Residency Requirements

Certificate of Residence Requirement for Out-of-City New York State Residents

All residents of New York State are eligible for the New York City resident rate. Students must, however, obtain a Certificate of Residence from their County Treasurer’s Office or Department of Finance. A Certificate of Residence is valid for only ONE academic year, except Nassau County which is good for ONE calendar year.

Residents of Nassau County:
If you are a new student, you have a 90 day period to apply for a Certificate of Residence: 60 days before commencement and 30 days after commencement of the semester you plan on attending. If you do not use the certificate for the semester you obtained it for, it becomes invalid and you would have to apply for a new certificate again when you decided to attend school.
If you are a returning student who already submitted a certificate, your certificate is good for one calendar year. You can apply for a new certificate 1 month before your current certificate expires.
For example: If you applied for a certificate on March 23, 2014, your certificate would expire March 24, 2015. You can apply for a new certificate no earlier than February 24, 2015.

It is the student’s responsibility, not the college’s, to ensure that a valid Certificate of Residence is on file at Queensborough for every semester attended.

Residents of New York counties other than Nassau County:
There is a 90 day period to apply for a Certificate of Residence: 60 days before commencement and 30 days after commencement of the semester you plan on attending. If you begin classes in the Spring or Summer terms and want to continue classes in the Fall, you MUST submit a new Certificate of Residence in order to receive the reduced tuition rate for the entire academic year.
For example: If you submit a certificate on August 29, 2013, that certificate is valid for the Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014 semesters. You must apply for a new certificate for the Fall 2014 semester. If you submit a certificate on January 29, 2014, that certificate is only valid for the 2013-2014 academic year, and therefore is only valid for the Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 semesters. You must apply for a new certificate for the Fall 2014 semester.

Below are applications for a Certificate of Residence:

Nassau County
Suffolk County
Westchester County
Albany County
Broome County
Dutchess County
Orange County
Rockland County
Putnam County
Saratoga County

New York City Residence Requirement

For purposes of determining resident tuition fee eligibility, students must have lived in New York State for the past year and must have had their principal place of residence in the City of New York for a period of six consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the semester with respect to which residency determination is made. They must also state their intention to maintain their principal place of residence in New York City permanently.

Citizen & Permanent Residents

Who meet the above requirements are eligible for the New York City resident tuition rates. These students must show their U.S passport, or birth certificate and Permanent Resident Cards (green cards).

Students with Non-Immigrant Unexpired visa of the following type may be eligible A, E, G, H-1, H-4(families of H-1 only), I, K, L, N, R, S, T, V, U (Consult with the registrar regarding eligibility and documents for the CUNY resident tuition)

Students granted asylum or refugee or parole (Consult with the registrar regarding eligibility and documents for the CUNY resident tuition)

Students with adjustment of Status form (I-485) pending with INS (Consult with the registrar regarding eligibility and documents for the CUNY resident tuition)

Cuban/Haitian entrant (I-94 Card), or Temporary Protected Status or NACARA or CUBAN, (Consult with the registrar regarding eligibility and documents for the CUNY resident tuition)

Undocumented Students:

A new law provides in-state (resident) tuition benefits to certain undocumented students. You qualify for the lower in-state tuition if you meet any of the following eligibility criteria. (Consult 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 GED exam preparation, received a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) from New York State, and applied to attend a CUNY institution within five years of receiving your New York State GED