Establishing New York State Residency

Students applying for in-state tuition must have resided in New York State, with the intent to stay, for at least one year prior to the first day of class for the semester in which they are applying for a determination. Students must submit proper documentation. For more information visit CUNY Residency Info

You are responsible for the payment of any and all out-of-state tuition by the tuition due date on your bill until your request for New York State residency status has been reviewed and a decision has been made in your favor. If a determination is made in your favor at a later date, you may be eligible for a tuition refund.

How to Get Your Certificate of Residence

For Non-New York City Residents who reside in New York State

  • CUNY requires that all students who are not residents of New York City but who are residents of New York State to file a Certificate of Residence Form with the Bursar’s Office. The Certificate of Residence is valid from the first day of the semester to the following August and must be renewed each year prior to the Fall Registration or Spring Registration period.
  • A current, valid Certificate of Residence allows students to pay the same tuition as a New York City resident.
  • Students must be a resident of New York State for one year and a resident of the county for six months prior to applying for a Certificate of Residence.
  • If you qualify, a Certificate of Residence will be issued to you by the county. The certificate must be on file in the Bursar’s Office three (3) weeks before you register, but no earlier than 60 days before the first day of class.
  • Each county has its own application and required documentation for establishing eligibility; students must contact their county’s fiscal office for hours of operation and instructions.

Residency Applications and Instructions

Dept. of Finance
County Office Bldg.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Instructions and Form: Dutchess County

Applications accepted by mail or in person
(Notary Public on premises in Finance Department)
Phone number:845-486-2032
Fax number: 845-486-2198

Go to county Government, then to Dept., then to Finance

General Information: Nassau County

Instructions and Form: Nassau County

Dept. of Finance
Sain Building, 3rd Floor
18 New Hempstead Road
New City, NY 10956

Form: Rockland County

Applications accepted by mail or in person
Phone number: 845-638-5129
Fax number: 845-638-5644

Go to Dept., then Finance, then to Forms

Government Center
265 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Goshen, NY 10924-1698

Instructions and Form: Orange County

Applications accepted by mail or in person
(Notary Public on premises in Finance Department)
Phone number: 845-291-2485

Go to Dept., then Finance, then Application for Certificate and Instructions

Until further notice, Westchester County is accepting applications via email and mail only. Email submissions of the application will be to

Paper mail applications must be submitted via U.S. mail to:
Westchester County Finance Department
148 Martine Avenue., Room 728/Cert
College Certificates of Residence
White Plains, NY, 10601

Affidavit and Application – certResidence2017.pdf (
Westchester County Certificate of Residence website – Certificate of Residence (

Dept. of Audit & Control
H. Lee Dennison Bldg.
100 Veterans Memorial Hwy. – 9th Floor
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099

Instructions and Form: Suffolk County

Applications accepted by mail ONLY
Phone number: 631-853-5052
Fax number: 631-853-5722

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