If a person relocates to Massachusetts to attend a college or university, this action supports the intent to pursue an education, but it is not considered intent to establish residency for tuition and fees purposes. The regulations state "residency is not acquired by mere physical presence in Massachusetts while the person is enrolled in an institution of higher education." To be reclassified as a resident, an enrolled student must live in Massachusetts as a "traditional resident" (not a student) for approximately 12 months immediately proceeding his/her enrollment or re-enrollment to attend an institution of higher education. Exceptions to these requirements are listed on the Residency Reclassification Worksheet.
Applicants are responsible to submit all documentation to support a claim. The final decision will be based solely on the submitted documentation with qualitative rather than quantitative emphasis. A number of factors are required to determine residency. No single document is decisive. The burden of proof rests on the student seeking reclassification.
As of December 2009, the University of Massachusetts Lowell uses five residency classifications:
The initial determination of a student’s eligibility for classification/reclassification as a Massachusetts resident, and therefore qualification for In-State tuition, is based on the following:
Upon determination of an applicant’s residency/citizenship and financial support status, a person would generally be eligible for classification as a Massachusetts resident:
A student not classified as Proximity Program, New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) or international will be considered out-of-state.
Students on certain visas may be classified as in-state. A student must be able to provide valid documentation from the Illustrative List and meet duration and residency requirements. NOTE: Students with J1, J2, F1 or F2, or with a visa category listed in Step 3 of the Illustrative List, are not eligible to be considered for in-state residency for the purpose of tuition.
Beginning with Fall 2008 enrollment, the Proximity Program will offer a reduced tuition, not fee, rate to New Hampshire students whose hometowns are listed on our website. This program is based on zip code, not mileage, and will automatically be applied to the student's account. Please note that some towns have majors that do not qualify for this program. If a student qualifies for this program, he/she will remain in the Proximity Program if they or their parent(s)/custodial parent/legal guardian(s) move outside of the zip code area and/or change major. Please note: In order to retain this status, the student must be continuously enrolled.
Please note the following exceptions:
The New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) offers students enrolled in qualified programs the opportunity to attend a public college or university in a New England state other than the one in which they live. The student will receive a reduced tuition rate (NERSP students with enrollments prior to Fall 2009 are grandfathered into the original tuition and fee determination formula). More details are found on the NERSP page (www.uml.edu/admissions/costs/nerp.aspx). Since this program is based solely on major, changing to a major not within the program will result in the student being reclassified to out-of-state. Out-of-State tuition will be charged going forward.
For freshman/transfer undergraduate applicants, Undergraduate Admissions personnel make the initial determination of eligibility for NERSP. Please forward questions about NERSP eligibility to email@example.com.
For graduate applicants, the Director of Graduate Admissions determines the initial residency classification, including his/her eligibility for the New England Regional Student Program. Please forward questions about NERSP eligibility for graduate students to Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu.
Division of Online & Continuing Education students do not qualify for the NERSP program.
We proudly welcome active duty members and veterans of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Reserves to UMass Lowell. We are here to assist you.
The following are the most common instances were active duty military and national guard members are eligible for In-State classification:
The Residency Classification Worksheet (pdf) provides details on the documentation required. Please feel free to forward residency classification questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance with military & veteran benefits or general questions, visit the Veterans Services and Military Benefits pages, or call them at 978-934-2461 or email them at email@example.com.
For the Division of Online and Continuing Education students – tuition and fees are based on listed credit hour and/or contact hour and not on residency classification. However, a residency classification determination may be required if the student applies for financial aid or takes a day course.
All Summer courses are offered through the Division of Online & Continuing Education. Tuition and fee charges are generally based on credit-hour.
Please note: Residency requirements for the Division of Online & Continuing Education programs refer to the completion of credits as a Division of Online & Continuing Education student at UMass Lowell. More information is found on the Division of Online & Continuing Education website Academic Policies - Degree Requirements page. You may also contact the Student Support Center at 978-934-2474 or visit their webpage at http://continuinged.uml.edu/.
In accordance with the change in federal policy, DACA beneficiaries are eligible to file an application to be considered for in-state tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Please see the Residency Classification Worksheet (pdf) for a list of supporting documents to be submitted along with the application.
If your application is approved, notification will be sent to you via email. Your status will be updated in SIS within a couple of business days. Financial Aid and Student Financial Services will be notified and the appropriate changes will be made to reflect your new residency status.
If your application is denied, notification will be sent to you via email. You may appeal the decision, in writing, within 30 calendar days of the date the decision is emailed. You may submit additional documentation along with the written appeal. The appeal will be given to the Residency Reclassification Appeal Committee for review, along with the original application, supporting documentation and decision. The decision will be based solely on submitted documentation. You will be notified, by email, of the appeal committees' decision. This decision is final and cannot be appealed further.
Please send your appeal to:
University of Massachusetts Lowell
220 Pawtucket St., Suite 420
Lowell, MA 01854
Enrollment & Student Success