation of such.  You do not qualify for in-state status if you have been living in Massachusetts as a college student.
  • You (or your parent if you are a dependent/unemancipated student) must intend to make Massachusetts your permanent home, and be able to document such. Required documents include, but may not be limited to:  a lease or home ownership documentation, federal income tax returns, Massachusetts resident income tax returns, driver’s license.

If you feel you have a change in circumstances* and wish to submit a request for a residency reclassification, please follow these steps:

Deadlines:  Reclassification requests must be submitted by the last day of the add/drop period of a given semester. Retroactive requests to previous semesters cannot be considered.

Please remember that in-state tuition is a benefit for permanent Massachusetts residents valued at approximately $10,000.00 per year.  Simply living in Massachusetts, even filing taxes, or owning a vacation property, does not automatically qualify someone for in-state status.