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Residency Guidelines
October 2017: The University's Board of Trustees recently adopted a preferential tuition rate for residents of the DC metropolitan area who attend UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. Law students admitted for Fall 2018 and later will be classified as DC resident, Metro resident, or Non-resident, and charged different tuition rates accordingly. The Metro rate will apply to new students who can establish that they have resided in a qualifying zip code in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Montgomery or Prince George’s county for 12 months prior to the first day of classes. Additional information about applying for the metro resident rate will be posted here shortly.

Establishing DC Residency

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.

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.

Newly admitted (entering) law students should submit the Declaration of Residency to the Office of Admission (Suite 104) by mail or in person. Continuing law students may submit the Declaration of Residency or residency affidavit, as appropriate, to the Office of Finance by mail or in person (Room 488) or by email attachment (iodehen@udc.edu).

DC Residency Guidelines

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:

  1. 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;

  2. Where your driver’s license, if any, was issued;

  3. Where your motor vehicle, if any, is registered.

  4. What address you have used over the past several years for purposes of filing federal income tax returns, if any.

 

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