WANT TO CHANGE YOUR RESIDENCY?
"Residency" is a legal term that carries numerous rights and responsibilities. Even
if you have multiple homes, you may only have one legal residency. Allegany College
of Maryland MUST follow state regulations from the COMAR (Code of Maryland Regulations)
and federal law. Only student who can satisfactorily prove their legal residence may
change it. Incomplete, false, and/or misleading information related to residency will
result in the classification reverted to its original classification and may be subject
to disciplinary action pursuant to the Code of Student conduct. If a reduced tuition
rate was obtained as a result of the incomplete, false, and/or misleading information
provided, the College reserves the right to retro actively adjust the correct tuition
rate for each semester affected.
HERE ARE THE GENERAL RULES:
When you applied to ACM, you certified your residency (ie., in county, out of county,
out of state); this original residency applies unless/until you make a permanent move
to a different locality and successfully petition to change your residency.
- If you want to change your residency, you must demonstrate by clear and convincing
evidence that you qualify for the change. Petitions must be submitted before the end
of the semester for which you are requesting the change. Residency cannot be changed
- If you are under 18 years old, you are presumed to be financially dependant on your
parent(s) or legal guardian(s) unless you have been emancipated by a court or marriage;
your residency is where your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) live. If they are divorced/separated,
you must demonstrated which parent provided at least 51% of your support.
- If you are over 18 years old, your residency is where you live*
*Unless your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) claimed you on their income taxes OR your
parent(s) or legal guardian(s) provided at least 51% of your financial support during
the last 12 months.
- You must be able to prove that you (or your parent/guardian as noted above) resided
in the new locality for three (3) months before the semester began.
- There are exceptions for special populations including active military, veterans,
BRAC, and Maryland Dream Act.
- You MAY NOT change your residency just to get lower tuition. You must plan to stay
at your current address indefinitely - which must be the place you call "home".
- Willowbrook Woods or other temporary housing MY NOT be your permanent address.
TO PROVE RESIDENCY, YOU MUST PROVIDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING (REQUIRED):
- A Maryland driver's license (or state ID card with current address); if you do not
have one, you may sign a written declaration explaining why, and this requirement
can be waived for good cause.
- Your tax return for the most recent year filed; if you did not file taxes, then you
must submit the tax return filed by the person who claimed you as a dependent OR sign
a written declaration explaining why no tax return was filed.
- Plus, 2 forms of proof such as a mortgage/lease, notarized statement from the property
owner, county tax bill, vehicle registration, voter registration, utility bill, selective
service registration, Military Veteran records, public assistance/benefits records,
or Financial Aid override in your name. Additional forms of proof may be required
depending on the student's circumstances.
These forms of proof MUST show that you lived at your current address at least three
(3) months before the start of the semester, and all documentation must be in the
name of the student or person upon whom the student is financially dependent.
If you think you qualify, contact Student & Legal Affairs at (301)784-5206 to make an appointment. Be sure to bring your documentation! If
your petition is denied, you may appeal to the Student Services Appeal Committee whose
decision is final.