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Funded Graduate Students - Establishing Residency

In order to maintain full tuition scholarship funding, you are normally required to establish New York State residency by the start of your second year of study. Generally, all tuition scholarships are paid at the New York State resident rate for your second and subsequent years of study.

To be eligible for resident tuition in your second year, it is important that you take steps to make New York State your documented residence as soon as you arrive in New York. These steps include transferring your driver's license and vehicle registration to the State of New York, registering to vote in the State, and changing your address on file with your bank to your New York address. You should also keep a copy of your lease (or deed) for your residence.

Your New York State residency eligibility is based on your ability to demonstrate that you have taken steps to make New York your primary residence for the past year. In accordance with this policy, it is important that you take the outlined steps to document your New York residence immediately following your arrival in the State. Failure to do so could make you ineligible for resident tuition rates in your second year. Your documentation should be transferred to New York within 30 days of your arrival in the state to ensure eligibility.

Funded graduate students are asked to complete a residency application by the beginning of their second semester of attendance. This will ensure that your tuition scholarship funding is not interrupted. At the time of your application, you should have already made New York your primary and documented residence. Your residency application will require you to submit at least 3 forms of proof of New York residence.

Graduate students are expected to complete this application as an independent student. As such, it is important that you are not claimed as a dependent on any income tax filing, and that you file income taxes as a resident of the State of New York if you are required to file.

Students seeking information regarding transferring their license, vehicle registration, and voter registration to the State of New York should visit the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Students with questions regarding the residency process should contact the Office of Student Accounts or speak with their program coordinator.

*Special Note for Students With An Out-Of-State Vehicle

Students who register an out of state vehicle on campus cannot be granted New York State tuition residency. Students who are the registered owners of their vehicle should transfer the registration to New York. Students who are not the registered owner of their vehicle, and who are unable or unwilling to change the State in which their vehicle is registered, must then surrender their University parking permit.