NY State Residency

Residency status is determined at the time of admission by the college admissions office. Change in residency status is determined by the University Bursar following matriculation (i.e., enrollment for the first semester). If you’re unsure of your current residency status for tuition purposes, contact your college registrar directly.

Application Deadlines

To establish residency status for tuition purposes, submit your application by the following deadlines for each semester. You only need to apply once. If you apply and are approved, it will remain valid unless there are changes in your residency status.

  • Fall Semester: June 1
  • Spring Semester: November 1

The resident tuition rate applies to the following undergraduate colleges only:

  • Human Ecology
  • Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR)
  • Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Cornell SC Johnson College of Business – Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

There is no resident tuition rate for the endowed colleges of Architecture, Arts & Planning, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Hotel Administration. Resident status for students in the College of Veterinary Medicine is determined through that college. Information is available from the College of Veterinary Medicine's admissions office.


  • Application and supporting documents must be sent via U.S. mail or overnight sender. Do NOT fax or email any information.
  • Students are responsible for promptly notifying their college registrars if their NYS residency status for tuition purposes at Cornell has changed to non-resident. Once notified, the college will update the residency status, and the tuition will be adjusted to the nonresident rate, effective for the current and future semesters.

Apply for New York State Residency

It is important to provide all requested documentation. Be sure to block out any confidential information, such as social security numbers. Please send the completed application and all additional information requested to the Office of the Bursar, Cornell University, 260 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801. If you have questions, please contact us.