Residency – Other Exceptions

Residency for tuition purposes: UNIQUE EXCEPTIONS

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


Fall 2021 applications are now open. 


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.


These policies and exceptions apply to a variety of students including American Indian/Indigenous American students, Olympic athlete students, students who have attended and received residency at other institutions in the USHE system, and more. 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.

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

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.

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

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Semester

Domiciliary Tie Deadline by Semester

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
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