SECTION 5: REBUTTAL EVIDENCE (To be completed by the Petitioner)
As provided in Section II.B of USM BOR VIII-2.70 Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes, either of the
following circumstances raises a presumption that the student is residing in the State of Maryland primarily for the purpose of
attending an educational institution, and, therefore, does not qualify for in-state status under the Policy:
• A student is attending school or living outside of Maryland at the time of application for admission to the USM institution; or
• A student is Financially Dependent on a person who is not a resident of Maryland. A Financially Dependent student is one
who has been claimed as a dependent on another person’s prior year tax returns or is a ward of the State of Maryland. A
student will be considered financially independent if the student provides 50% or more of his or her own living and
educational expenses and has not been claimed as a dependent on another person’s most recent tax returns.
f the information received by the institution has raised the presumption set forth above, the student bears the burden of rebutting the
presumption by presenting additional evidence of objectively verifiable conduct to rebut the presumption and show the requisite
intent to reside in Maryland indefinitely and for a primary purpose other than that of attending an educational institution in Maryland.
Rebuttal evidence of intent must be clear and convincing and will be evaluated not only by the amount presented but also based
upon the reliability, authenticity, credibility and relevance of the evidence and the totality of facts known to the institution. Evidence
that does not document a period of at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to and including the last date available
to register for courses in the semester/term for which the student seeks in
tate tuition status is generally considered an unfavorable
factor under the Policy. The absence of objective, relevant evidence is generally considered an unfavorable factor. A student’s
statement of intent to remain in Maryland in the future is generally not considered to be objective evidence under the Policy.
For purposes of rebutting the presumption, additional evidence that will be considered includes, but is not limited to:
1) Source of financial support:
a. Maryland employment and earnings history through sources beyond those incident to enrollment as a student in an
educational institution e.g., beyond support provided by work study, scholarships, grants, stipends, aid, student
loans, etc. (Tuition costs will be considered as a student expense only to the extent tuition exceeds the amount of
any educational scholarships, grants, student loans, etc.), or
b. Evidence the student is Financially Dependent, for the previous 12 months, upon a person who is a resident of
2) Substantial participation as a member of a professional, social, community, civic, political, athletic or religious organization
in Maryland, including professionally related school activities that demonstrate a commitment to the student's community or
to the State of Maryland.
Attach signed statement(s) on letterhead from the professional, social, community, civic, political, athletic, or
religious organizations showing the activity and applicable dates.
3) Registration as a Maryland resident with the Selective Service, if applicable.
Attach a copy of Selective Service registration.
4) Evidence that the student is married to a Maryland resident.
Attach a copy of marriage certificate.
5) Evidence that the student attended schools in Maryland for grades K‐12.