bright-yellow-square-color-swatch Utah Valley University In-State Rules

Rules and regulations for in-state residency vary by university, and so do the costs and benefits of earning residency status. Following you will find a synopsis of the major in-state requirements and a cost comparison overview of the tuition variance for the largest public university in the state, Utah Valley University.

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Utah Valley University Tuition Overview:

Cost per year includes tuition-only for 30 total credit hours (15 hours/semester).

$14,074 out-of-state tuition

$4,542 in-state tuition

$9,532 tuition savings/year


UVU’s Total Cost of Attendance:

Cost per year using total of 30 credit hours, and includes tuition and fees, and average estimates for room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

$25,192 out-of-state residents

$15,660 in-state residents

$9,532 savings/year

Utah Valley University In-State Requirements:

In order to showcase clear and convincing evidence to the school that you are a Utah resident (deserving of in-state tuition), there is a one-year process in place where you must take various actions. These actions will lead to documentation you will provide the school with that confirms your in-state residency status.  The documents are to prove your state of domicile (dwelling) being Utah, and confirm the actions you have taken that are no different than what any other person does when they move to a new home state (i.e. driver’s license, voter registration).

Another very important factor for earning residency here is that you must be physically present in Utah for the bulk of the one-year domicile period, and be able to prove it.  Some students leave for the entire summer and stay with parents in another state; that will disqualify you from earning residency here.  There are a certain number of days absence from Utah that are allowed and must be adhered to no matter the reason for absence from UT.

In general, a good candidate for in-state tuition here is a person who:

  • is able to remain in Utah throughout the year with limited absences
  • can sever ties to other states and establish them in Utah
  • can obtain employment and work in-state if need be
  • is an independent adult who can support self financially over half so as to not be considered a dependent of another


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Utah Valley University Out-of-State Tuition vs. In-State Tuition:

An annual tuition difference of $9,532 is no small pocket change.  Take into consideration a four-year attendance at the university, and that leads to a grand total of almost $40,000 ($38,128) more that a non-resident student would pay in tuition compared to a resident student.


Utah Valley University Financial Aid:

A couple things you need to know about financial aid as it relates to earning in-state residency:

  1. Any financial aid including grants and scholarships that require your being a tax dependent of somebody OR require you to be an out-of-state resident will in general disqualify you from establishing residency.  This means that by accepting such awards, you will be getting no closer to in-state tuition.
  2. Your financial aid is re-assessed after earning in-state status and your Expected Family Contribution will be taken into consideration in light of the reduced tuition you will owe.

See article: Do Your FAFSA…You Will Thank Us Later


Utah Valley University Grants:

Utah State offers a number of need-based grants for Utah residents, including the Higher Education Success Stipend Program, Utah Education Fund and Need Based Tuition Assistance program.  Award amounts are up to $1,000 per semester, depending on funds available.

Utah Valley University Scholarships:

Academic Merit Scholarships (residents)

All Utah resident freshman are automatically considered for Academic Merit scholarships. This program is broken down into four levels, based on GPA and test scores: Presidential (full tuition, fees and stipend for four years), Exemplary, Outstanding, and Distinguished (one-half resident tuition for the first year).

Dean’s Merit Scholarships (residents)

Resident students can apply for Dean’s Merit scholarships every year. These are offered through different departments and requirements vary. Maximum award amounts can equal at least one semester’s full tuition. The university’s supplemental scholarship application must be submitted.

Presidential Merit Scholarship (nonresidents)

UVU’s top nonresident scholarship. Requires a minimum 3.9 GPA and 1340 SAT/30 ACT test scores.  One recipient receives full tuition, fees and stipend award, renewable up to 8 semesters.

Exemplary Merit Scholarship

Students with a minimum 3.7 GPA and minimum 1220 SAT/27 ACT test scores receive full tuition award, renewable for up to 8 semesters. Nonresident students are responsible for the difference between resident tuition and nonresident tuition.

Non-Resident Waiver

Students that qualify for the waiver are given tuition at the resident rate for the first year only. UVU strongly encourages students to apply for residency during their first year. Academic requirements for incoming freshman include a 3.3 high school GPA and 1110 SAT/24 ACT test score. Students that would have otherwise qualified for Presidential or Exemplary Merit Scholarships but miss the application deadline are eligible for the Non-Resident Waiver.

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$14,074 out-of-state tuition/year

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$9,532 potential savings/year

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