Residency Requirements

NYC Tuition Rates for All

You don’t have to live in New York City to get the bargain NYC tuition rate offered by Queensborough!  In fact, if you’re a resident of New York State—anywhere in New York State—you could be eligible for NYC tuition rates!* That means you, Nassau County!

Use the information on this page to find out how your resident status impacts your tuition rates and what actions you need to take to secure the NYC tuition rate.

*Restrictions and county requirements may apply and impact your ability to receive the NYC tuition rate. All New York State residents, depending upon citizenship status and county requirements, may be eligible for NYC tuition rates.  Questions? Contact the Office of the Bursar.

Pick the option that describes you best:

I live in New York City

You qualify for the NYC tuition rate—but you already knew that :) You’ll need to have lived in New York State for the past year, and must have lived in New York City as your principal place of residence for six consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the semester you want to attend.  You’ll also need to declare that you intend to make NYC your permanent principal place of residence. Here's the easy part: If you're an NYC or NYS high school graduate or an NYC GED holder, you don't need to prove residency (unless you're an undocumented student).    

I live in Nassau County

You may qualify for the NYC rate!* You’ll need to obtain a Certificate of Residence from your Country Treasurer’s Office to qualify. After you’ve obtained your certificate, please bring the original hard copy to any window at the Office of the Bursar and our staff will help you.

  • Your Certificate of Residence is valid for one calendar year
  • If you’re a new student, identify the semester you plan on attending.
    • You’ve got 60 days before the start of the semester, and all semester long to apply for a Certificate of Residence!
    • If you don’t use the certificate for the semester for which it was obtained, it becomes invalid and you’ll need to apply for a new certificate.
    • If you’re a returning student and you’ve already submitted a Certificate of Residence, your certificate is good for one calendar year. You can apply for a new certificate one month before your current certificate expires.

How do I get a Certificate of Residence?

Fill out the Certifcate of Residence form for:

The above link will take you to an external website. Be sure to follow all instructions completly. 

Important: It’s your responsibility to make sure that a valid Certificate of Residence is on file.

*Nassau county may have its own residency requirements and conditions that could impact your ability to receive Queensborough's NYC tuition rate. Please check with your county Treasurer’s Office for complete information.

I live in another county in New York State

You may qualify for the NYC rate!* You’ll need to obtain a Certificate of Residence from your county Treasurer’s Office or Department of Finance to qualify. After you’ve obtained your certificate, please bring the original hard copy to any window at the Office of the Bursar and our staff will help you.

  • Your Certificate of Residence is valid for one Academic Year.
  • You’ve got 90 days to apply for a Certificate of Residence: 60 days before the start and 30 days after the start of the semester.
  • If you submit your Certificate of Residence for the spring or summer of any academic year and want to continue classes in the fall, you *must* submit a new Certificate of Residence for the fall because it’s the start of a new academic year.
  • If you submit your Certificate of Residence for the fall semester, your Certificate of Residence will be valid for that fall, spring and summer as they are all part of one continuous academic year.

How do I get a Certificate of Residence?

Fill out the Certifcate of Residence form for:†

The above links will take you to external websites. Be sure to follow all instructions completly. 

† Not all counties have online forms. If your NYS county of residence isn’t listed above, they still participate in this program.  Please contact your county Treasurer’s Office or Department of Finance for more information.

Important: It’s your responsibility to make sure that a valid Certificate of Residence is on file.

*Each New York State county may have their own residency requirements and conditions that could impact your ability to receive Queensborough's NYC tuition rate. Please check with your county Treasurer’s Office or Department of Finance for complete information.

 

What about citizenship status?

If you’re a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you’ll need to show the college your passport, birth certificate or permanent residence card during the admissions process. You could be eligible for NYC tuition rates even if you’re not a citizen of the United States. See below for more information. Queensborough truly offers residents of all kinds amazing access to affordable, life-changing education!

For non-citizens

Permanent residents

You’ll need your “green card” (permanent resident card) when applying.

Non-immigrants,

If you have an unexpired visa of the following type you may be eligible: A, E, G, H-1, H-4 (families of H-1 only), I, K, L, N, R, S, T, V, U.  

Other categories

If you identify as one of the below, please speak with the Registrar to make sure you’re eligible for NYC tuition.

  • Students granted asylum, refugees or those on parole

  • Students with Adjustment of Status form (I-485) pending with INS

  • Cuban/Haitian entrant (I-94 Card), or Temporary Protected Status or NACARA or CUBAN

A special note for undocumented students

A new law provides NYC tuition eligibility for certain undocumented students. You qualify for the NYC tuition if you meet any of the following eligibility criteria. (Speak with the registrar regarding eligibility and documents for the CUNY resident tuition)

  1. You were enrolled in CUNY for the Fall 2001 semester, and you qualified for in-state tuition at that time, or
  2. You attended a New York State high school for two or more years, graduated, and applied to attend a CUNY institution within five years of receiving your New York State diploma, or
  3. You attended an approved New York State program for the Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam preparation, received a GED from New York State, and applied to attend a CUNY institution within five years of receiving your New York State GED.
 

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