Residency - Reclassification Petition

RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION PETITION

In-state or out-of-state residency status will determine a student's tuition rate. Tuition rates for both statuses can be obtained by visiting the Office of the Bursar's tuition and fees page. Residency status is first established during the admissions process and your residency status will appear in your admission materials.

Your residency status will be identified on your bill by R (resident) or NR (non-resident). Please read the information below for further information regarding the residency reclassification appeal process.

If you have questions regarding your residency classification after reading through the information below you may contact the appropriate area for assistance:

Newly Admitted Undergraduate Students - rsv@morgan.edu

New Admitted Graduate Students - gradapply@morgan.edu

Continuing Students - residency@morgan.edu   

Current continuing students who wish to seek a change to their residency status determination are to follow the steps below regarding the submission of a petition.

Morgan State University Board Policy

Defining In-State Residency Status

Morgan State University defines in-state status (resident) status according to the Morgan State University board policy on student classification for admission and tuition purposes. In-state status is granted to students who, for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to and including the last date available to register for courses in the semester/term for which the student seeks in-state tuition status, has the continuous intent to:

Make Maryland his or her permanent home; and
Abandon his or her former home state; and
Reside in Maryland indefinitely; and
Reside in Maryland primarily for a purpose other than that of attending an educational institution in Maryland.


How to File a Petition

Once initial residency has been determined and the student has begun classes at Morgan State University changes can be requested through a petition process. A Residency Petition form must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Submissions must be made in person, by mail by the last date of late registration in the semester in which the student is petitioning. Faxes will not be accepted. Petitions are only considered valid if the student is enrolled for the term for which the petition is being submitted.

Financially dependent students must have their petition signed by their parent/guardian/spouse and notarized. Petitions must be filed by the term's last day of late registration. 

Financially independent students must sign their petition and have it notarized. Petitions must be filed by the term's last day of late registration.

The review of the petition and an initial determination of the status may take up to six (6) weeks from the time a completed application is received, not including subsequent appeals. While petitions are under review, petitioners are required to make full tuition payment at the out-of-state(non-resident) rate. If the University determines that the petitioner meets all of the requirements for in-state residency, the petitioner's classification will be changed and a refund or account credit will be issued as appropriate.

Residency Reclassification Petition

Purpose: This form is intended for use by those who seek a change in residency classification or by those whose status cannot be determined from the information submitted with the application for admission.


Procedure: Complete the form online, print, sign and submit (in person or via certified postal mail) to the Office of the Registrar with ALL supporting documentation by the last day of registration of semester/term in which the student is petitioning.

Email inquiries to residency@morgan.edu

Processing Time: Up to 6 Weeks

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How to Appeal the Petition Decision

There are two levels of appeal:

Appeal -  A student whose Petition for in-state reclassification has been denied may appeal that decision to the Campus Classification Officer. This written request for appeal must be received no later than fifteen (15) working days from the date of the Office of the Registrar's Residency Evaluator's written denial of the Petition. Failure to appeal within fifteen (15) working days will mean that the Residency Evaluator's decision is final and no appeal will be reviewed, no secondary decision will be made, and the denial will be maintained until the student files another petition in a subsequent semester/term. If an approval is granted, the University will credit the student's account for any excess tuition paid.


Final Appeal - A student whose appeal is denied by the Campus Classification Officer may file a written appeal with the Office of the President's Chief of Staff within fifteen (15) working days. This appeal should present any and all information upon which the appeal is based and of which the student would like the Chief of Staff to be aware. Unless otherwise specifically requested by the Chief of Staff, information and arguments not presented by the student to the Campus Classification Officer shall not thereafter be considered on appeal. It is the student's responsibility to provide complete and timely responses to requests for information by the Chief of Staff; failure to do so may result in a denial of the appeal. The decision of the Chief of Staff is final and no further appeals will be accepted.