Residency Requirements

Find out if you qualify for in-state or out-of-state tuition rates.  

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. 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 it.

Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes.

USM Policy

Petition for Change in Classification for Tuition Purposes.

In-State Residency

Initial Residency Determination

The initial determination for in-state residency will be based on the information you provide at the time you complete your application. Students should refer to their admission decision letter for their initial residency determination.  

If supporting evidence is requested, please send to , fax to 410-704-3030, deliver to our office (2nd Floor Enrollment Services Lobby), or mail to Towson University Admissions, Attention: Residency, 8000 York Road, Towson MD 21252.

Complete this form if requested on your admission letter.

Residency Determination Form

Changing Your Residency Status

New applicants who do not initially qualify for in-state residency can petition the tuition review committee for consideration. Please complete the above petition if your admission letter states that you do not meet all criteria for in-state consideration. If you have any questions about petitioning your initial residency determination, please email  The petition process requires extensive documentation including official comptroller copies of your Maryland income tax returns, so please allow extra time to gather all necessary support. The deadline to petition is the last day of drop/add for the term you wish to be considered.

Current Towson University Students

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 at  or 410-704-3104.

Non-U.S. Citizens

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 complete a freshman, transfer or graduate admission application. 

Contact University Admissions at 410-704-2113 or  for more information.