Policy on New York State Residency
You may be considered a New York state resident for tuition purposes if you meet the following criteria:
- You attest to the fact that you are a New York state resident on your admissions application.
- You live in the state of New York for one year and are considered a domiciled resident.
- If you attended an approved New York State high school for two or more years, graduated from an approved New York state high school and applied for admission to Empire State College within five years of receiving a New York State high school diploma; or
- If you attended an approved New York state program for a general equivalency diploma (GED) exam preparation, received a GED and applied for admission to Empire State College within five years of receiving the GED.
Living in the state of New York alone does not meet the residency requirement.
The following are used to establish domicile:
- the duration of your physical presence in N.Y.
- the state of residency of your family
- N.Y. state voter registration
- N.Y. state driver's license
- N.Y. state motor vehicle registration
- N.Y. state real property ownership
- N.Y. state residential rental lease
- N.Y. state income tax returns
If you believe you have established New York state residency and now qualify for in-state tuition rates, you may apply for a change of residency by filling out the New York state residency application available in the Forms Center of MyESC. Completed residency applications must be submitted prior to the term start for the semester in which tuition is due. Applications received after the term start will be reviewed and made effective the next term.
For more information, visit the State University of New York policy titled "Residency, Establishment of for Tuition Purposes."
For information regarding the SUNY tuition refund class action settlement, visit http://www.suny.edu/tuitionSettlement/.