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, most often you will always be an out-of-state-student, barring very specific changes in circumstances, which could qualify you for an exception to the residency policy (for complete details on what constitutes a qualifying change in circumstances/exception, please review the Residency Classification Worksheet linked further down on this page). It is important to note that someone typically 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 at 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 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, Massachusetts driver’s license.
If you feel you have had a qualifying change in circumstances since your original classification, or feel you have cause to request a reclassification review in general, please follow these steps:
- Carefully review the full Massachusetts Rules and Regulations Governing Residency Status for Students for Tuition Purposes. This document will help you determine if you may be eligible for a reclassification. (Note: if one of the specific categories outlined in section 3.2/a apply to you, contact us for further information).
- Complete the Residency Classification Worksheet
- Prepare a cover letter clearly describing how your situation meets the Massachusetts state requirements for residency.
- Complete the Residency Reclassification Application
- Submit all including any supporting documentation. Required supporting documentation includes home ownership or lease materials and MA state and federal tax returns. Requests should be submitted to Kelly McLaughlin, Assistant Registrar, Registrar’s Office, 4th floor, Campus Center.
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.