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Residency Guidelines

UDC Law offers preferential tuition rates for residents of D.C. and the D.C. Metro area. In order to receive classification as a D.C. resident or D.C. Metro resident, one must have resided in D.C. or the D.C. Metro area for a minimum of one year prior to the deadlines outlined below. Active duty and recently discharged members of the military (and their dependents) may be able to waive the 12-month requirement by verifying their military status.

The D.C. Metro resident tuition rates apply to students residing in Prince George’s County or Montgomery County in Maryland or Alexandria County, Arlington County, or Fairfax County in Virginia. A comprehensive listing of covered counties, cities, and zip codes can be found here (.pdf). The D.C. Metro rates apply only to law students admitted for Fall 2018 or later.

To ensure that the residency of students is accurate for tuition assessment and the receipt of financial aid, the Proof of Residency Form (.pdf), notarized Residency Affidavit (.pdf) (if applicable), and all additional documentation must be submitted no later than the following deadlines:

Fall Semester – August 1
Spring Semester – December 1
Summer Semester – May 4

Proof of Residency Forms received after the above deadlines will be reviewed and approved for the following semester. If no form is received, you will be classified as a Non-Resident and charged the Non-Resident tuition rate.

In order to prove that you meet the qualifications, you MUST SUBMIT TWO of the approved proofs of residency. Students may claim residency on their own behalf, or if claimed as a dependent, on behalf of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s):

  • CERTIFIED STATE TAXES for the most recently completed calendar year (DC Form D-40 or D40EZ income tax return, Virginia Form 760 or Maryland Form 502, or other resident individual tax returns that bears address.)
  • VALID STATE ISSUED ID (passports are not accepted)
  • VOTER REGISTRATION PROFILE
  • A COPY OF A LEASE AGREEMENT/MORTGAGE
  • STATE BENEFITS (Must show one year of services rendered. State medical benefits are not accepted.)
  • MILITARY STATUS (Verify your status with Ms. Sequoyah Adebayo at military@udc.edu.)

Submitted documentation must show one year of full residency to qualify for D.C. or D.C. Metro tuition rates (unless you have verified military status). Some students may be asked for additional documentation to confirm proof of the requested residency classification. If the application is approved, students will be charged the D.C. Resident tuition rate or D.C. Metro Resident tuition rate for that academic year only. Students must reaffirm their residency status every year.

Continuing students who were previously granted D.C. or D.C. Metro residency and who remain D.C. or D.C. Metro residents must submit a completed Proof of Residency Form (.pdf) and a notarized Residency Affidavit (.pdf) attesting to the fact that they remain eligible for the preferential tuition rate. A student who moves out of D.C. or the D.C. Metro area must inform the Associate Dean of Administration and Finance (Dean William Nelson, wnelson@udc.edu) within two business days of the move, as the student is no longer eligible for the preferential tuition rate.

Entering students should submit their completed forms to the Office of Admission. Continuing students should submit their completed forms to the Office of Finance.

 

Office of Admission
Suite 104
4340 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
lawadmission@udc.edu

 

Office of Finance
ATTN: Muyi Idehen
4340 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
oidehen@udc.edu

 

Proof of Residency Resources

DC OFFICE OF TAX AND REVENUE:
https://otr.cfo.dc.gov/publication/cs-001-request-certified-copy-individual-or-business-tax-return

DC VOTER REGISTRATION PROFILE:
https://dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status


MARYLAND OFFICE OF TAX AND REVENUE:
https://taxes.marylandtaxes.gov/Resource_Library/Tax_Forms_and_Instructions/Request_A_Copy_of_Returns.shtml

MARYLAND VOTER REGISTRATION PROFILE:
https://voterservices.elections.state.md.us/VoterSearch


VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION:
https://tax.virginia.gov/sites/default/files/taxforms/miscellaneous/any/va-1-any.pdf
(Please note there is a 30 day turnaround time.)

VIRGINIA VOTER REGISTRATION PROFILE:
https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation


 

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