“There could be a loss of a great amount of money,” said Christopher Tkacik, university counsel at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
As the campus classification officer, Tkacik reviews residency determinations, as well as petitions by out-of-state students to be considered Maryland residents.
According to the regents’ policy, Maryland residents don’t have to be U. citizens, but they do need to be legally living in Maryland.
An illegal immigrant or a person with a student visa would not be able to qualify as a state resident. “If a question goes unanswered, or if they left something blank, we will …
Auditors found that Coppin State did not always ask for documentation to support residency determinations.
Out of 15 in-state Coppin students that had primary addresses in other states, there was no documentation to determine why seven of them were classified as residents.The Frostburg State admissions application, for example, asks a battery of questions about where applicants – and others they may be dependent on, such as parents or guardians – live and pay taxes.One question asks if the applicant is in Maryland primarily to attend a university.Other questions ask where an applicant’s possessions are, if he or she has a Maryland driver’s license and is registered to vote in Maryland, and whether he or she has been paying state taxes on any income.Frostburg admissions director Trisha Gregory said that the answers to the residency questions are reviewed by staff along with the full application.Hollander said the regents’ committee is still reviewing Towson’s status report.Coppin State’s report will not be requested until later this year.When problems are pointed out by audits, USM Associate Vice Chancellor Teri Hollander said that the university system itself starts investigating.Four months after the audit, the central USM office asks the individual universities for status reports on the changes requested by the auditors.This form requires students to write at least one essay and provide detailed documentation regarding income and expenses.Students are also required to submit copious supporting documents.