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, most often you will always be an out-of-state-student, barring very specific changes in circumstances.  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:

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:

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.