Residency for Tuition Purposes

There are different tuition rates for Utah residents and for nonresidents, based on the Utah State Law, 53B-8-102 and the Board of Regents R512, Policies and Procedures. Your initial residency classification is made when you are admitted and will be included in your Official Letter of Acceptance. If you are classified as a Nonresident but feel you should qualify for resident status, you may submit an Application for Residency Reclassification with the appropriate supporting documents. 

Students who have been classified as Nonresidents and who plan to apply for reclassification must read the following:


Nonresident students who are eligible for a reclassification of their residency status must complete the reclassification application or the certification form. The form must be submitted to Office of Admissions with the appropriate supporting documents. The forms are found at:

Term Deadlines to Establish Domiciliary Ties

Applicants are required to take overt steps to prove their intent to make Utah their permanent residence. For example, a person that holds a valid driver's license from any state must replace it with a Utah driver's license. Or if they have no driver's license, they must get a Utah ID card. These ties must be established by the deadlines listed below, which are earlier than the deadline to submit the application/certification packet to the Office of Admissions:

Summer Term February 1
Fall Semester May 1
Spring Semester October 1

Term Deadlines to Submit Application / Certification Forms

Complete one of the following:

Applications for reclassification are accepted for all three academic terms. Students must submit the reclassification application or the certification form by the appropriate term deadline.

Summer Term April 1
Fall Semester July 1
Spring Semester November 1

If you are applying for Utah Resident-based scholarships and your scholarship deadline is prior to June 1, please indicate at the top of your residency application that you are requesting a "Priority Rush" evaluation for resident scholarship consideration. If you have not heard from our office within two weeks of submitting a "Rush" request, please contact our office to determine the status of your application.

Special Information for:

Exceptions to the General Rule of the Law (the One Year Rule)

There are a number of exceptions in the Board of Regents Policies and Procedures R512 that may make you eligible to waive the time requirement (undergraduate students) or the credit hours requirement (graduate students) and qualify for resident status immediately. Some examples include members of certain American Indian Tribes, certain military personnel and military veterans, and marriage to a Utah resident. You will also find information on how to apply for these exceptions in the University of Utah Institutional Policy.

Students at other Utah State Colleges/Universities

The University of Utah honors the resident status determination by other Utah System Higher Education institutions unless one of the following applies:

  • The student never attended the other USHE school as a resident student; or
  • The resident classification was obtained under false pretense; or
  • The facts at the time of the granting of residency have significantly changed.

If a student has attended another Utah school within the past year as a resident; and if the student wishes to carry this resident status as he/she transfers to the University of Utah, the student must complete the Certification form and obtain a letter from the other Utah school verifying their attendance and resident classification at the previous USHE institution. These documents must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the appropriate term deadline.

Medical & Dental Students

The University of Utah maintains different residency requirements for graduate students in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

  • Nonresident students admitted to the School of Medicine or to the School of Dentistry are not eligible for residency reclassification once they begin their Medical/Dental School studies, and will pay tuition at the out-of-state tuition rate for the duration of their medical/dental school studies even during approved “Leaves of Absence.”
  • A student admitted to either the Medical or the Dental graduate program may qualify for residency under the general rule of the law (twelve continuous months of physical presence in Utah, financial independence, and the establishment of significant ties to prove resident student status) if the eligibility is granted prior to the first day of the student’s admit semester for either program.
  • Failure to qualify for residency prior to the beginning of a student’s admit term will result in the student maintaining the nonresident classification throughout their medical or dental school studies. This University institutional residency policy supersedes all other means of qualifying for residency reclassification as outlined in the Board of Regents Policy R512 with the exception of the “Military Service” Exceptions found in R512.6.

U.S. Military Personnel, Reservists, and Veterans

The Utah Residency Law allows exceptions for certain military service members, reservists, National Guard, military veterans, and in most cases, the military service member’s immediate family, to qualify for residency immediately. Review “EXCEPTIONS TO THE POLICY” section in the University Institutional Policy brochure for more details.

Religious/Humanitarian Service Outside of Utah

Students planning to leave Utah for religious or humanitarian service may be allowed to retain their Utah residency after they return. If you were classified as a Resident prior to leaving, then your Resident status will continue to apply when you return, as long as you return to Utah within thirty days of the end of your service period.

If you leave Utah before you have been granted residency for tuition purposes, you will have to start the 12 consecutive-month requirement over when you return to Utah. (You cannot split the 12 months before and after your service period.)

Residency for non-citizens

Foreign nationals who have been granted legal immigrant or permanent U.S. resident status are classified for purposes of resident status according to the same criteria applicable to U.S. citizens. These students will be required to provide a copy of their Permanent Resident/Resident Alien card with the residency reclassification application. Residency reclassification will not be granted without proof of permanent resident status in the United States.

Immigrant with Refugee or Asylum Status Placed Directly in Utah

An immigrant, not otherwise qualified as a resident, is immediately eligible, upon establishing a Utah domicile, to apply for resident student status, if he or she is placed involuntarily in Utah as part of a United States or Utah government relocation program for foreign refugees fleeing civil war, religious or racial persecution, political oppression, or other legitimate reasons. This does not apply to refugees or those with asylum statuses who are originally placed in another state and subsequently move to Utah voluntarily.

Students applying for reclassification based on having been placed directly in Utah, for non-educational reasons, will be required to provide a letter from the agency that assisted in their move to Utah, such as the International Rescue Committee, as well as proving they have established a domicile in Utah (see R512-5.2).

Students that are Refugees or on Asylum status, that were placed in another U. S. state and then voluntarily moved to Utah, are classified for purposes of resident status according to the same criteria applicable to U.S. citizens. These students will be required to provide proof of their refugee or asylum status with the residency reclassification application.

Last Updated: 5/15/15