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Frequently Asked Questions

Residency Classification

This an on-going list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about residency classification and reclassification at UMass Lowell.  New answers are added regularly. Please send inquiries to

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  • I am from Connecticut, and entered UMass Lowell in the Sound Recording Technology program. Therefore, I was classified as Regional Exchange under the New England Regional Student Program. If I change my major to Biology, will my residency classification change?

    Yes, your residency will be changed to Out-of-State. You may also be eligible for the Proximity Program depending on your permanent address (this program applies to New Hampshire residents only).

  • As a Division of Online & Continuing Education student, what impact does my residency status for tuition classification have on the tuition that I would pay?

    If you register for courses through the Division of Online & Continuing Education, your tuition and fees will be based on credit-hours (click here).  However, if you take a day-program course, your residency will determine how much you will pay for the specific source. Visit the Division of Online and Continuing Education on the residency status main webpage.

  • I am graduating from High School in New Hampshire this year, but I am living with my friend/relative in Massachusetts. Would I be eligible for In-State tuition?

    Probably not. Informal living arrangements do not support the claim of residency unless legal documentation can support an exception.  If you are an unemancipated person, and claimed by your parents on their most recent income tax returns, your parents’ residency will determine your residency classification.

  • I have lived in Massachusetts for the last 12 months, while attending school, when does my residency status change to in-state? I have a Massachusetts driver's license, I live and have a job off-campus.

    Your residency will not change to in-state. If you relocate to Massachusetts to attend a college or university, this action supports the intent to pursue and 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".

  • I attend a Prep school in New Hampshire, but my parents live in Massachusetts, will I be eligible for In-State classification?

    As long as you are a legal dependent of your parents, you will be classified as a Massachusetts resident.   Additional documentation may be requested to support this claim.

  • When I first enrolled at UMass Lowell, four years ago, I paid In-State tuition. I was placed on academic warning two years ago. Meanwhile, I relocated to New Hampshire. Now, I am applying for readmission with my New Hampshire address, and wonder what my residency classification will be?

    For purposes of residency classification, readmission is considered a new application. Your residency classification will depend on how long ago you relocated to New Hampshire:

    • If you relocated to New Hampshire less than a year ago, and you filed your most recent income tax returns as a Massachusetts resident, then you will maintain your In-State classification.  However, this classification will change if you interrupt your continuous attendance to the University (spring and fall semesters) until graduation.
    • If you relocated to New Hampshire over a year ago, or if you filed your most recent income tax returns as a New Hampshire resident, then your residency classification will change to Out-of-State, Proximity, or New England Regional.
  • I/My Family live out-of-state but own property in Massachusetts. I/My family pay Massachusetts taxes on this property. Does this qualify me to receive in-state tution?

    No. Your residency is based on your/your family's permanent address. A good indicator is your Federal Income Taxes. The address you list on those tax forms will be your permanent address.