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Residency for Tuition Purposes: All Policies & Exceptions

Mandatory Reading for All Residency for Tuition Purpose Applicants

The resources listed here describe the various ways in which you may be eligible for in-state (resident) tuition under the provisions of Utah state law and University of Utah Institutional Policy.  Review these materials carefully.

Please note that retroactive residency for past semesters is not granted,

“R512-5.2.1 Application Deadline: Students must meet institutional application deadlines for each term…institutions may not accept applications for resident student status or supporting documentation after the third week of the semester or term for which the student seeks resident student status.”

Mandatory Reading for Residency

Residency Exception Application Deadline Change

Starting Summer Semester 2024 onward, all Exception and Addendum applications for Residency  (Military/Veteran, American Indian, Olympic Athlete, USHE Transfer Student, and State of Utah Exceptions, Addendum) will have the same deadlines as all Residency Reclassification applications for the following dates:

  • Application Open
  • Domiciliary Tie Establishment Deadline
  • On-Time Application Deadline
  • Application Closes
  • Document Submission Deadline
  • Incomplete Applications Removed

See Residency Calendar for details.

Residency for Tuition Purposes Calendar

Residency Semester Timelines

Spring 2024 Residency

All Spring 2024 Residency Reclassification applications closed after Census Deadline, January 29, 2024.

Please apply for Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 if you need to reclassify for Resident Student Status.

All Residency Exceptions applications (Military/Veteran, American Indian, USHE Transfers, etc.) will close the last day of finals for Spring 2024, May 1, 2024.

All Spring 2024 Residency Military Exceptions Applications are open from September 15, 2023 to end of semester May 1, 2024

Please submit your residency forms by November 1, 2023.

On-Time applications are guaranteed to be completed before the tuition deadline, after which you can submit additional required documentation with the Post Submission Form here.

Please Note: Applications submitted after after November 1, 2023 are late.  We cannot guarantee a decision by the tuition deadline of January 19, 2024.

Please see USHE R512.5.2.1 Application Deadline: Students must meet institutional application deadlines for each term.

COMPLETE RESIDENCY CALENDARS

November 1, 2023 is the On-Time Application Deadline

Applications close after January 19, 2024 tuition deadline

Summer 2024 Residency

All Summer 2024 Residency Applications are open from January 15, 2024 to tuition deadline May 22, 2024

Please submit your residency forms by April 1, 2024.

On-Time applications are guaranteed to be completed before the tuition deadline, after which you can submit additional required documentation with the Post Submission Form here until the census deadline June 3, 2024.   No documents will be received after census deadline.

Please Note: Applications submitted after after April 1, 2024 are late.  We cannot guarantee a decision by the tuition due date May 22, 2024.

April 1, 2024 is the On-Time Application Deadline

Applications close after May 22, 2024 tuition deadline

Fall 2024 Residency

All Fall 2024 Residency Applications are open from January 15, 2024 to tuition deadline August 30, 2024

Please submit your residency forms by July 1, 2024.

On-Time applications are guaranteed to be completed before the tuition deadline, after which you can submit additional required documentation with the Post Submission Form here until the census deadline September 9, 2024.   No documents will be received after census deadline.

Please Note: Applications submitted after after July 1, 2024 are late.  We cannot guarantee a decision by the tuition due date August 30, 2024.

July 1, 2024 is the On-Time Application Deadline

Applications close after August 30, 2024 tuition deadline

Spring 2025 Residency

All Spring 2025 Residency Applications are open from September 15, 2024 to tuition deadline January 17, 2025.

Please submit your residency forms by November 1, 2024.

On-Time applications are guaranteed to be completed before the tuition deadline, after which you can submit additional required documentation with the Post Submission Form here until the census deadline January 27, 2025.   No documents will be received after census deadline.

Please Note: Applications submitted after after November 1, 2024 are late.  We cannot guarantee a decision by the tuition due date January 17, 2025.

November 1, 2024 is the On-Time Application Deadline

Applications close after January 17, 2025 tuition deadline

Summer 2025 Residency

All Summer 2025 Residency Applications are open from January 15, 2025 to tuition deadline May 21, 2025

Please submit your residency forms by April 1, 2025.

On-Time applications are guaranteed to be completed before the tuition deadline, after which you can submit additional required documentation with the Post Submission Form here until the census deadline June 2, 2025.   No documents will be received after census deadline.

