Residency – Graduate Residency Reclassification

Residency for tuition purposes: GRADUATE POLICIES


Resources regarding Utah residency requirements and the reclassification process for in-state tuition rates.

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RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION APPLICATION       MILITARY SERVICE EXCEPTION FORM

Residency Reclassification Application Deadline by Semester


Fall Semester July 1st
Spring Semester → November 1st
Summer Semester → April 1st

Domiciliary Tie Establishment Deadline by Semester


Fall Semester → May 1st
Spring Semester → October 1st
Summer Semester → February 1st

There are different tuition rates for Utah residents and for 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. Once admitted, your official letter of acceptance will include your classification. If you are classified as a non-resident but meet the requirements of a policy or exception for resident status, you may apply to change your status.

The resources listed above describe the various ways in which students may be eligible for in-state (resident) tuition under the provisions of Utah state law. These documents explain the general rule of the law as well as exceptions that may make students eligible to waive the time requirement and apply for residency immediately. Review these materials carefully. Non-resident students who are eligible for reclassification of their residency status 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 the Medical and 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 and 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.

THE GRADUATE POLICY

All policies are subject to change without notice.

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.
    • 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; 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 four 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 four 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

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. All applicants who 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, or have American Indian heritage will be required to fill out the Utah Residency Application as part of the secondary application.

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 other than 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; visit admissions.utah.edu/tuitionwaivers for more information.

 

  • 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 four 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 four 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.

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.

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.

 

Residency Reclassification Application

Guidelines and policies are subject to change without notice.

Please check the sections below to see which policy you qualify for and then complete the Residency Reclassification Application if you meet the requirements:

Residency Reclassification Application

Please note, most of the exceptions on this application are for qualifying students who have not met the general requirements of the One Year Rule. If you are an undergraduate student or incoming graduate student, have completed at least a 12 month period of residence in Utah, and need to reclassify, you will need to show eligibility under the Undergraduate policy.

Please make sure to also check the term deadlines.

OTHER EXCEPTIONS

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:

Certification Form for Resident Exceptions for Tuition Purposes

Please make sure to also check the term deadlines below.

  • Copy of your “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
  • Copy of your “Certificate of Blood” document.
  • Copy of your Utah high school diploma.
  • Copy of your Utah driver’s license.
  • Letter from the other Utah school verifying your attendance and resident classification at that institution.
  • Letter from your Social Services Counselor verifying the agency is paying your educational expenses.
  • Letter from the USOC verifying your eligibility.
  • Letter verifying your current participation in Utah Job Corps.

 

  • Copy of the military orders placing you in Utah on active duty assignment.
  • Copy of your current military ID card.
  • Copy of the 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 your military privilege card.
  • Copy of Military DD-214, which includes proof of honorable or general discharge.
  • Signed written declaration that you have relinquished residency in any other state and do not maintain a residence elsewhere –found in the signature section of this application.
  • 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 your name and a Utah address
    • Utility bills showing your name and Utah address
  • Copy of military veteran’s DD-214, which includes proof of honorable or general discharge.
  • Signed written declaration that you have relinquished residency in any other state and do not maintain a residence elsewhere –found in the signature section of this application.
  • If applicant 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.
  • 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 your name and a Utah address
    • Utility bills showing your name and Utah address
  • Evidence of eligibility under Title 38 U.S.C., Veteran's Benefits. Students may obtain verification from the VA or online through their 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 you will utilize G.I. Bill benefits –found in the signature section of this application.
  • 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 your name and a Utah address
    • Utility bills showing your name and Utah address
  • A copy of the military service member’s military identification card (if applicant is a dependent child or spouse, a copy of the applicant’s military privilege card can be submitted instead).
  • A copy of the military service member’s most recent military orders.
  • Objective evidence that the 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 military service member’s or a military service member’s spouse’s name, filed as a Utah resident
    • Proof that the military service member or military service member’s spouse owns a home in Utah, including a property tax notice for property owned in Utah.
  • If applicant is a dependent child, a copy of the military service member’s most recent federal tax return verifying they claimed the applicant.

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.

Post Submission Form

Deadlines


Term Deadlines to Submit Application / Certification / Military Forms

All students must submit their residency form by the date listed below. Students will be able to submit additional documents as requested proving physical presence after initial submission. Please note: Applications submitted after the deadline are not guaranteed a decision by the tuition due date.

Term Deadlines to Establish Domiciliary Ties

Students applying under the Undergraduate Policy (One Year Rule) or Graduate Policy must establish their Utah domiciliary ties (driver’s license, voter registration, and vehicle registration) by the deadlines listed below. * Failure to establish ties by the listed deadlines will require students to provide proof of additional Utah ties. 

 

Residency Application Submission Deadline by Semester


JUL
1
Fall Semester
NOV
1
Spring Semester
APR
1
Summer Semester

Domiciliary Tie Deadline by Semester


MAY
1
Fall Semester
OCT
1
Spring Semester
FEB
1
Summer Semester

* Examples of additional ties, if requested, include:

  • Proof of Utah employment, including part-time employment for at least 90 days.
  • A copy of a Utah State Income Tax Return filed as a part-year or full-year Utah resident.
  • A copy of a lease/rental agreement in Utah for at least twelve months prior to the start of the term you are applying for reclassification.
  • Copies of utility bills in your name for at least twelve months prior to the start of the term you are applying for reclassification.

 

Residency for Non-Citizens


Foreign nationals 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 applicable to U.S. citizens. These students must submit verification of status with their residency application. Residency reclassification will not be granted to foreign nationals without proof of permanent resident, asylum, or refugee status in the United States.

Tuition waivers for non-residents


Information on special tuition waivers for foreign nationals 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. Information on House Bill 144 is also available here on the admissions website.
  • 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 118 is also available here on the admissions website.
Residency Office Contact Information:

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