As required by State law, Rutgers assesses a tuition differential to students who are not residents of New Jersey.  Students admitted as non-residents are presumed to be in New Jersey temporarily for educational purposes. Students who have established domicile may petition the registrar to have their status changed to that of resident.  If petitions are filed prior to the end of the semester and residency is granted, you may receive a tuition refund for that semester.

Residing in the State does not in itself establish domicile.  You must provide evidence of abandonment of your previous home and intention to remain and establish a permanent home in New Jersey.  Non-residents who legally marry bonafide NJ residents become residents for tuition purposes the semester following the marriage.

The law does not set out specific requirements for establishing domicile.  The determination is entirely judgmental, decided by the Graduate Registrar, based on the weight of the evidence presented.  

For your information, the following is a list of the kinds of evidence students in the past have presented.  This is not a list of requirements and it is not suggested that all items bear weight. The list is provided as an example:    

  • NJ Driver's License
  • Correspondence from Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • NJ Vehicle registration
  • NJ Voter registration card
  • Alien registration card
  • Bank statements
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Rent receipts
  • Property deed
  • Lease agreement
  • Statements from employers
  • N.J. Tax return                       

To petition for NJ residence, complete a Residency Analysis Form, available at the Registrar's Office in ASB or from the Coordinator of Student Services (A309).                                          

  1. The Initial Determination 
    At the time you initially applied for admission, the admissions office determined your resident status for tuition assessment.  The determination made at that time prevails for each term unless a change is authorized by the Registrar.
  2. Request for a Change of Status
    Requests for a change in residency status are accepted no later than 60 days after the start of the term for which changed status is sought.  All supporting affidavits, deemed appropriate by the adjudicating official pursuant to New Jersey Administrative Code, Volume 9, Section 5 et seq., must be filed by the petitioner in accordance with the time limit specified in the preceding sentence, but in no case later than 60 days after the start of the term for which the residency assessment is requested.  Failure to comply with this provision, unless judged otherwise by the adjudicating official, voids the petition for the term in question.  If, based on the information submitted in the request, the student qualifies for resident tuition assessment, such change relates only to the current and subsequent terms.  No adjustments in tuition assessments are made and no refund vouchers are processed for any prior term.           

    Instructions for In-State Residency:

    Form for In-State Residency:                 

  3. Appeals
    An appeal of the Registrar's initial determination, or any determination made after a request by a student for a change in residency status, is accepted no later than three months after the date of the Registrar's notification.  Unresolved appeals are forwarded either to the director of admissions or to the university registrar.  These officers respond to the student within thirty working days of the receipt of the appeal in the appropriate office.  Appeals from this determination should be submitted by the student to the associate vice-president for student services within two weeks after the director of admissions or the university registrar has issued a determination.  The decision of the associate vice president for student services is final.
  4. Students' Responsibilities
    Students are responsible for providing relevant information upon which a residency determination can be made.  The burden of proving his or her residency status lies solely upon the student.  Moreover, it is considered the obligation of the student to seek advice when in doubt regarding eligibility for in-state tuition assessment.  If the student delays or neglects to question his or her eligibility status beyond the period specified above, the student forfeits his or her right to a residency assessment to which he or she might have been deemed to be eligible had he or she filed an appeal at the appropriate time.
  5. Penalties  
    If a student has obtained or seeks to obtain resident classification by deliberate concealment of facts or misrepresentation of facts or if he or she fails to come forward with notification upon becoming a nonresident, he or she is subject to disciplinary action.