Residency & Non-Residency
Residency status for seat allocation and invitation to interview will be determined at the time of application by each applicant's legal state/province of residence as indicated on their AMCAS application. Each applicant is responsible for selecting their correct legal state of residence on their AMCAS application.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the School of Medicine Residency Policy. Guidelines are subject to change without notice.
All residency information will be verified upon admittance to the University of Utah School of Medicine by Graduate Admissions. Additional information regarding residency and institutional policy can be found here.
Click the state below that applies to you to see what additional information may be required:
All applicants who list Utah as their legal state residence on their AMCAS application, have graduated from a Utah high school, college, or university, enlisted in the military, or have American Indian heritage will be required to fill out the Utah Residency Application as part of the secondary application.
The Utah Residency Application requires submission of the following information:
- Driver's license/state ID
- Tax information
- Activities for the past 3 years
- Military experience
- American Indian heritage
If the information gathered by the Utah Residency Application is not sufficient to approve Utah residency at the time of application, a preliminary non-resident status may be assigned.
Upon acceptance, applicants who have met all in-state residency requirements, have listed Utah as their legal state of residency on AMCAS, and were initially classified as a non-resident at time of application may be eligible to petition for in-state classification with the Graduate Admissions Office.
Students wishing to appeal their first year residency status must receive written approval from the School of Medicine prior to requesting a status change with the Residency office. Varying documentation proving Utah residency may be requested by the Residency office, including but not limited to:
- Driver's license/state ID
- Voter registration
- Federal and state tax information
- Documentation of past activities (transcripts, pay stubs, etc.)
- Military ties (DD-214, military privilege card, etc.)
- American Indian heritage (Certificate of Blood)
All reclassification requests and documentation must be submitted by the specified deadlines. Change of status is not guaranteed, even with approval from the School of Medicine. More information about residency, reclassification, and institutional policy can be found here.
The University of Utah School of Medicine accepts 10 Idaho students each year through a partnership with the state of Idaho.
In order to qualify for one of the 10 designated seats, Idaho residents must complete Idaho State Certification. If the state certification is approved, the applicant will be considered an Idaho resident for all 4 years of medical school and will not be eligible to petition for Utah residency after the first year.
Upon acceptance, certified Idaho students are eligible for reduced tuition rates, with the state of Idaho providing funding for the difference between in-state and out-of-state costs.
Through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP), incoming Montana students who are certified residents of their home state may be eligible to attend the U of U School of Medicine at reduced or resident tuition rates.
Montana applicants must apply for resident certification through their home states no later than October 15th of the year prior to admission. Applicants must be certified through their home states prior to completion of the secondary application.
If the state certification is approved and PSEP funding is awarded, the applicant will be considered a resident of their home state for all 4 years of medical school and will not be eligible to petition for Utah residency after the first year.
If the applicant is awarded PSEP support, that funding (provided by their home state) will cover the majority of the difference in cost between resident and non-resident tuition.
Applicants who are not awarded PSEP funding, will pay non-resident tuition rates for the entirety of their medical school experience.
Through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP), incoming Wyoming students who were certified by their home state were previously eligible to attend the University of Utah School of Medicine at reduced tuition rates.
As of July 2022, the state of Wyoming placed a hold on WICHE PSEP funding for all new allopathic medical students enrolling summer/fall of 2023 or later until further notice.
Wyoming residents accepted to the University of Utah School of Medicine will be required to pay non-resident tuition for the entirety of their medical school experience will not be eligible to petition to reclassify for in-state tuition.
Applicants who indicate any legal state other than Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, or who have not graduated from a Utah high school, college, or university will immediately be classified as non-residents for tuition purposes and seat placement.
This status will be confirmed upon acceptance and cannot be changed for at least the first year of enrollment, except in situations where the applicant meets the requirement for a military, American Indian, or Utah high school graduate exception. Information regarding residency exceptions and institutional policy can be found here.
Beginning Fall Semester 2021 or later, non-resident students (except those who indicated on their AMCAS application that their states of residence include Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming) are eligible for residency reclassification one year after their medical school studies commence. Students interested in reclassifying must meet the criteria outlined in the School of Medicine Residency Policy and submit all requested documentation by the specified deadlines. Information regarding reclassifying residency can be found here.
Permanent Residents, Refugees/Asylees, & Visa Holders
To be eligible for admission, applicants must:
- Hold a United States permanent resident card, or
- Be a refugee/asylee and hold permanent status in the United States, or
- Be a visa holder who qualifies for the Utah House Bill 118 non-resident tuition waiver
Permanent Residents and Refugees/Asylees:
Permanent Residents or refugees/asylees who list Utah as their state of residence on AMCAS may be eligible to receive in-state tuition rates.
Permanent Residents or refugees/asylees who do not list Utah as their state of residence on AMCAS may be eligible to reclassify for in-state tuition after the first year of medical school, or may be eligible to have the non-resident portion of their tuition waived if they qualify for House Bill 144.
Eligible Visa Holders
An applicant’s visa type as indicated on AMCAS at the time of primary application will be used to determine admission eligibility requirements. Eligible visa holders must meet the requirements for Utah House Bill 118. Visa holders who do not meet the requirements for House Bill 118 are not eligible for admission.
Eligible visa holders are not eligible for Title IV federal and state financial aid, however, they may be eligible to apply and be considered for University of Utah institutional scholarships. Many students apply for private loans to cover their cost of attendance.
Moreover, they may qualify for reduced tuition through a non-resident tuition waiver if they attended a Utah high school for more than 3 years and graduated. For more information about the House Bill 118 non-resident tuition waiver, please visit the U of U Non-Resident Tuition Waiver website.
For more information about International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), please visit the University of Utah ISSS website.
DACA & Undocumented Students
- To be eligible for admission, DACA and undocumented applicants must qualify for Utah House Bill 144 and complete all UUSOM admissions requirements.
- Students with DACA or undocumented status are not eligible for Title IV federal and state financial aid, however, they may be eligible to apply for University of Utah institutional scholarships. Many students apply for private loans to cover their cost of attendance.
- Upon acceptance, DACA or undocumented students may qualify for reduced tuition through a non-resident tuition waiver if they meet the eligibility requirements for Utah House Bill 144.
- For more information on House Bill 144 and non-resident tuition waivers, please visit the U of U Non-Resident Tuition Waiver website.
University of Utah Informational Resources
National Informational Resources
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