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COVID-19 Update on Residency

If you are currently establishing residency and need to leave Utah due to COVID-19, time spent outside Utah will not impact your residency status. From March 13, 2020 until the end of Spring semester, students may leave the state and it will not count against residency. We will continue to monitor how state and national recommendations affect residency laws. Details will be shared directly with students and on the Residency website. Additional questions may be directed to

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have an estimated date on when restrictions will be lifted?
No. At this time we know that restrictions will be in place from March 13, 2020 until at least April 29, 2020 (the end of Spring Semester.) We will continue to monitor state and national recommendations. Once a return date is determined, USU will work with students to allow sufficient time for arrangements (flights, housing, etc) to be made for their return to Utah to complete their residency requirements. This date will be posted on

 Will I have to make up the time I was out of state for COVID-19?
No. Your initial year mark will be honored. For example, if you planned on establishing residency from August 1, 2019 – August 1, 2020, you may still use these 12 months to apply for residency. At the time we process your application, we will take into account the impact COVID-19 had and make an exception for the time it affected.

 Do I need to submit documentation to prove that the reason I was out of state was for COVID-19?
If it is during the timeframe when COVID-19 restrictions were in place, no documentation will be required. If it is prior to March 13, 2020 and/or after the return date (TBD,) documentation will be required.

 I plan on serving a religious mission right after my 12 months. When should I apply?
You are encouraged to apply at your 11th month mark in order to allow sufficient time to process your application.

 I haven’t obtained my drivers license, voter registration or vehicle registration but I need to leave the state due to COVID-19. Will this affect my residency application?
Exceptions will be made if these were obtained less than 3 months prior to the semester you are applying for. However, these requirements will need to be met at the time you submit your residency application. If you don’t have a vehicle in Utah, you do not need a vehicle registration.

 If I go home to a different state due to COVID-19, can I get a job while I’m there?
Yes. However, it is important that you don’t relinquish your Utah driver’s license by obtaining a drivers license in a different state.

 Are the residency information sessions on March 26, 2020 and April 13, 2020 cancelled?
Yes. Please contact us at and we will be happy to answer your residency questions.

If I am not a current USU student but have been living in Utah to establish residency for tuition purposes at USU, do these FAQs and updates apply to me as well?

 For more frequently asked questions, please visit our FAQ page

As more information becomes available, this page will be updated.

Information about USU’s approach to preventing the disease on our campuses is at

Utah Residency for Tuition Purposes 

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020

  • Priority deadline to meet the tuition and fee payment: August 1, 2020
  • Final deadline: September 21, 2020

Spring 2021

  • Priority deadline to meet the tuition and fee payment: December 1, 2020
  • Final deadline: February 1, 2021

Apply for Residency

Do you meet one of the following requirements:

  • You are an active duty U.S. Military service member or veteran.
  • You are a dependent of a U.S. Military service member or veteran.

For further residency information, please contact the USU Admissions Office:

Phone: 435.797.1079
Fax: 435.797.3708

Taggart Student Center 102
0160 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-0160

Information Sessions

We host info sessions to help answer questions about the residency process in TSC 102, Admissions Office.

  • Jan 17 at 3:00pm


See our full residency policy, outlining all exemptions and details on our FAQ page.

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