Review of Residency

Review of Residency

About the NJ Residency Policy

Rowan University determines state residency for tuition purposes according to New Jersey Administrative Code 9A:5-1.1-1.2, which requires that a student must be legally domiciled* in the state of New Jersey for at least twelve (12) months immediately prior to enrollment in order to be charged in-state tuition. All those domiciled outside of the state are charged out-of-state tuition.

The initial residency determination is made during a student’s application to Rowan University, and is based on answers to the residency questions on the application, permanent address, and high school. 

Students must submit a direct, written appeal for a Review of NJ Residency in order to change their residency status and be charged the in-state tuition rate. A change of address in Banner will not automatically trigger this process. Matriculated students should request a review from the Registrar by emailing all relevant documentation to registrarassist@rowan.edu from their official Rowan email, and non-matriculated students should request one from the Office of Admissions. Medical students should consult with their school’s Registrar about residency requirements and processes.

*Domicile is defined as the place where a person has his or her true, fixed, permanent home and principal establishment, and to which, whenever he or she is absent, he or she has the intention of returning.

  • Persons residing in New Jersey for a period of 12 months before first enrolling at a public higher education institution in this State are presumed to be domiciled in this State for tuition purposes. Persons residing in New Jersey for fewer than 12 months before first enrolling at a public higher education institution in this State are presumed not to be domiciled in this State for tuition purposes.
  • About Military Personnel and Domicile: By action of the New Jersey legislature (N.J.S.A. 18A: 62-4.1). United States military personnel and their dependents that are living in New Jersey shall be regarded as residents of the state for tuition purposes.

Changing Residency

  • If moving out of the state of NJ, students should email registrarassist@rowan.edu (from their official Rowan email address) informing us of this fact and the date the change is effective so that their records may be updated accordingly.
  • If moving into the state of NJ, students should email registrarassist@rowan.edu (from their official Rowan email address) informing us of this fact and the date the change is effective, including at least the items below:
  1. A notarized affidavit signed by the student making the request, and including the following details:
    • “I, [FULL LEGAL NAME], [ROWAN ID], verify that I have been a NJ resident for at least the past 12 months. I further confirm that I moved to NJ in [MONTH] and [YEAR] and did not do so for educational purposes, but rather because [EXPLANATION].”
    • This affidavit should also detail any other information/clarification that the student believes would be necessary in the student’s particular case to assist in the determination of New Jersey residency.)
    • Lists the NJ address in question.
    • If the tax returns do not clearly show dependent status of the student, it must be included in the notarized statement.
  2. A copy of New Jersey state income tax return:
    • Independent students: submit a copy of your New Jersey state income tax return for the most recent tax year that demonstrates you were domiciled in New Jersey for at least 12 months prior to the start date for the term in which you are requesting in-state tuition
    • Dependent** students: submit a copy of your parent or legal guardian’s New Jersey state income tax return for the most recent tax year that demonstrates you were domiciled in New Jersey for at least twelve (12) months prior to the start date for the term in which you are requesting in-state tuition.
    • Property tax records are not acceptable.
  3. It is also strongly recommended for students to submit a copy of their NJ Driver’s License, and NJ Voter Identification card, or both.
    • The issue dates of these should also demonstrate at least 12 months of NJ residency.
    • If you are active military or a dependent of active military, please also submit a copy of your active service Military ID.

**Dependent students as defined in the rules of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority at N.J.A.C. 9A:9-2.6 are presumed to be domiciled in the state in which their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is domiciled. Dependent students whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is not domiciled in New Jersey are presumed to be in the State for the temporary purpose of obtaining an education and presumed not to be domiciled in New Jersey.

Important Notes about the NJ Residency Policy

  • Determinations will be emailed by the Registrar to the student's official Rowan email.
  • A review of residency can take 2-3 weeks and must be requested before bills are due for the term in which the change is requested.
  • If approved for NJ Residency, it will apply to the next future term possible (as indicated by the 12-month prior to enrollment requirement). Retroactive assessments are not performed.
  • Residence established solely for the purpose of attending a particular educational institution does not constitute domicile for tuition purposes.
  • The Office of the University Registrar runs address change reports several times each year, during which a student moving outside of New Jersey could be flagged and tuition adjusted accordingly to out-of-state tuition. It is the student's responsibility to check their account each term and to make any necessary Residency Review requests in a timely manner, which is at least before bills are due for the term in question.
  • Tuition costs are listed at www.rowan.edu/bursar for non-medical undergraduate students and at www.rowanu.com for graduate, post-bac, Rowan Global undergraduate students, and for the winter and summer sessions. (Winter and summer sessions usually charge one rate for in-state and out-of-state students.)
  • Any exceptions to this policy or process may need approval and/or investigation by Rowan University's Office of General Counsel.

 

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