Undergraduate Admissions

Residency Requirements

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's Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes. The individual seeking in-state tuition status shall have the burden of proving that he or she satisfies 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 it.

The initial determination for in-state residency will be based on the responses you provide in your application for admission. If you wish to change your residency classification to in-state status, you must file a Petition for In-State Residency Form (PDF). This form must be submitted by the last day to register for the term at Towson University.

In-State Tuition Criteria

In order to be considered a Maryland resident for tuition purposes, students applying to Towson University need to complete Section 11 of the online application. If you have applied as a new undergraduate student and have not completed this form, please do so. The form can be found online as part of your application or you can print and complete the Section 11 Form (PDF). This form can be scanned and emailed to admissions@towson.edu or mailed to University Admissions at 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252. You may also fax documents to 410-704-3030. Your timely response is necessary to make sure we can make the appropriate tuition determination for you. Receipt of documentation does not guarantee that an applicant will be granted in-state tuition.


The University System of Maryland requires that certain criteria be met to qualify for in-state tuition. Applicants who do not qualify are eligible to petition for residency through the University System of Maryland residency petition form which must be submitted with required documentation. Please note the deadline to petition is the last day of drop/add for the term you wish to be considered.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


Students with DACA status who meet the eligibility criteria are considered as "non-residents who temporarily qualify for in-state status" under BOR VIII.-2.70 Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes. Find out more about eligibility criteria.


Maryland Dream Act


Students who qualify under the Maryland "Dream Act" criteria for an exemption from the out-of-state tuition differential are not classified as a Maryland resident for admission or tuition purposes. In order to qualify for the exemption under the Dream Act, students must meet all of the eligibility criteria.





University Admissions

Phone: 410-704-2113
Fax: 410-704-3030
Campus Tours: 410-704-4696

Office Location

Office of Admissions
7800 York Road, 2nd Floor

University Codes

SAT: 5404
ACT: 1718
FAFSA: 002099