How Residency Decides Your Tuition

Know How Residency Affects Your Tuition

Residency is a policy established by the University System of Maryland (USM) to make sure there is a fair and equitable process to determine a student’s classification and tuition rates across all Maryland state schools. Coppin State University uses residency information to determine if a student is considered a Maryland resident, and is therefore eligible for in-state tuition status.

In-State Residency Eligibility

To qualify for in-state status, a student must demonstrate all of the following requirements for the 12-month period immediately before the semester or term a student is seeking in-state tuition. The USM Residency Policy states a student must:

  • Have continuously kept their primary residence in Maryland
  • Have kept all personal property in Maryland, including but not limited to furniture, personal belongings, and pets
  • Have paid Maryland income tax on all taxable income and filed a Maryland Resident Tax Return
  • Have registered all owned or leased vehicles in Maryland for at least 12 consecutive months. Check the official Residency Policy for other accepted conditions for motor vehicles
  • Have kept a valid Maryland driver’s license for at least 12 consecutive months. Check the official Residency Policy for other conditions that satisfy this requirement
  • Be currently registered to vote in Maryland
  • Receive no public assistance from any state, city, county, or municipality outside the State of Maryland
  • Have a legal federal and state right to live in Maryland, permanently and without interruption

 

Out-of-State Residency Classification

You must be a resident of Maryland and meet all the USM criteria to qualify for in-state tuition. You qualify for out-of-state tuition if you are: 

  • Attending school or living outside Maryland when you apply or are admitted to Coppin (or another USM school)
  • Financially dependent on a person who is not a Maryland resident

How to Change Residency Status

You may petition to change your residency status by submitting a completed Residency Petition Form and any supporting documentation to the Office of Records and Registration. We cannot accept faxed or emailed Residency Petition forms. The form includes information on where to send a hard copy when complete.

  • Attending school or living outside Maryland when you apply or are admitted to Coppin (or another USM school?
  • Financially dependent on a person who is not a Maryland resident