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Residency for Tuition Purposes: All Policies & Exceptions

Mandatory Reading for All Residency Reclassification Applicants

  1. University of Utah Institutional Policy on Residency Determination for Tuition Purposes
  2. Board of Regents R512 Policies and Procedures
  3. Utah State Law, 53B-8-102

There are different tuition rates for Utah residents and non-residents based on Utah State Law, 53B-8-102 and Board of Regents R512 Policy.

Your initial residency classification will be determined when your admissions application is reviewed.

  • Your official letter of acceptance will include your classification.
  • If you are classified as a non-resident but meet the requirements for a policy or exception for resident status, you may apply to change your status.

The resources listed above describe the various ways in which you may be eligible for in-state (resident) tuition under the provisions of Utah state law.

  • These documents explain the general rule of the law and exceptions that may allow you to waive the time requirement and apply for residency immediately.
  • Review these materials carefully.
  • Non-residents eligible for reclassification must submit a complete reclassification, certification, or military form by the applicable term deadline with all required supporting documentation.

Per University of Utah policy, incoming graduate students, including those in Law programs, may apply under the Undergraduate policy or any other policy if they qualify prior to the start of their graduate studies.

  • Graduate students who begin their graduate program as a non-resident are only eligible to reclassify under the Graduate Policy, which includes completing 40 graduate-level semester hours prior to reclassification.
  • Medical students are held to the School of Medicine policies.
  • Law students are ineligible to reclassify after beginning their program.
  • Dental students admitted as non-residents are ineligible for reclassification at any time.
  • The only exceptions to Graduate, Medical, Law, and Dental residency policy are for students proving eligibility through military or American Indian exceptions, or the House Bill 144 tuition waiver as described below.

Residency Reclassification Application Deadline by Semester

07/01

Fall Semester

11/01

Spring Semester

02/01

Summer Semester

Term Deadlines to Submit Application / Certification / Military Forms

Please submit your residency form by the deadline, after which you can submit proof of physical presence

Please Note: We cannot guarantee a decision by the tuition due date for applications submitted after the deadline.

Domiciliary Tie Establishment Deadline by Semester

05/01

Fall Semester

10/01

Spring Semester

02/01

Summer Semester

All Policies & Exceptions

Undergraduate Policy (One year rule)

The Undergraduate Policy applies to most students looking to reclassify their residency status at the University of Utah.

Students must meet ALL of the following requirements and submit an application and all necessary documentation by the specified deadlines.

  • Students must hold U.S. citizenship, granted permanent residency, or granted asylum or refugee status.
    • Status cannot be expired, removed or in-process.
    • Students with granted permanent residency or granted asylum or refugee status must submit valid and unexpired documentation.
    • Students on visas are not eligible for residency reclassification but may qualify for a tuition waiver.
  • Students must relinquish domiciliary ties (driver’s license, voter registration, and vehicle registration) held in any other state and established them in Utah by the Utah tie deadline.
    • Students must submit a valid Utah driver’s license.
    • Students must submit proof of active Utah voter registration via their voter registration card or a certified letter from the County Clerk’s office.
      • Students with granted permanent resident status are exempt from this requirement and can submit a secondary Utah tie.
    • If the student has a vehicle registered in their name, it must be registered in Utah and the student must submit valid and unexpired vehicle registration.
  • Students must submit verification of financial independence showing that they are not claimed as a dependent on the federal tax return of any person who is not a resident of Utah.
    • Students who are under the age of 24 and not married must submit the first two pages of their federal tax return for the most recent tax year verifying that they were not claimed as a tax dependent by out-of-state parents/guardians.
    • Students who did not file their own federal taxes must submit a copy of their out-of-state parents’ or guardians’ federal tax return(s) for the most recent tax year verifying that they did not claim the student as a dependent.
  • Students must submit proof of their physical presence in the state of Utah for at least the 12 continuous months immediately prior to the first day of class for the academic term they wish to be considered a resident student, with fewer than 29 days total unproven/out-of-state.
    • Accepted methods of proof include the following:
      • In-person enrollment at the University of Utah or another Utah institution through transcripts
      • Employment with a Utah employer through dated pay stubs for each date range the student wishes to prove, or through a signed and dated employer letter on letterhead specifying the dates of employment
      • Bank or credit card statements in the student’s name only showing a purchase made in person, in the state of Utah, every six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • Physical Presence Check-Ins at the Residency office once every six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove, during Office of Admissions business hours only
          • For this method, the student must be admitted and eligible to enroll
          • The student requesting resident status must bring two forms of photo ID
            • The first form of ID must be a UCard with the requesting student’s name, photo and UNID
            • The second form of ID can be one of the following provided that it has the requesting student’s name and photo:
              • Valid and unexpired driver’s license
              • Valid and unexpired state ID
              • Valid and unexpired permanent resident card
              • Valid and unexpired passport
      • Gym records in the student’s name and with the name and contact information for the gym, showing visits to a Utah gym in person every six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • In some cases, a signed and dated letter on letterhead from a religious, volunteer, or educational leader or a coach, doctor or therapist specifying the dates of presence in Utah may be used (subject to review)
    • The following CANNOT be used to demonstrate proof of physical presence (this list is not exhaustive):
      • Utah utility bills
      • Utah leases or rental agreements
      • W-2s
      • Presence of Utah property
      • Personal statements
      • Letters from friends/parents/landlords
      • Records from apps such as DoorDash, UberEats, Uber, Lyft, Venmo, etc
      • Photographs or images of people/locations
      • Social media posts
    • Any form of proof of physical presence in Utah submitted is subject to review; acceptance is not guaranteed.
    • Students are expected to report any days they leave the state of Utah.
    • Any days that a student cannot prove their presence in Utah by one of the accepted methods will count against the 29 day total.

