Apply

  1. Review current residency requirements  
  2. Complete your residency application using the Application For New York State Residency Status/Resident Tuition
  3. Submit all required documentation from the residency checklist to the Office of Student Accounts

Application Deadline

  • Winter Session Deadline: First week of January
  • Spring Semester Deadline: End of second week of classes
  • Summer Session Deadline: First week of July
  • Fall Semester Deadline: End of second week of classes

Completing the application and providing documentation

If you are charged tuition at the out-of-state rate and believe you are eligible for in-state tuition rates, you will need to apply for New York State Residency for Tuition Billing Purposes. At least three (3) documents demonstrating domicile must be submitted by all applicants. Independent applicants must submit NYS and Federal Tax Returns, W-2 and 1099 statements. Additional documents may also be required. All documents must be dated one year or more prior to the start date of the semester for which you are applying for residency.

  1. Independent students – Are financially self-sufficient and no longer receive any financial support from parents or legal guardians. Application: Complete Part A & C, sections 1 & 2. Documentation: Must provide evidence of both financial independence as well as a New York state domicile (see Column 1, Independent Student)
  2. Dependent students – Are financially dependent and receive financial support from parents, legal guardians (New York state court order legal guardianship), or spouse. Application: Complete Part A & C, sections 1 & 3. Documentation: Must be in the name of the parent, legal guardian or spouse (see Column 2, Dependent Student).

Signing the application

All students must sign Part A. Independent applicants must sign the attestation on Part C, section 2. Parents, legal guardians or spouses of dependent students must sign the attestation on Part C, section 3. Attestations must be signed before a Notary Public.

Residency Checklist

*Note: the following table indicates the acceptable documents and the source of the documents (Student/Parent/Guardian/Spouse)

Acceptable Document Type

Independent Student

Dependent Student

Alien Registration Card or Visa (Non-U.S. Citizens only) Permanent Residents, Refugees and Asylees, including those with pending applications, certain visa holders* and some undocumented aliens may establish NYS residency in accordance with these policies.

* A1-A3, E1, E2, G1-G5, H1B, H1C, H4, I, K1-K4, L1 and L2, N8 and N9, O1, O3, S5-S7, T1-T4, U1-U4, and V1-V3.

Student

Student/Parent/Guardian/Spouse

Documents Used to Demonstrate Domicile 

*At least three must be submitted, more documents may be requested

NYS Driver License

Student

Student/Parent/Guardian/Spouse

NYS Identification Card (DMV Issued )

Student

Student/Parent/Guardian/Spouse

NYS Vehicle Registration

Student

Parent/Guardian/Spouse

NYS Voter Registration

Student

Student/Parent/Guardian/Spouse

Signed New York State Residential Lease or Deed (At least 12 months prior to the start of the semester)

Student

Parent/Guardian/Spouse

New York State Resident Income Tax Return
(From prior year.)

Student

Parent/Guardian/Spouse

NYS Bank Account
(Currently held account: one current statement and one statement issued 12 months prior to the start of the semester.)

Student

Parent/Guardian/Spouse

Documents Used to Demonstrate Financial Independence

*(In addition to documents used to demonstrate Domicile)

New York State and Federal Income Tax Returns
(From prior year.)

Student

N/A

TA/GA Departmental Offer Letter With Signatures(Graduate Students)

Student

N/A

W-2 and 1099 statements

Student

N/A

Exceptions to the Domicile Rule

Military Home of Record – Form DD-4
(Dependents and spouses of Full-Time Active Members of the U.S.
Armed Forces stationed out-of-state, whose Home of Record is New York State.)

N/A

Parent/Guardian/Spouse

Active Duty Military Orders
(Members of U.S. Armed Forces on Full-Time Active Duty and stationed in New York state and their spouse and dependents.)

Student

Parent/Guardian/Spouse

U.S. Military Identification and/or Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card

Student

Parent/Guardian/Spouse

Official/Final High School Transcript w/award of degree.

Student

N/A

Affidavit of Intent to Legalize Immigration Status

Student

N/A

At least three (3) documents must support the claim to have permanently resided in New York state for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the semester or term you are applying for.

Additional Resources

SUNY Residency Policy

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)