Residency – Undergraduate Residency Reclassification

Residency for tuition purposes: UNDERGRADUATE 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

UNDERGRADUATE POLICY (THE ONE YEAR RULE)

All policies are subject to change without notice.

The Undergraduate Policy applies to most undergraduate students seeking to reclassify their residency status at the University of Utah. It also applies to incoming graduate students who have not yet started their graduate programs. 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 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 six 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 six days or fewer for the date range the student wishes to prove
      • Meal plan swipe records from a dining hall in Utah, showing meal plan swipes in person every six 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)
      • Physical Presence Check-Ins at the Residency office once every six 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
    • 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.

Late Submissions

An application is considered late if it is submitted after the posted priority 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 2022 residency reclassification applications is Friday 08/19/2022.) Late applications must be submitted with a late petition explaining why the requesting student 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 2022 residency reclassification is Friday 08/26/2022.)  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.

 

Spring Semester Tax Exception

For students requesting residency for a spring term, all of the above documentation is required. For the federal tax return requirement, the requesting student may submit:

  • The first two pages of their federal tax return for the most recent tax filing year verifying that they were not claimed as a tax dependent by out of state parents or guardians.
  • A copy of their out of state parents' or guardians' federal tax return(s) for the most recent tax filing year verifying that they did not claim the student as a dependent.
  • A signed and dated letter on letterhead from a licensed CPA with contact information, verifying that the requesting student will not be claimed on federal taxes for the previous year as a dependent by out of state parents or guardians. (Example: A student applying for residency for Spring 2023 may submit either their or their parents'/guardians' filed federal tax return for 2021 federal taxes verifying that they were not claimed as a dependent by out of state parents or guardians, or a signed and dated letter on letterhead from a licensed CPA with contact information, verifying that the requesting student will not be claimed on federal taxes for the 2022 tax year as a dependent by out of state parents or guardians.)

 

Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Specifications

Please note that per the Board of Regents and University of Utah Institutional Policy, no time spent on the following programs can be used towards residency reclassification requirements:

  • Western Undergraduate Exchange
  • Western Regional Graduate Program
  • Professional Student Exchange Program
  • Dixie State University Good Neighbor Program
  • International Student Exchange
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarships
  • Other programs as specified by the state or institution

More information can be found in the mandatory reading of the University of Utah Institutional Policy and the Board of Regents Policies, R512.

 

 

OTHER POLICIES

Please note that most of these exceptions are for qualifying students who have not met the requirements of the Undergraduate Policy. If you are an undergraduate student or incoming graduate student, have completed at least a 12 month period of residence in Utah, and are requesting to reclassify, you will need to show eligibility under the Undergraduate Policy. The requirements for each policy or exception are listed; students must meet ALL listed requirements and submit the requested documentation by the specified term deadlines.


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