Graduate Policy

The Graduate Policy applies to most graduate students who have started their graduate programs and are looking to reclassify their residency status at the University of Utah, except for medical, law and dental students.

  • See the Institutional Policy for specific policies for these schools.

The Graduate Policy supersedes all other policies except for military exceptions, American Indian exceptions, and House Bills 118 and 144.

Students must meet ALL of the following requirements and submit an application and all necessary documentation by the specified deadlines.

  • Students must hold U.S. citizenship, granted permanent residency, or granted asylum or refugee status.
    • Status cannot be expired, removed or in-process.
    • Students with granted permanent residency or granted asylum or refugee status must submit valid and unexpired documentation.
    • Students on visas are not eligible for residency reclassification but may qualify for a tuition waiver; visit admissions.utah.edu/tuitionwaivers for more information.
  • Students must complete at least 40 graduate credit hours prior to the requested term of reclassification.
    • All hours must be graduate credit hours, and must be completed at the University of Utah.
    • Withdrawn, failed or dropped courses will not count towards the 40 credit requirement.
  • Students must relinquish domiciliary ties (driver’s license, voter registration, and vehicle registration) held in any other state and established them in Utah by the Utah tie deadline.
    • Students must submit a valid Utah driver’s license.
    • Students must submit proof of active Utah voter registration via their voter registration card or a certified letter from the County Clerk’s office.
      • Students with granted permanent resident status are exempt from this requirement and can submit a secondary Utah tie.
    • If the student has a vehicle registered in their name, it must be registered in Utah and the student must submit valid and unexpired vehicle registration.
  • Students must submit verification of financial independence showing that they are not claimed as a dependent on the federal tax return of any person who is not a resident of Utah.
    • Students who are under the age of 24 and not married must submit the first two pages of their federal tax return for the most recent tax year verifying that they were not claimed as a tax dependent by out-of-state parents or guardians.
    • Students who did not file their own federal taxes must submit a copy of their out-of-state parents’ or guardians’ federal tax return(s) for the most recent tax year verifying that they did not claim the student as a dependent.
  • Students must submit proof of their physical presence in the state of Utah for at least the 12 continuous months immediately prior to the first day of class for the academic term they wish to be considered a resident student, with fewer than 29 days total unproven/out-of-state.
    • Accepted methods of proof include the following:
      • In-person enrollment at the University of Utah or another Utah institution through transcripts
      • Employment with a Utah employer through dated pay stubs for each date range the student wishes to prove, or through a signed and dated employer letter on letterhead specifying the dates of employment
      • Bank or credit card statements in the student’s name only showing a purchase made in person, in the state of Utah, every six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • Physical Presence Check-Ins at the Residency office once every six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove, during Office of Admissions business hours only
          • For this method, the student must be admitted and eligible to enroll
          • The student requesting resident status must bring two forms of photo ID
            • The first form of ID must be a UCard with the requesting student’s name, photo and UNID
            • The second form of ID can be one of the following provided that it has the requesting student’s name and photo:
              • Valid and unexpired driver’s license
              • Valid and unexpired state ID
              • Valid and unexpired permanent resident card
              • Valid and unexpired passport
      • Gym records in the student’s name and with the name and contact information for the gym, showing visits to a Utah gym in person every six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • In some cases, a signed and dated letter on letterhead from a religious, volunteer, or educational leader or a coach, doctor or therapist specifying the dates of presence in Utah may be used (subject to review)
    • The following CANNOT be used to demonstrate proof of physical presence (this list is not exhaustive):
      • Utah utility bills
      • Utah leases or rental agreements
      • W-2s
      • Presence of Utah property
      • Personal statements
      • Letters from friends/parents/landlords
      • Records from apps such as DoorDash, UberEats, Uber, Lyft, Venmo, etc
      • Photographs or images of people/locations
      • Social media posts
    • Any form of proof of physical presence in Utah submitted is subject to review; acceptance is not guaranteed.
    • Students are expected to report any days they leave the state of Utah.
    • Any days that a student cannot prove their presence in Utah by one of the accepted methods will count against the 29 day total.

