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Residency Status for Tuition Classification

As a state institution, the University of Massachusetts Lowell sets tuition and fees for undergraduate and graduate students, in day programs, based on residency classification regulations from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and the New England Board of Higher Education.

Initial Classification of Residency

Initial determination of the residency status for tuition classification, as part of the admissions process for undergraduate freshmen and transfer students and graduate students, is performed by Undergraduate and/or Graduate Admissions staff, with support from the Residency Reclassification Officer. New applicants my be contacted if conflicting or missing information/documentation make determining the correct residency status difficult.


To apply for reclassification, the following three (3) forms must be filled out and submitted with supporting documentation (see residency classification worksheet for a list of documents):


Inquiries can be directed to: or by calling:

The Office of Enrollment Management:
Tammy Millette, Assistant to the Dean of Enrollment Management and Residency Officer

How to submit the application and documentation:

In person or by mail:

University of Massachusetts Lowell
220 Pawtucket St., Suite 420
Lowell, MA 01854
Enrollment Management

You may also submit forms and documentation to:


The deadline to submit reclassification applications and supporting documentation is the first day of classes for each semester (academic calendars). Applications received after the first day of classes will be processed, but will not take effect until the following semester. Exceptions due to extraordinary circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Residence Officer. NOTE: the applicant is responsible for the payment of tuition, fees, and other financial obligations to the institution within the prescribed deadlines while the review of a residency request is underway.

Student Record Updates 

Student Record updates (i.e., change of permanent address, change of academic majors, etc.) may be submitted to UMass Lowell after the "add/drop period without a record," and a residency classification change to Proximity or New England Regional Program will take effect on the following semester.