I am in a strange situation of being a US resident, but not being eligable to apply at any school as an "in state" applicant. I was wondering if anyone else is in this position and if there's anything that can be done. I am living in Mass now, and I have lived here for about 2 years. I don't qualify to apply to UMASS, though because they require 5 years of continuous residence if you are not originally from Massachusetts. But since I have been living and paying taxes here for the last few years, I cannot claim residence anywhere else. I grew up in Maryland, and my folks still live there. I haven't lived in MD since 1992, and I haven't been a dependent of my parents since 1996. Clearly I don't qualify as an instate candidate when applying to the University of Maryland in terms of tuition. However, does anyone know if having ties to a state will increase my chances of admission? Any advice is appreciated.