Students on student visas will not qualify for in-state tuition. International students will be considered out-of-state for tuition residency purposes; they must contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office and provide appropriate visa documentation in order to initiate a residency reclassification review.
For dependent students, tuition residency is determined based on the residency of the parents. If both parents reside outside Massachusetts, then international students will be classified as out-of-state students for tuition residency purposes. Relatives or friends of the family who serve as support contacts in the U.S. do not qualify international students for in-state tuition residency. Residing in Massachusetts as a full-time student will not later qualify a student for in-state tuition residency. Students on F-1, F-2, J-1, and J-2 visas will not qualify for in-state tuition.
Exceptions: Students residing in Massachusetts who have applied for permanent residency or asylum and who can submit INS documents verifying their application has been received and/or is in process may qualify for instate tuition residency if their family meets other in-state tuition residency requirements. In addition, students residing in Massachusetts on some visas (A, E, G, H, I, K, L, N, O, R, S, T, U, V visas) and who can submit documentation of their visa status may qualify for in-state tuition residency if their family meets other in-state tuition residency requirements. In these cases, students may contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office after applying for admission to obtain more detailed information about how to pursue an instate tuition residency review.
NOTE: Certain international students may qualify for in-state tuition, depending on their visa type. Examples include:
dependent students on H-4 visas, whose parents have been residing and working in Massachusetts for a year or more;
students who have received Deferred Status (DACA) through the Obama initiative. Please see this website for more information.