Residency for tuition purposes
Resources regarding Utah residency requirements and the reclassification process for in-state tuition rates.
Fall 2020 residency applications are closed. Spring 2021 residency applications are now open.
Spring 2021 reclassification applications are still open until January 15th, 2021; however, applications submitted after November 6th, 2020 may not receive a reclassification decision by the Spring 2021 tuition deadline.
Border waiver: This is a tuition reduction program for Non-Resident students from certain high schools located near the border of Utah. Time spent on a border waiver will count toward the requirements to qualify for residency reclassification.
Department of Motor Vehicles: Also known as the DMV, this is the government operated facility where you can obtain vehicle registration
Driver's License Division: Also known and the DLD, this is the government operated facility where you can obtain a driver's license of a Utah identification card.
Financial Dependence: In some cases, our office needs to verify that a student is a dependent of their parent or guardian. This is proven by being claimed as a dependent on the parent's taxes.
It is important to note that this only applies to out of state parents. If a student is claimed as a dependent on Utah taxes, this will not impact their residency.
House Bill (HB) 118: A tuition waiver of the Non-Resident portion of tuition charges granted to foreign nationals that do not qualify for residency reclassification but are a foreign national legally admitted to the U.S., attended a Utah high school for three years or more, and graduated from a Utah high school.
House Bill (HB) 144: A tuition waiver of the Non-Resident portion of tuition charges granted to students of undocumented parents or U.S. citizens that do not qualify for residency reclassification but attended a Utah high school for three years or more, graduated from a Utah high school, and did not start college before Fall 2002.
Immediate Family Member: A dependent child or a spouse
Initial Classification: The classification that is based on the residency information of an admissions application. The classification can be changed through an addendum or reclassification application.
In state tuition: Tuition paid by students that have been classified as a resident. This is generally much less than out of state tuition.
Late Petition Form: A personal statement created explaining why the residency application is being submitted past the deadline. Late petitions will be accepted one week past the application deadline.
Maintain a residence: To physically reside in a location. This period of a residence cannot be interrupted by a temporary absence from the state.
Military DD-214: Military discharge papers. This document is used to provide proof of service and the character of discharge.
Out of state tuition: Tuition that is paid by students who have been classified as a non-resident
One-year rule: Name of the undergraduate policy that most students are able to reclassify under. The one-year rule is primarily based upon 12 continuous months of physical presence in Utah prior to the term that a student would like to reclassify. It requires documentation of a Utah driver's license, vehicle registration, and Utah voter registration.
Post-secondary educational institution: An institution of higher education, public or private, above the high-school level.
Post Submission Form: Form that is used to submit supporting documents after a residency application has already been submitted.
Proof of Physical Presence: Any documentation that shows the requirement of a presence in Utah. This can include university enrollment, employment, or bank statements with purchases in Utah. Any proof or physical presence can be used as a Utah tie, but this does not work vice versa. For example, lease agreements and utility bills do not prove physical presence.
Reciprocity Letters: Letters received from other Utah State colleges/universities verifying the residency status of a student that has now transferred to the U of U.
Residency Addendum: Form that is used for clarification of a student’s initial residency status. This form gives our office more information to work with when coding a student's whose status is unclear from the information given on their admission application.
Residency Certification Form: Application that is used to apply to the following policies:
- 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
- Member of a federally recognized or known Utah tribe that has graduated 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
- Utah state social or rehabilitation services agency assistance recipient receiving full tuition and fees allowance
- Participant in Olympic Athlete Training Program in Utah
- Job Corps Student
Residency Military Service Exception Form: Application that is used to apply to the following policies:
- U.S. military service member assigned to active duty within Utah (Includes Utah National Guard and Active Reserves)
- Immediate family member of a U.S. military service member currently assigned to active duty within the state of Utah
- U.S. military veteran
- Immediate family member of a U.S. military veteran who has separated within the last five years
- Eligible person entitled to benefits under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 30, Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active-Duty Educational Assistance Program, or Chapter 33, Post 9/11 Educational Assistance Program
- Utah resident away on active military duty taking only online classes at the University of Utah (including cases where the students is a spouse or dependent child)
- An individual who maintains residency in Utah with an intent to return but who is serving on active duty in the US Armed Forces and is assigned outside of Utah (includes cases where the student is a spouse or dependent child)
Residency Reclassification Application: Application used to apply to the following policies:
- Undergraduate Policy ('One Year Rule')
- Graduate Policy, for all graduate students who have started their graduate programs, except those in the Medical or Dental Programs
- Dependent child with a parent domiciled in Utah for at least twelve continuous months
- Marriage to a Utah resident
- Full-time permanent employment in Utah
- Spouse’s full-time permanent employment in Utah
- Parent’s full-time permanent employment in Utah
- Utah resident away for school, generally for the purpose of attending an out-of-state college/university
- Utah resident away for government volunteer service or ecclesiastical service
- Utah resident away for temporary employment
- Extenuating circumstances (such as divorce, death of spouse, long-term health care responsibilities of family members, or refugee placed directly in Utah)
Utah Ties: Any documentation that proves a person has intent to reside in Utah. This can include rental and lease agreements, utility bills, Utah driver's license, voter registration, or vehicle registration.
Utah System of Higher Education: Also known as USHE. The is the system of public colleges located in Utah. Residency status at any of these intuitions can transfer between each other.
Utah Tie Deadline: The point in time that a student must have established their ties by. This includes their driver's license, vehicle registration, and voter registration. It is important to note that this deadline is separate from any residency application deadline.
form used for personal federal income tax returns filed by United States residents