Residency – Military Exceptions

Residency for tuition purposes: ACTIVE MILITARY & VETERAN POLICIES


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

FALL 2021 POLICY UPDATES: READ HERE

SUMMER 2021 POLICY UPDATES: READ HERE

Spring 2021 applications are now closed. Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 applications are now open. 

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.

ACTIVE MILITARY & VETERAN RESIDENCY EXCEPTIONS

These exceptions apply to active military and veterans and their immediate family members (spouses or children). To apply for an active military or veteran exception, please fill out a Military Service Exception Form and submit all required documentation. Please note that retroactive residency is not granted.

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

Application for In-State Tuition Based Upon Military Service Exceptions

  • 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.

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 Office Contact Information:

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