Please Note: Applications submitted after after April 1, 2024 are late.  We cannot guarantee a decision by the tuition due date May 21, 2025.

April 1, 2025 is the On-Time Application Deadline

Applications close after May 21, 2025 tuition deadline

All Undergraduate and Incoming Graduate Student Policies & Exceptions

Undergraduate One Year Rule Policy

The Undergraduate One Year Rule Policy applies to most students looking to reclassify their residency status at the University of Utah, and it is the most common policy undergraduate students use to reclassify as a resident for tuition purposes, after completing a minimum of 12 months in Utah.

To qualify for this policy, the student must meet ALL of the following requirements and submit an application and all necessary documentation by the specified deadlines.

  • Utah Domiciliary Ties: driver’s license, voter registration, vehicle registration
    • Students MUST relinquish domiciliary ties (driver’s license, voter registration, and vehicle registration) held in any other state and establish 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.
  • Verified documentation of the student’s tax independence
    • Students under 24 years old and not married must submit verification of tax 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.  They can submit:
      • The first two pages of the student’s federal tax return 1040 for the most recent tax year verifying that they were not claimed as a tax dependent by out of state parents/guardians.
      • Or 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.
    • All tax documents must be verified for submission to the IRS.  Tax returns submitted must be signed by the taxpayer to verify submission to the IRS.
      • If the taxes were electronically filed, proof of an e-signature is required
      • If tax returns do not have a signature, other means of verifying submission of the tax return to the IRS will be required
  • Proof of physical presence in the state of Utah for 12 continuous months 
    • 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 no more than 29 days total with presence unaccounted for or outside of the state of Utah.  ALL SUBMITTED DOCUMENTATION is subject to review.
    • Accepted methods of proof include the any of the following, and not all of them may be required:
      1. In-person enrollment at the University of Utah or another Utah institution through transcripts
      2. Dated pay stubs from a Utah employer for each date range the student wishes to prove
      3. A signed and dated employer letter on letterhead specifying the dates of beginning and ending of employment with a Utah employer
      4. Bank or credit card statements in the student’s name only showing a purchase made in person, in the state of Utah, at least once every 7 days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      5. Physical Presence Office Check-Ins at the Residency office once at least once every 7 days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove, during Office of Admissions business hours only
      6. 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 at least once every 7 days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      7. University of Utah-sponsored programs that are organized or sanctioned by the University of Utah with supporting documentation and institutional verification through a signed and dated letter on letterhead from the organizing department
      8. 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, Door Dash, GrubHub, etc
      • Photographs or images of people/locations
      • Social media posts such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, etc.
      • Cell/Mobile phone records
    • 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 Policy

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

Tax-dependent Student with Parents Domiciled in Utah Policy

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)
  • Proof of Utah parents physical presence in Utah using a copy of their full-year Utah state tax return for the most recent tax year
    • For parent’s with partial-year Utah state tax returns for the most recent tax year, additional documents proving the parents presence in Utah for a full 12 month period, with fewer than 29 days total unproven/out-of-state, will be required in combination with the state tax return, including:
      • Evidence of employment with a Utah employer through dated pay stubs for each date range the parent 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 parents’ names only showing a purchase made in person, in the state of Utah, at least once every 7 days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • Physical Presence Check-Ins at the Residency office once at least once every 7 days or fewer for the date range the parents wish to prove, during Office of Admissions business hours only
      • Gym records in the parents’ names and with the name and contact information for the gym, showing visits to a Utah gym in person at least once every 7 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)
  • Copy of the Utah parent’s Utah valid driver’s license
  • Copy of the Utah parent’s Utah valid vehicle registration

Move to Utah for Full-Time Employment Policy

This includes cases where the employment is for a spouse or parent of a student.

To qualify for this policy, the Residency office must see that the offer of Utah employment came four months or more prior to the requesting student’s 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

Utah Resident – Away for School Policy

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 applicable, a student who is a tax dependent of Utah parents, the student must provide copies of their Utah parents’ federal tax return proving they are a tax dependent, and Utah parents’ state tax returns for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state

Utah Resident – Away for Ecclesiastical Volunteer Service Policy

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 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 verifying the requesting student’s dates of service from:
    • The student’s local ecclesiastical leader
    • Or from the returning student’s ecclesiastical mission organization leadership
  • 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 applicable, a student who is a tax dependent of Utah parents, the student must provide copies of their Utah parents’ federal tax return proving they are a tax dependent, and Utah parents’ state tax returns 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 Policy

