The basis for determining in-state tuition rates rests upon whether a student is a legal resident of Maryland and whether that student meets the requirements of the University System of Maryland.
New incoming students in their first term should contact Admissions for information about initial residency classification.
Students who have completed their first term.
The deadline for petition submission with all accompanying documents is the final day of the add/drop period in the term for which you are applying for in-state tuition.
Students wishing to understand their status, or change it, are responsible for becoming familiar with the complete USM classification policy. Overviews provided here do not supersede or amend any part of the classification policy.
Neither an out-of-state nor an in-state status classification is permanent. After a minimum of one term’s attendance, an out-of-state student may petition the Registrar’s In-State Residency Office to request a change to in-state status.
Reclassifications of status must be made by the established deadline of the semester for which they are to take effect. A change to in-state status is not retroactive.
Should a petition be denied, an appeal may be filed with the Residency Tuition Review Committee. Instructions on appeals are provided at the time a petition is denied.
Students have an obligation to inform Towson University of personal circumstances which may make them ineligible for continued in-state status.
Consideration for in-state residency tuition is separate from a student’s ability to be considered a Maryland resident.
The following criteria must be met for the 12 consecutive months immediately prior to and including the last day to drop or add courses of the term for which in-state residency is requested. Documentation is required to prove all criteria has been met for the requisite time period.
There are 9 criteria. They may be condensed as follows:
You must read the full USM policy to learn the details of each requirement. The USM
policy can also be found in the Towson University catalog.
A key element for determination of in-state residency for tuition purposes is providing proof of your financial dependence or independence upon a Maryland resident.
According to USM policy, being financially dependent on a person who is not a resident of Maryland, classifies you as out-of-state for tuition purposes. You are presumed to be residing in Maryland primarily for the purpose of attending an educational institution.
You must then prove your financial independence by presenting evidence that you provide 50% or more of your own living and educational expenses.
See Part II.B of the USM policy for more information on the presumptions regarding in or out-of-state status.
There are no exceptions on the basis of financial hardship.
However, there are certain groups the USM policy assigns in-state status regardless of the 9 criteria.
See the policy itself, Part IV, to learn the full criteria for these exceptions, referred to as temporary qualification of non-residents for in-state status.
Towson University is required to adhere to the University System of Maryland (USM) criteria. Your community college may have had a different set of required criteria to meet.
Generally speaking, no. However there are exceptions.
Among the 9 criteria set forth by the University System of Maryland is the “legal ability under federal and Maryland law to live permanently and without interruption in Maryland.”
Non-US citizens who may meet this ability & may be eligible for in-state status are permanent residents, certain VISA types (F1 & J1 visas do not qualify), DACA & the Maryland Dream Act students.