Qualifying for In-State Tuition
To determine whether a student qualifies for in-state or out-of-state tuition, Towson
University follows guidelines established by the University System of Maryland Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes (PDF). Individuals seeking in-state tuition status shall have the burden of proving that
they satisfy all requirements of this policy, and in-state or out-of-state status
will be assigned by the university upon review of the facts known or presented to
The initial determination for in-state residency will be based on the information
you provide at the time you complete your application. Contact University Admissions
at 410-704-2113 if you have questions.
Changing Your Residency Status
New applicants who do not initially qualify for in-state residency can petition the
tuition review committee for consideration. Please email TUResidency AT_TOWSON to obtain the instructions and petition form. Official Comptroller copies of your Maryland income tax returns are required, so please
allow extra time to meet this requirement. The deadline to petition is the last day of drop/add for the term you wish to be considered.
After the first term of attendance, students who wish to change their residency status
should contact the Office of the Registrar to obtain a Petition for In-State Residency, 410-704-3104.
Towson University does not taken into account the citizenship of applicants for admission
purposes. All applications are evaluated on merit and space availability within programs.
Citizenship is never used to displace students from space within the university. It
is however used when determining tuition and aid. Students who are non-U.S. citizens
should fill out the regular admission application. F-1 or J-1 students should fill
out the international admissions application. Contact University Admissions at 410-704-2113
or Admissions AT_TOWSON for more information.
Undocumented Students—Maryland Dream Act
The Maryland Dream Act provides graduates of Maryland high schools who are undocumented
immigrants the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates. Students must meet certain
requirements. To apply for Dream Act status and view all requirements, please complete
the Dream Application (PDF) and return it to University Admissions prior to the start of the term. For more information,
contact Claire Keaton at 410-704-2113 or ckeaton AT_TOWSON.
Undocumented Students—DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protects eligible immigrant
youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA
students can temporarily qualify for in-state tuition if they submit the approval
notification of their Deferred Action status (I-797, notice of action) to University
Admissions prior to the start of the term. Deferred Action status must be held for
12 consecutive months prior to the start of the term to be eligible for in-state tuition
rates. If this status is not held for 12 months, students should submit their application
receipt to assist with establishing 12 months. For more information, contact Claire
Keaton at 410-704-2113 or ckeaton AT_TOWSON.
Applying for DACA and renewal requirements
View information about how to apply for DACA and DACA renewal from the Department of Homeland Security. You can apply for your DACA renewal 150
to 120 days prior to the expiration date. If you apply for renewal in this time range,
you should receive an approval notice and new work permit before your current one
Resources for Undocumented Students
Aid for Undocumented Students
The FAFSA is used primarily to apply for federal aid, including federal student loans,
state aid, and need-based institutional aid. Undocumented students, including DACA
and Dream Act students, are not eligible to receive federal aid, grants or scholarships
from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, or need-based grants from Towson University.
Information about other aid options for undocumented students is available from TU’s Financial Aid Office.