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Applying for New York State Residency

Students who are charged the non-resident tuition rate, have reviewed the residency eligibility requirements, and would like to be considered for in-state tuition rates, should complete the Application for New York State Residency for Tuition Billing Purposes.

NOTE: Students who have graduated from high school in New York, or who have completed a New York State GED program, should check to see if they meet the requirements to submit an abbreviated application, below.

How To Apply

Applicants should download the Residency Application Form and mail their completed application, along with the requested supporting documentation, to the Office of Student Accounts. Applications should be accompanied by at least three (3) forms of supporting documentation as requested in the application. Applications must be received by the second week of the term in which you are applying.

This table summarizes the residency filing deadline dates for the upcoming terms. Applications received after the deadline dates will be considered for the next term.

Term Deadline Date
Winter 2016 January 8, 2016
Spring 2016 February 5, 2016

Applications should be mailed to:

Residency Applications
Student Accounts Office
254 Administration Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-1301

Please note that applications received in the Office of Student Accounts are imaged upon receipt, and the original application form is destroyed. For this reason, we ask that you do not submit original copies of any documentation. Our office will be unable to return any original documentation submitted.

We also ask that you minimize the number of staples used on your application, and avoid attaching post-it notes or other annotation tabs to the application form. Please complete your application in blue or black ink. We also ask that do not use pencil to complete your application.

Express Application for New York High School Graduates / GED Holders

Students who have graduated from a high school in New York State, or have completed a NYS GED program may submit an abbreviated application assuming they meet the following criteria:

  1. Have graduated from a NYS high school;
  2. Attended a NYS high school for at least 2 full years;
  3. Applied to the University within five (5) years of receiving their high school diploma.


  1. Attended and completed an approved New York State program for a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam preparation;
  2. Received a GED from the State of New York;
  3. Applied to the University within five (5) years of receiving their GED.

Students who meet the criteria set forth above may submit an Express Application for New York State Residency. All others should complete a regular application.

NOTE: Students without lawful immigration status who have graduated from high school in New York should also submit the express application. Such students should also complete the "Affidavit of Intent" that is included as part of that application.

Review Process and Timeline

All applications are reviewed in the order of receipt in the Office of Student Accounts. Incomplete applications, applications that have not been signed and notarized, as well as applications received without sufficient supporting documentation, will delay a response.

Processing times will vary depending on application volume. It can take between 2-4 weeks to receive an initial response on your application.

Communication regarding your application will be communicated via email. It is important that you check your email regularly to ensure that you reply to any requests for additional documentation or information in a timely fashion. This will speed the review of your application.

Your application decision will also be communicated via email.