Many parents and students are interested in understanding the requirements to qualify for the resident tuition rate at Alfred State. The difference between the resident and non-resident tuition rates is significant. The requirements can be complex, so please read the content below carefully and contact the campus if you have further questions.
At the state-operated campuses, students are generally considered NYS residents if they have established their domicile in New York State for at least 12 months prior to the last day of the registration period.
- Generally, individuals who have maintained their domicile in New York State for a period of less than 12 months prior to the end of registration are presumed to be out-of-state residents and are not eligible for the resident tuition rate.
- Individuals who are financially dependent and whose custodial parent(s) lives in a state other than New York are generally not eligible for the resident tuition rate.
- Individuals do not meet the 12-month residency requirement if domiciled in New York State for the sole purpose of attending college.
- Dependent students of divorced or legally separated parents may acquire a New York State domicile if the custodial parent is a NYS resident or if the student resides with a non-custodial parent who is a NYS resident and the student intends to continue to reside with that parent throughout their attendance at Alfred State.
Determination of Domicile
To determine a student’s domicile, campuses use the following principles:
- A domicile is a fixed, permanent home to which a person intends to return following an absence.
- A person may have multiple residences but only ONE domicile.
- A person retains a domicile until it is abandoned and another domicile is established.
- A person does not acquire a NYS domicile only by being physically present in NY for the sole purpose of attending a NYS campus.
Proof of Domicile
Campuses rely on documents and circumstances such as the following to determine if an individual’s domicile is in New York State. For financially dependent students, the campus relies on documents relating to parents or legal guardian.
- Duration of physical presence in New York State.
- NYS Driver License, Learner Permit, or Identification Card
- NYS Motor Vehicle Registration
- NYS Voter Registration
- Proof of ownership of NYS real property or a signed residential lease for property in NYS
- Utility bill
- NYS bank account
- NYS Income Tax Returns
Exceptions to the Domicile Rule: Military Personnel
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces while on full-time active duty and stationed within New York State, as well as their dependents, are eligible for the resident tuition rate.
- Dependents of full-time active duty personnel who are stationed outside New York State qualify for resident tuition if the service member’s “Home of Record” is New York.
- Civilian employees of the military are not included in these exceptions to the domicile requirements.
For more information on veterans and dependents at Alfred State, please visit our veterans and dependents page.
Exceptions to the Domicile Rule: New York State High School Graduate
Certain non-resident students may be eligible for the resident tuition rate if they meet the following requirements:
- are not non-immigrant aliens within the meaning of 8 USC §1101(a)(15), and
- 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 the University within five years of receiving a New York State high school diploma; or
- attended an approved New York State program for a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam preparation, received a GED and applied for admission to the University within five years of receiving the GED; and
- if the student is without lawful immigration status, the student submits to the campus a notarized affidavit stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status, or will file such an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so. (See NYS Education Law §355(h) (8)).
Immigrant, Non-Immigrant and Undocumented Aliens
- Students claiming to be immigrant aliens must present proof of their status by providing the campus with a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card. Once a student’s immigrant status has been verified, the student may then establish NYS residency by meeting the domicile criteria. Students can also provide a valid application for permanent residency status and upon verification the application is pending, the student may then apply for NYS residency status.
- Proper documentation indicating there is a pending application is a receipt for USCIS Form I-485 (Adjust Status) which must include the student's name.
- Non-immigrants are grouped in categories depending on the type of visa presented at the port of entry. Non-immigrants admitted to the United States in categories that prohibit them from establishing a United States residence are not eligible for resident tuition. Non-immigrants included in categories that permit them to establish a United States residence may be eligible for the resident tuition if they meet the domicile criteria.
- Pursuant to the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act, students who are unable to present valid documentation of their alien status are not eligible for the resident tuition rates.
Applying for Residency
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 complete the Application for New York State Residency for Tuition Billing Purposes and submit at least three (3) documents demonstrating NY State domicile. Please view the the application instructions for more information.
Glossary of Terms
Some terms in the Resident Tuition policy have special meaning:
- Domicile - A fixed permanent home to which an individual intends to return whenever absent.
- “Home of Record” - Part of an armed services record, which indicates the state of residency upon joining the military.
- Immigrant Aliens - May lawfully reside in the United States on a permanent basis and hold a valid Alien Registration Card (green card).
- Non-immigrant Aliens - Those aliens who enter the United States on a temporary basis for a specific purpose.
- Undocumented Aliens - Aliens who are unable to document their INS status.
Each individual SUNY (State University of New York) campus is responsible for determining a student’s residency status and tuition charge. The campus determination is final.
Questions about resident and non-resident tuition rates should be directed to the Student Records and Financial Services Office.
Student Records and Financial Services
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, New York 14802