Any student, who will have resided in the District of Columbia for one year by the first day of classes for any semester, may apply for the preferential tuition rate. Also, if you (or your spouse, parent, or legal guardian) are an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces, Selective Reserve, or National Guard, you qualify for preferential tuition regardless of residency.
If you qualify based on military status, you must present proof of your (or your spouse’s, parent's, or legal guardian's) active duty status at registration.
If you do not qualify based on military status:
The first time you seek to establish D.C. residency status, you must submit the Declaration of Residency form (.pdf) and supporting documentation requested therein. The determination will be based on the Residency Guidelines below. Students will be notified by mail of the residency determination.
Favorable residency determinations are valid through summer semester of the year for which residency is approved unless the student moves out of the District.
Students who were previously granted D.C. residency status, and who remain D.C. residents, may submit a notarized affidavit (.pdf) attesting to the fact that they remain eligible for the preferential tuition rate.
A student who moves out of the District must inform the Associate Dean of Administration and Finance within two business days of the move because the student is no longer eligible for the preferential tuition rate.
I. Presumptive Bona Fide Residents of the District of Columbia
You shall be presumed a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia if, for the year immediately preceding the first day of classes for the semester for which you are seeking resident status,
(a) you were domiciled in the District and either paid District income taxes or received public assistance from a District government agency; or
(b) you were claimed as a dependent on District resident tax returns filed by your parent(s) or spouse who was domiciled in the District.
II. Establishing District Residency by a Preponderance of the Evidence
If you cannot satisfy the above criteria, you may still be able to establish District residency if you can demonstrate by a preponderance of the evidence that (1) you were a bona fide resident of the District for the year immediately preceding the first day of classes for the semester for which you are seeking resident status; and (2) you remain a bona fide resident of the District.
While the following factors shall be taken into consideration, no single factor or combination of factors is decisive:
- Whether you have lived in the District of Columbia of Columbia, as evidenced by lease or mortgage agreements. A lease or mortgage agreement alone is not sufficient to establish residency. If your name does not appear on the lease or mortgage agreement, you must submit a notarized statement from the landlord attesting to the date you moved into the dwelling and how long you have lived there;
- Where your driver’s license, if any, was issued;
- Where your motor vehicle, if any, is registered.
- What address you have used over the past several years for purposes of filing federal income tax returns, if any.