Marriage to a Utah Resident

To qualify for this policy, the spouse of the requesting student must have been a Utah resident for at least 12 continuous months prior to the date of the marriage.

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copies of the requesting student’s valid Utah driver’s license, active voter registration, and, if applicable, valid vehicle registration
  • Copy of the student’s marriage certificate verifying the date of the marriage
  • Copy of the Utah resident spouse’s Utah state income tax return for the tax year prior to the year of the marriage
    • If the spouse did not file state tax return because their parent(s) claimed the individual as a tax dependent, provide a copy of the spouse’s parents’ federal and state tax return(s) for the tax year prior to the year of marriage.
  • Copy of the Utah spouse’s valid Utah driver’s license

A Dependent Child with a Parent Domiciled in Utah for at Least Twelve Continuous Months

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the parents’ federal tax return for the most recent tax year showing the requesting student as a tax dependent of one of their parents (claiming parent does not need to be the Utah parent)
  • Copy of the Utah parent’s Utah state tax return for the most recent tax year
  • Copy of the Utah parent’s Utah valid driver’s license
  • Copy of the Utah parent’s Utah valid vehicle registration

Your Move to Utah was for Full-time Permanent Employment (Including cases where the employment is for a spouse or parent)

To qualify for this policy, the Residency office must see that the offer of Utah employment came prior to the requesting student’s earliest admissions application to the University of Utah.

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copies of the requesting student’s valid Utah driver’s license, active voter registration, and, if applicable, valid vehicle registration
  • Signed and dated letter on company letterhead from the Utah employer verifying the full-time employment, including hire date and verification of employer-requested job transfer or recruitment
  • If the requesting student is single and 23 years of age or younger, they must provide proof that you were not claimed as a tax dependent by out-of-state parents or guardians on their federal tax return for the most recent tax year
  • For parent employment, the requesting student must provide a copy of their parents’ or guardians’ federal tax return for the most recent tax year verifying they were claimed as a dependent

Extenuating Circumstances (Such as divorce, death or spouse, long-term health care responsibilities of family members, or refugee placed directly in Utah)

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copies of the requesting student’s valid Utah driver’s license, active voter registration, and, if applicable, valid vehicle registration
  • Documentation of the extenuating circumstance
    • Specific circumstances that qualify are listed in R512, Determination of Resident Status.
    • All relevant evidence concerning the motivation for the move shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Proof of refugee status for refugees placed directly in Utah (INS Document Number I-94) and written confirmation from the agency that assisted their move to Utah, such as the International Rescue Committee or Catholic Community Services of Utah

Utah Resident Away for School

To qualify for this policy, the requesting student must have been a resident of Utah for at least 12 continuous months prior to leaving the state for educational purposes.

