UDC Law offers preferential tuition rates for residents of D.C. and the D.C. Metro area if they 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. Please view the list of approved counties, cities, and zip codes. 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,  and approved supporting documents must be submitted no later than the following deadlines:

Fall Semester – August 1
Spring Semester – December 1

Proof of Residency Form and approved supporting documents received after the above deadlines, will be processed for the following semester (not including summer semester). If no form or approved supporting documents are received, students will be classified as a Non-Resident and charged the Non-Resident tuition rate.

To prove that you meet the qualifications, you MUST SUBMIT TWO of the approved supporting documents listed below (See How to Obtain Supporting Documents below). 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 (at least one year prior to the deadlines above)
  • 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 sequoyah.adebayo@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. residents or D.C. Metro residents, must submit a completed Proof of Residency Form and approved supporting documents attesting 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 Ms. Osamuyimen “Muyi” Idehen, Director of Finance and Administration, by submitting an e-mail to oidehen@udc.edu, within two business days of the move, as the student is no longer eligible for the preferential tuition rate.

Incoming students should submit their completed form and approved supporting documents to the Office of Admission, 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20008 or by email to lawadmission@udc.edu.
Continuing students should submit their completed form and approved supporting documents to the Office of Finance and Administration, 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Room 442, Washington, DC 20008 or by email to oidehen@udc.edu

How to Obtain Supporting Documents

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.maryland.gov/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