Request a Review of Residency

Request a Review of Residency

Services - How to Request a Review of Residency

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.

Initial determination of New Jersey residency for tuition purposes at Rowan is made at the time of your admission application to the University and is based upon your answers to the application question regarding residency as well as your permanent address and high school. After the initial determination is made, a Review of NJ Residency Request (with required documentation) must be submitted in writing (from the Rowan email address) to the Office of the University Registrar (registrarassist@rowan.edu) in order to be considered for a change in tuition due to residency. Determination of any submitted requests will be emailed by the Office of the University Registrar to the student’s official Rowan email address.

It is the student’s responsibility to request a review of NJ residency from the Office of the University Registrar (if matriculated) and from the Office of Admissions (if not yet matriculated, although the Registrar may still be involved). A change of address does not automatically trigger this process. A direct appeal for a review of NJ residency for tuition purposes must be made by the student in writing.

Note: The Office of the University Registrar also 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.

How to Request a Review of Residency:

  • If you are moving out of the state of NJ, please email registrarassist@rowan.edu (from your Rowan email address) informing us of this fact and the date it is effective so that your records may be updated accordingly.
  • If you are moving into the state of NJ, please email registrarassist@rowan.edu (from your Rowan email address) informing us of this fact and the date it is effective, including at least items #1 and #2 below so that an official review may be performed.
  • Note: If you are a Rowan University medical student, please instead consult about residency requirements and process directly with that school’s Registrar.
  1. Submit 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 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 (independent student) OR 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 (dependent student) (Property tax records are not acceptable.)
  3. It is strongly recommended to also submit a copy of the NJ Driver’s License for the student and/or an NJ Voter Identification card for the student. (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.

 Notes: 

  • *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 less 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.
    • Residence established solely for the purpose of attending a particular educational institution does not constitute domicile for tuition purposes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • If approved for NJ Residency, it will apply to the next future term possible (as indicated by the 12-month prior to enrollment requirement). Retro-active assessments are not performed.
  • 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.)
  • Deadlines: A review of residency can take 2-3 weeks to be complete and they must be requested before bills are due for the term in which the change is requested.
  • Any exceptions to this policy or process may need approval and/or investigation by Rowan University's Office of General Counsel.

 

Important Note about Changing Addresses and Official NJ Residency

Please note that whatever you select as your permanent address must truly be your permanent address and reflect your official state of residency as determined by state law. A change of address does NOT automatically trigger a review of residency for tuition purposes. A direct appeal for a review of NJ residency must be made by the student in writing.

Note: The Office of the University Registrar also 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. Click here to view information about change of address.

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