New York State Residency Requirements

Determination for New York State Residency is based on the information provided on your application. Students, who have lived in New York State for two years or less at the time of submitting their application, must prove New York State residency to pay the in-state tuition rate.

Students are expected to be aware of the resident and non-resident tuition rates, which are available on tuition and fees page and the CUNY website, among other places, so that they know if they are being charged the correct tuition rate and quickly address any residency issues.

This page contains excerpts from the University Tuition & Fee Manual’s policy on Residency (chapter IV). The information below outlines the basic requirements a student must fulfill to qualify for the in-state tuition rate as a resident of the State of New York. In general, to qualify for the New York resident tuition rate, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in a qualifying immigration status; AND
  • Have continuously maintained his/her principal place of abode in the State of New York for a period of at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes; AND
  • Have a bona fide intention of living in New York permanently

Refer to the information below to learn more about the general residency requirements and residency application checklist.

General Residency Requirements

We encourage you to refer to the University Tuition & Fee Manual’s policy on Residency (chapter IV) to learn more about:

  • Rules relating to establishing residency in New York
  • Qualifying immigration statuses
  • Qualifying for the resident tuition rate based on having attended and graduated from a New York high school or having received a GED (or TASC) in the State of New York, including undocumented and out-of-status students
  • Other categories of students who qualify for the resident tuition rate, including:
    • Veterans
    • Family Members of Certain Uniformed Service Members
    • Service Members and Family Members Stationed in New York
    • United Nations Personnel
    • Exchange Students
    • Children of Certain CUNY and New York City Employees

Residency Application Checklist

Only complete residency applications will be reviewed. A complete application includes the CUNY residency form and supporting documents.

Please read the checklist below carefully to ensure you submit a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

In all cases where a determination needs to be made as to whether a student is eligible for the New York State resident tuition, the student must complete the City University Residency Form. Students are expected to pay the out-of-state tuition rate while the residency documents are being reviewed.