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Guide to Resident Tuition Policy

Many parents and students are interested in understanding the requirements to qualify for the New York State resident tuition rate at the State University of New York. The difference between the resident and non-resident tuition rates is significant. The requirements can be complex, so please read this entire document carefully and contact the campus if you have further questions. Contact Community Colleges directly for information about their tuition rates. Each individual SUNY campus is responsible for determining a student's residency status and tuition charges. The campus determination is final. See the Glossary for information about terms used in this guide.

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Eligibility Basics

At the State-operated campuses (University Centers, University Colleges, and Technology Colleges), students are generally considered New York State residents if they have established their domicile in NY State for at least twelve months prior to the last day of the registration period of a particular term.

Determination of Domicile

To determine a student's domicile, campuses use the following principles:

Proof of Domicile

Campuses rely on documents and circumstances such as, but not limited to, the following to determine if an individual's domicile is in New York State. For financially dependent students, the campus relies on documents relating to parents or legal guardian.

Questions about resident and non-resident tuition rates should be directed to the Student Accounts Office at each SUNY campus.

Exceptions to the Domicile Rule

Military Personnel

Immigrant, Non-immigrant and undocumented aliens

Glossary of Terms

Some terms used in this document have special meaning in the University's Resident Tuition policy:


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Last Updated: 2/19/16