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What state do you have residency in if you live in DC?

twinmomtwinmom Posts: 2,826Registered User Senior Member
edited April 2011 in Pre-Med Topics
If you reside in Washington, DC, is there a particular state (or states) that you are considered to be a resident of when applying to medical school?
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Replies to: What state do you have residency in if you live in DC?

  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 23,337Registered User Senior Member
    only the 51st State. :D

    Since a DC resident doesn't pay state taxes anywhere but in DC, it would be hard to claim residency for tuition purposes in other states.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 76,727Registered User Senior Member
    Hopefully, someone in the VA or Maryland area can respond. I wouldn't be surprised if somehow they are given instate rates in one of those states for med school.
  • twinmomtwinmom Posts: 2,826Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, I was wondering if a DC resident might qualify for in-state tuition in any other states and/or favored status as an in-state resident whether the medical school is public or private.
  • bluebayoubluebayou Posts: 23,337Registered User Senior Member
    Virginia is pretty strict. An appeal can be made if the parent is working in Virginia (i.e.,paying taxes into the Richmond coffers).
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Posts: 7,741Registered User Senior Member
    I found UMD residency requirements and it appears that unless have a permanent residence in the state of MD, maintain all your personal property within the state, register to vote in MD, register your car in MD and hold MD driver's license and pay MD state income tax--you're not a resident.

    Surprised me too they're not eligible. DH grew in the DC 'burbs, and I remember him telling me that DC residents got in-state in both Maryland and Virginia.

    But I guess that the regulations have changed in the last 35+ years.
  • Lemaitre1Lemaitre1 Posts: 1,736Registered User Senior Member
    When I applied to medical school I was stationed overseas but was considered a resident of the District of Columbia. I did some research in this area and found that I was not considered a resident of any state. Some rural states, mainly in the west, that have no medical schools have arrangements with other states that do have public medical school that allow their residents to receive the same consideration for admission and pay the same tuition as residents of the state with a medical school. DC has no such arrangements with any states.

    It is unlikely that any neighboring state like Virginia and Maryland would be willing to enter into such an arrangement with DC and it might not even be legally possible since the District of Columbia is not a state. There are three private medical schools located in the District of Columbia. One is basically only open to members of a racial minority and the other two do not give any preference to DC residents in admissions nor charge DC residents lower tuition.

    My only option was to apply to private medical schools around the country and I ended up at MCP Hahnemann in Philadelphia which was later to become Drexel University school of medicine.

    The bottom line is if you are a DC resident there are no medical schools that will give you preferential treatment for admissions and none that will give you reduced tuition.
  • twinmomtwinmom Posts: 2,826Registered User Senior Member
    Thanks. A little more research shows that undergraduate students who are residents of DC may get in state tuition in other states, but not medical school. I'll pass the info on to the person who needs it.
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