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copies of the requesting student’s valid Utah driver’s license, active voter registration, and, if applicable, valid vehicle registration
  • Verification of the requesting student’s residency status at the out-of-state school and payment of non-resident tuition
  • Copy of the requesting student’s Utah state tax return for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state
    • If the requesting student was required to complete Form TC40-B, they must provide a copy of it.
    • If the requesting student did not file a tax return and is a tax dependent of Utah parents, they must provide copies of the Utah parents’ federal tax return and Utah state tax return for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state.

Utah Resident Away for Government Volunteer Service or Ecclesiastical Service

To qualify for this policy, the requesting student must have been a resident of Utah for at least 12 continuous months prior to leaving the state for ecclesiastical or volunteer purposes.

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copies of the requesting student’s valid Utah driver’s license, active voter registration, and, if applicable, valid vehicle registration
  • Letter from the ecclesiastical or volunteer organization verifying the requesting student’s dates of service
  • Copy of the requesting student’s Utah state tax return for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state.
    • If the requesting student was required to complete Form TC40-B, they must provide a copy of it
    • If the requesting student did not file a tax return and is a tax dependent of Utah parents, they must provide copies of the Utah parents’ federal tax return and Utah state tax return for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state.

Utah Resident Away for Temporary Employment

To qualify for this policy, the requesting student must have been a resident of Utah for at least 12 continuous months prior to leaving the state for temporary employment.

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copies of the requesting student’s valid Utah driver’s license, active voter registration, and, if applicable, valid vehicle registration
  • Letter from the requesting student explaining the nature of the temporary employment and reason for doing this employment out of Utah (additional documentation may be requested)
  • Copy of the requesting student’s most Utah state tax return for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state.
    • If the requesting student was required to complete Form TC40-B, they must provide a copy of it
    • If the requesting student did not file a tax return and is a tax dependent of Utah parents, they must provide copies of the Utah parents’ federal tax return and Utah state tax return for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state.

School of Medicine Students

Initial Residency Classification

Initial residency classification for MD and MD-PhD programs is completed at the time of application evaluation.

Residency status is determined by the state of legal residence listed by the student on AMCAS.

Students are required to fill out the Utah Residency Application as part of the secondary application if any of the following apply:

  • List Utah as their legal state residence on their AMCAS application
  • Have graduated from a Utah high school, college, or university
  • Enlisted in the military
  • Have American Indian heritage

The School of Medicine Utah Residency Application requires submission of the following information but is not limited to:

  • Driver’s license/state ID
  • Tax information
  • Activities for the past 3 years
  • Military experience
  • American Indian heritage

If information gathered by the Utah Residency Application is not sufficient to approve Utah residency, a preliminary non-resident status may be assigned.

Applicants who meet all in-state residency requirements at the time of acceptance, listed Utah as their legal state of residency on AMCAS, and were initially classified as a non-resident at time of application, may be eligible to petition for in-state classification with the Residency division in the Office of Admissions upon admittance.

Students wishing to appeal their first year residency status must receive written approval from the School of Medicine prior to requesting a status change with the Residency office.

Varying documentation proving Utah residency may be requested by the Residency Office, including but not limited to:

  • Driver’s license/state ID
  • Voter registration
  • Federal and state tax information
  • Documentation of past activities (transcripts, pay stubs, etc)
  • Military ties (DD-214, military privilege card, etc)
  • American Indian heritage (Certificate of Blood)

All requests and documentation must be submitted by the specified deadlines.

Change of status is not guaranteed even with approval from the School of Medicine.

Medical students who list a state besides Utah, Idaho, Montana or Wyoming will be classified as non-residents for tuition purposes.

  • This status will be confirmed upon acceptance and cannot be changed for at least the first year of enrollment except in situations where the applicant meets the requirement for a military, American Indian, or Utah high school graduate exception.

Residency Reclassification

The School of Medicine residency reclassification policy applies to students in the MD and MD-PhD programs who enrolled on or after June 1, 2020.