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 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 verifying the requesting student’s dates of service from the government organization.
  • 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 applicable, a student who is a tax dependent of Utah parents, the student must provide copies of their Utah parents’ federal tax return proving they are a tax dependent, and Utah parents’ state tax returns for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state

Utah Resident – Away for Temporary Employment Policy

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 applicable, a student who is a tax dependent of Utah parents, the student must provide copies of their Utah parents’ federal tax return proving they are a tax dependent, and Utah parents’ state tax returns for the most recent tax year and for all years that the requesting student resided out of state

Extenuating Circumstances Policy (necessitating relocation to Utah, or refugee placed directly in Utah)

Extenuating Circumstances Policy, for situations such as divorce, death of spouse, or long-term health care responsibilities of family members necessitating relocation to Utah*, 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. Documentation should support and verify that the student’s relocation to Utah is for reasons other than higher education.
  • 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

*There is no provision for students who are living in Utah, trying to establish their residency for tuition purposes, who then need to  be outside of the state of Utah for longer than 29 days due to unfortunate circumstances.

All Graduate Student Policies & Exceptions

Graduate Residency Reclassification Policy

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

This 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.  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
    • Granted asylum or refugee status
    • Special Immigrant Visa
    • Humanitarian Parole
    • Temporary Protected Status
    • Or good faith evidence of a submitted application for refugee status, humanitarian parole, temporary protected status, or asylum under United States immigration law
      • Status cannot be expired, or removed.
      • “Good Faith Evidence” requires verified documentation
      • Students with granted permanent residency, granted asylum or granted refugee status must submit valid and unexpired documentation.
      • Students on other types of visas not listed above are ineligible for residency reclassification but may qualify for a tuition waiver if they have 3 years and completed graduation in a Utah high school.
  • 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, at least once every 7 days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • Physical Presence Check-Ins at the Residency office once at least once every 7 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 at least once every 7 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 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, at least once every 7 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 at least once every 7 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.  Please be sure to check the term deadlines.  Complete the Certification Form for Resident Exceptions for Tuition Purposes here.

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 Band; (Suh’dutsing) Cedar People
    • Indian Peaks; (Kwee’choovunt) Peak People
    • Kanosh Band; (kawnaw’os, willow jug)
    • Koosharem; (Paw goosawd’uhmpuhtseng) Water Clover People
    • Shivwits; (See’veets eng) Whitish Earth People
  • Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians
  • 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

USHE Transfer Students Residency Reciprocity

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

Utah Job Corps Student

Accepted methods of proof include the following:

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

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

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. Please check the term deadlines.  Complete the Application for In-State Tuition Based Upon Military Service Exceptions here.

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.

Ready to apply for residency?

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 2023 residency reclassification applications is Friday 08/18/2023).

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 2023 residency reclassification is Friday 08/25/2023).

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.

Residency for Non-citizens

Non-citizens that have been granted permanent U.S. resident status, have obtained asylum or refugee status under U.S. immigration law, or who are eligible under a status in Utah House Bill 102, 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:

  • Granted permanent residency
  • Granted asylum or refugee status
  • Special Immigrant Visa
  • Humanitarian Parole
  • Temporary Protected Status
  • Or good faith evidence of a submitted application for refugee status, humanitarian parole, temporary protected status, or asylum under United States immigration law
    • Status cannot be expired, or removed.
    • “Good Faith Evidence” requires verified documentation
    • Students with granted permanent residency, granted asylum or granted refugee status must submit valid and unexpired documentation.
    • Students on other types of visas not listed above are ineligible for residency reclassification but may qualify for a tuition waiver if they have 3 years and completed graduation in a Utah high school.

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.

House Bill 144 Non-Resident Tuition Waiver

  • Explained in R513-13 Exemption for Certain Students with Utah High School Graduation.

House Bill 118 Non-Resident Tuition Waiver 

  • 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

Visit us at:

Student Services Building,

201 S 1460 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Office Hours (All times are Mountain Time Zone):

  • Monday – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (Staff Meetings every Tuesday morning 8:00 to 10:00 A.M.)
  • Wednesday –  8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Thursday – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Friday – 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Closed all holidays and University Office Closure days (click here to see our calendar)

Call us:

801-581-8761, Option 5 to speak with a Residency staff member

Email us:

residency@utah.edu

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