MA Residency Criteria

MA residency is routinely demonstrated by graduation from a MA high school. Applicants who have graduated from a MA high school are required to list the following on their AMCAS applications:

  • MA as their state of legal residence
  • MA as their permanent address (note: a post office box is not sufficient for consideration as a permanent address

Applicants must also list the following on the school specific residency validation secondary form:

  • MA as their state of legal residence during high school (note: a post office box is not sufficient for consideration as a legal address.)

Those applicants who do not meet the specifics of the above criteria must “…show proof of continuous Massachusetts residency for a period of not less than five years immediately prior to enrollment.”

The following documentation may be considered by the UMMS Admissions Committee in determining MA residency:

  • Foremost are five years of uninterrupted federal and state tax returns. Applicants must demonstrate they have listed MA as their legal residence on their federal and MA state tax returns. If the applicant’s parents claim the applicant as a dependent on their taxes, the parent(s) must list MA as their legal residence on their federal and MA state tax returns. Partial year tax returns will be considered.

In lieu of five years of uninterrupted federal and state tax returns, the following documents may be helpful in demonstrating MA residency:

  • Residency of custodial parent(s) or legal guardian. A copy of a divorce decree may be required for documentation.
  • Employment history in the state of MA (including W2 forms for as many years as possible).
  • Military record listing MA as legal residence.
  • MA driver’s license.
  • MA voter registration.
  • Marriage certificate listing MA as legal residence.
  • Mortgage, rent, property tax or utility receipts in the applicant’s name listing MA as legal residence.
  • Government bills or invoices in the applicant’s name listing MA as legal residence.

Producing only one or two sets of documents may not be sufficient in the absence of the tax returns. Please provide as many of the above listed documents as possible to assist the UMMS Admissions Committee in determining your MA residency. The committee reserves the right to consider each such case individually.