The School of Medicine policy supersedes all other policies except for military exceptions, American Indian exceptions, and House Bills 118 and 144.

Students who indicated residency in Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming are not eligible for residency reclassification.

Students must meet ALL of the following requirements and submit an application and all necessary documentation by the specified deadlines.

  • Students must hold U.S. citizenship, granted permanent residency, or granted asylum or refugee status.
    • Students must hold granted status and cannot have expired, removed or in-process status.
    • Students with granted permanent residency or granted asylum or refugee status must submit valid and unexpired documentation.
    • Students on visas are not eligible for residency reclassification but may qualify for a tuition waiver.
  • Students must complete at least two full time consecutive terms of enrollment at the School of Medicine.
    • All hours must be completed at the University of Utah.
    • Withdrawn, failed or dropped courses will not count towards residency requirements.
  • Students must relinquish domiciliary ties (driver’s license, voter registration, and vehicle registration) held in any other state and established them in Utah by the Utah tie deadline.
    • Students must submit a valid Utah driver’s license.
    • Students must submit proof of active Utah voter registration via their voter registration card or a certified letter from the County Clerk’s office. Students with granted permanent resident status are exempt from this requirement and can submit a secondary Utah tie.
    • If the student has a vehicle registered in their name, it must be registered in Utah and the student must submit valid and unexpired vehicle registration.
  • Students must submit verification of financial independence showing that they are not claimed as a dependent on the federal tax return of any person who is not a resident of Utah.
    • Students who are under the age of 24 and not married must submit the first two pages of their federal tax return for the most recent tax year verifying that they were not claimed as a tax dependent by out-of-state parents or guardians.
    • Students who did not file their own federal taxes must submit a copy of their out of state parents’ or guardians’ federal tax return(s) for the most recent tax year verifying that they did not claim the student as a dependent.
  • Students must submit proof of their physical presence in the state of Utah for at least the 12 continuous months immediately prior to the first day of class for the academic term they wish to be considered a resident student, with fewer than 29 days total unproven/out-of-state.
    • Accepted methods of proof include the following:
      • In-person enrollment at the University of Utah or another Utah institution through transcripts
      • Employment with a Utah employer through dated pay stubs for each date range the student wishes to prove, or through a signed and dated employer letter on letterhead specifying the dates of employment
      • Bank or credit card statements in the student’s name only showing a purchase made in person, in the state of Utah, every six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • Gym records in the student’s name and with the name and contact information for the gym, showing visits to a Utah gym in person every six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • In some cases, a signed and dated letter on letterhead from a religious, volunteer, or educational leader or a coach, doctor or therapist specifying the dates of presence in Utah may be used (subject to review)
    • The following CANNOT be used to demonstrate proof of physical presence (this list is not exhaustive):
      • Utah utility bills
      • Utah leases or rental agreements
      • W-2s
      • Presence of Utah property
      • Personal statements
      • Letters from friends/parents/landlords
      • Records from apps such as DoorDash, UberEats, Uber, Lyft, Venmo, etc
      • Photographs or images of people/locations
      • Social media posts
    • Any form of proof of physical presence in Utah submitted is subject to review; acceptance is not guaranteed.
    • Students are expected to report any days they leave the state of Utah.
    • Any days that a student cannot prove their presence in Utah by one of the accepted methods will count against the 29 day total.

School of Dentistry Students

For dental students, residency status is determined by the state/province of residence as indicated on the AADSAS application.

Dental applicants who indicate Utah as their legal state of residence on AADSAS must qualify for Utah residency through the institutional policy for residency for tuition purposes to be eligible for resident tuition.

Students who indicate any state/province other than Utah as their state of legal residence on AADSAS are not eligible for residency reclassification, except in situations where the student meets the requirement for a military, American Indian, or permitted Utah high school graduate exception.

College of Law Students

Students admitted to the College of Law as non-residents are not eligible for residency reclassification once they begin their studies at the College of Law.

The only exceptions to this policy for non-residents is in situations where the applicant meets the requirement for a military, American Indian, or permitted Utah high school graduate exception.

