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Undergraduate Admissions

Residency Policy


In general, if you are a dependent student and at least one parent or guardian has resided in Massachusetts for one year or longer immediately preceding starting classes at UMass Amherst, then you qualify for in-state tuition. Vacation homes may not be used to qualify for Massachusetts residency. 

To determine if you can be considered a Massachusetts resident and thereby qualify for in-state tuition, please review the tuition policy.

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 in-state 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 in-state 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.

For more detailed information about tuition residency, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at 413-545-0222 or visit the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education website.

If you are a legal resident of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont and the major you want to pursue at UMass Amherst is not available at your state’s public colleges, you may qualify for a reduced tuition rate under the Tuition Break Program.

Based on information in your application you may qualify for in-state tuition residency based upon your visa status. In order to continue reviewing your application, please upload a copy of your visa and your parents’ visas on our Student Status Page in Slate.