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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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).
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.
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.
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".
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.
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:
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.