However, if admitted candidates are initially classified as non-residents and will qualify for Utah resident status under any policy prior to the start of their law studies, they may apply for residency reclassification prior to the start of their law studies but may not do so after courses have commenced.

Certification Form for Resident Exceptions for Tuition Purposes

Please check the sections below to see if you qualify under any of the following exceptions and then complete the Certification Form for Resident Exceptions for Tuition Purposes.

**Please be sure to check the term deadlines.

American Indian Enrolled on the Tribal Rolls of a Tribe Whose Reservation or Trust Lands Lie Partly or Wholly Within Utah or Whose Border Is at Any Point Contiguous With the Border of Utah

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the requesting student’s “Certificate of Blood” document

Qualifying tribes include:

  • Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
  • Navajo Nation (Diné)
  • Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie)
  • Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar City Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, IndianPeaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes)
  • Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah
  • Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation
  • Hopi
  • Zuni
  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribe

Member of a Federally Recognized or Known Utah Tribe That Has Graduated From a Utah High School

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the requesting student’s “Certificate of Blood” document
  • Copy of the requesting student’s high school diploma or official transcript verifying graduation from a Utah high school

Student Who Has Attended Another Utah School (in the Ushe System) Within the Past Year Classified as a Utah Resident for Tuition Purposes

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the requesting student’s valid and unexpired Utah driver’s license
  • Letter sent directly from another Utah institution verifying resident status and dates of enrollment

Utah State Social or Rehabilitation Services Agency Assistance Recipient Receiving Full Tuition and Fees Allowance

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Letter from the requesting student’s Social Services counselor providing official verification that the agency is covering all educational expenses

Participant in Olympic Athlete Training Program in Utah

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Letter from the USOPC verifying the requesting student’s eligibility. Note that this letter MUST come from USOPC and cannot come from a coach or team

Job Corps Student

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Official letter verifying the requesting student’s current participation in Utah Job Corps

Application for in-state Tuition Based Upon Military Service Exceptions

Please check the sections below to see if you qualify under any of the following military exceptions, then complete the Application for In-State Tuition Based Upon Military Service Exceptions:

Application for In-State Tuition Based Upon Military Service Exceptions

U.S. Military Service Member Assigned to Active Duty Within Utah

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the requesting student’s official military orders placing them in Utah on active duty assignment
  • Copy of the requesting student’s current military ID card

An Immediate Family Member of a U.S. Military Service Member Currently Assigned to Active Duty Within the State of Utah

Immediate family member is defined as the current spouse or unmarried dependent child of the U.S. military veteran.

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the official military orders placing the service member in Utah on active duty assignment.
  • Copy of the military service member’s military ID card or a copy of the requesting student’s military privilege card.

U.S. Military Veteran

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the requesting student’s military DD-214 showing both of the following:
    • Proof of honorable or general discharge.
    • At least 180 days of service.
  • Signed written declaration that the requesting student has relinquished residency in any other state and do not maintain any residency ties elsewhere (this declaration can be signed within the Military Service Exception Form.)
  • Objective evidence that the requesting student has demonstrated an intent to establish residency in Utah, which may include any one of the following:
    • Utah voter registration card
    • Utah driver’s license or identification card
    • Utah vehicle registration
    • Evidence of employment in Utah
    • Rental agreement showing the requesting student’s name and Utah address
    • Utility bills showing the requesting student’s name and Utah address

Immediate Family Member of a U.S. Military Veteran

Immediate family member is defined as the current spouse or unmarried dependent child of the U.S. military veteran.

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the U.S. military veteran’s military DD-214 showing both of the following:
    • Proof of honorable or general discharge.
    • At least 180 days of service.
  • Signed written declaration that the requesting student has relinquished residency in any other state and do not maintain any residency ties elsewhere (this declaration can be signed within the Military Service Exception Form.)
  • Objective evidence that the requesting student has demonstrated an intent to establish residency in Utah, which may include any one of the following:
    • Utah voter registration card
    • Utah driver’s license or identification card
    • Utah vehicle registration
    • Evidence of employment in Utah
    • Rental agreement showing the requesting student’s name and Utah address
    • Utility bills showing the requesting student’s name and Utah address
  • If the requesting student is the dependent child of the U.S. military veteran: a copy of the military service member’s most recent federal tax return verifying they claimed the applicant as a tax dependent

