Residency Classification

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
 should contact Admissions for information about initial residency classification.

deadlines for petition submission

Deadlines for In-State Residency Petition Submission

Currently enrolled students only

  • Minimester 2019 - January 3
  • Spring 2019 - February 5
  • Fall 2019 - September 4

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.

USM Classification Policy

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.

Catalog Reference - Residency Classification

Classification Status  

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.

reclassification of 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.

petitions denied

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.

ineligible for continued in-state status

Students have an obligation to inform Towson University of personal circumstances which may make them ineligible for continued in-state status.