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Establishing New York State Residency Status for Tuition Billing Purposes
New York State Residency Guidelines for Tuition Determination
An individual's domicile is that place where one maintains a permanent home and to which one intends to return. A residence hall is generally not considered a permanent home, and additional documentation is required for exceptions.
The deadline for change of residency by matriculated students with appropriate documentation is one month prior to the registration date for your college for the next semester (you must file a change for residency status six weeks prior to the registration deadline that you wish to have the change in effect). The Application for continuing/returning students is available on-line and also in the Office of the Registrar.
Residency determination for in-state versus out-of-state tuition rates for entering students is made by filing a New York State Residency application through the Office of Student Admissions (for incoming students) and through the Office of the Registrar (for continuing students). Submit all documents together in one package.
A U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.A. whose domicile has been in New York State for a one-year period prior to registration pays in-state tuition rates. Persons who do not meet this one-year requirement are out-of-state residents and pay out of state tuition rates. In-state rates will be applied to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, while on full-time active duty in New York State. This classification is provided to the eligible individual only and not to the spouse or dependents of such person. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.A. must provide proof of immigration status before a residency determination can be made. Students on a temporary immigration status, aliens not lawfully present in the U.S.A. and students awaiting approval of an application for a change of immigration status are generally not eligible for New York State residency for tuition purposes. Each case will be considered individually, following the State University of New York’s “Administrative Policies on the Establishment of Residence for Tuition Purposes.”
The term resident is defined as an individual whose domicile is in New York State. The following principles would assist the residency determination under this policy.
For more information about NYS Residency Tuition Policies, you may review the SUNY Guidelines.