Petitioning for New Jersey residency may be done by one of three ways:
Residency Analysis Form
Application and Affidavit for Nonresident Tuition Exemption
NJ Tuition Equality for America's Military
The Rutgers University policy is governed by New Jersey Administrative Code 9A:5 which requires that individuals be domiciled within the state of New Jersey for at least one year immediately prior to enrollment. Persons who have been domiciled within the state of NJ for less than 12 months prior to initial enrollment are presumed to NOT be domiciled in NJ for tuition purposes. Domicile is defined as the place where a person has his or her true, fixed, permanent home and principle establishment, and to which, whenever he or she is absent, he or she has the intention of returning. Residence established solely for the purpose of attending Rutgers University does not constitute domicile for tuition purposes.
Dependent students are presumed to be domiciled in the state in which their parent(s) or U.S. court appointed legal guardian(s) is domiciled. The New Jersey Administrative Code 9A:9-2.6 defines what qualifies a student as dependent versus independent for tuition assessment and financial aid.
Evidence will be required to qualify for in-state tuition rates. Such evidence will include:
- A completed Residency Analysis Form
- A certified NJ resident income tax return from the year prior to the student’s enrollment
- A copy of a NJ driver license or non-driver ID, a NJ motor vehicle registration, and a copy of a lease or deed to a NJ home
Requests for a change in residency status must be submitted prior to the start of the semester for which the changed status is sought.
Incoming students who do not automatically meet the qualifications for in-state tution rates and wish to qualify for in-state rates must complete the residency analysis form and provide all supporting documents to the appropriate admissions office. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions pertaining to your undergraduate residency inquiry.
Application and Affidavit for Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Eligible New Jersey High School Graduates
Students who have attended at least three years of high school in New Jersey and will graduate or have graduated from a New Jersey high school may file an affidavit pursuant to S2479 (NJ Dream Act). Please download, complete, and submit the form below to the appropriate admissions office.
Students who are eligible for Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) or Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill may qualify for New Jersey resident tuition rates. Please download, complete, and submit the form below to the appropriate admissions office.