Eligible Person Entitled to Benefits Under Title 38 U.S.C., Veterans’ Benefits

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Evidence of eligibility under Title 38 U.S.C., Veteran’s Benefits. Students may obtain verification from the VA or online through the eBenefits account. (If students have questions on how to go about this, the University of Utah Office of the Registrar Veteran Services can assist with this process.)
  • Signed written declaration that the requesting student will utilize G.I. Bill benefits (this declaration can be signed within the Military Service Exception Form.)
  • Objective evidence that you have demonstrated an intent to establish residency in Utah, which may include any one of the following:
    • Utah voter registration card
    • Utah driver’s license or identification card
    • Utah vehicle registration
    • Evidence of employment in Utah
    • Rental agreement showing the requesting student’s name and Utah address
    • Utility bills showing the requesting student’s name and Utah address

An Individual Who Maintains Residency in Utah With an Intent to Return but Who Is Serving on Active Duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and Is Assigned Outside of Utah (Includes Cases Where the Student Is a Spouse or Dependent Child)

Immediate family member is defined as the current spouse or unmarried dependent child of the U.S. military service member.

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

  • Copy of the requesting student/active military service member’s military identification card (if the requesting student is a dependent child or spouse, a copy of the their military privilege card can be submitted instead).
  • Copy of the requesting student/active military service member’s most recent military orders.
  • Objective evidence that the requesting student/active military service member has not relinquished residency ties to Utah, which may include any one of the following:
    • Utah voter registration card
    • Utah driver’s license or identification card
    • Utah vehicle registration
    • Copy of a Utah income tax return in the requesting student/active military service member’s name and/or their current spouse’s name, filed as a Utah resident
    • Proof that the requesting student/active military service member and/or their current spouse owns a home in Utah, including a property tax notice for property owned in Utah by the requesting student/active military service member and/or their current spouse.
  • If requesting student is a dependent child, a copy of the active military service member’s most recent federal tax return verifying they claimed the requesting student as a tax dependent.

Late Submissions

An application is considered late if it is submitted after the deadline.

The hard late deadline for application submission is the Friday prior to the start of the requested term of reclassification (for example, the hard late deadline for Fall 2022 residency reclassification applications is Friday 08/19/2022.)

Late applications must be submitted with a late petition explaining why you did not submit by the deadline, and there is no guarantee of application acceptance nor a decision by the tuition deadline for the requested term of reclassification.

Required documentation (proof of physical presence, submission of Utah ties, etc) will be accepted through the Friday of the first week of classes of the requested term of reclassification at the latest (for example, the hard documentation submission deadline for Fall 2022 residency reclassification is Friday 08/26/2022.)

Documentation should be submitted as soon as possible prior to this deadline.

Students submitting documentation must have a residency reclassification application on file that was submitted by the hard application deadline.

No documentation will be accepted after the first week of classes of the requested term of reclassification.

If you have already submitted your residency application form and have additional documents not previously submitted to turn in for evaluation, please use the Post Submission form below to attach the requested documentation.

Access Post Submission Form

Residency for Non-citizens

Non-citizens that have been granted permanent U.S. resident status or have obtained asylum or refugee status under U.S. immigration law are classified for purposes of resident status according to the same criteria as U.S. citizens.

These students must submit verification of status with their residency application.

Residency reclassification will not be granted to non-citizens without proof of permanent resident, asylum, or refugee status in the United States.

Tuition Waivers for Non-residents

Information on special tuition waivers for non-citizens and other non-residents can be found in Board of Regents Policy R513.

  • The House Bill 144 Non-Resident Tuition Waiver is explained in R513-13 Exemption for Certain Students with Utah High School Graduation. .
  • The House Bill 118 Non-Resident Tuition Waiver is explained in R513-14 Exemption of Nonresident Tuition for Certain Foreign Nationals.

Information on House Bill 144 & House Bill 118 is available here.

Have Questions?

Residency Office Contact Information:

(801) 581-8761, Option 5
residency@utah.edu