section of the policy statement conforms to the regulations of the New Jersey
Administrative Code, Volume 9A: 5-1.1-12 and 9A:9-2.6.
A student shall be classified as a
"resident" for tuition purposes upon admission to a public
institution of higher education in the State of New Jersey if the student has
been domiciled within the State of New Jersey for at least one year immediately
prior to enrollment.
who are classified as dependent students are presumed to share the domicile of
his or her parent(s) or legal guardian. Persons who have been residents in this
state for more than 12 months prior to initial enrollment are presumed to be
domiciliaries of New Jersey for tuition purposes. In those cases in which a
dependent student with an out-of-state parent or legal guardian has resided in
New Jersey for 12 consecutive months prior to initial enrollment, the student
may petition on his or her own to establish domicile in the state.
who have been domiciled within this state for less than 12 months prior to
initial enrollment are presumed to be nondomiciliaries for tuition purposes.
Persons presumed to be nondomiciled or persons who are presumed to be domiciled
but whose domiciliary status is challenged by the institution must prove their
domicile according to the following regulations.
"Domicile" is a legal concept
defined by New Jersey law. In general terms, "domicile" means the
place where a person has his or her true, fixed, permanent home and principal
living establishment, and to which, whenever he or she is absent,
or she has the intention of returning. New Jersey domicile must be acquired
prior to the beginning of the semester for which you are requesting a change in
residency status. Domicile is distinct from residence--while a person may have
several residences, he or she can have only one legal domicile. Therefore, in
order to establish a new domicile in New Jersey, a person must first abandon
the prior domicile in which he or she previously resided and sever all legal
connections to that former domicile.
determining whether domiciliary status has been shown, mere physical presence
and declaration of intent to remain in the state may not be sufficient. To
assist in determining whether a person is a New Jersey domiciliary, the primary
evidence is, but is not limited to, a notarized affidavit setting forth
domicile and a state certified copy of a New Jersey Resident Income Tax Return
or in the case of a dependent student, a state certified copy of his or her
parent(s') or a U.S. Court Appointed (prior to the student attaining age 18)
legal guardian(s') New Jersey Resident Income Tax Return. The following
additional items should be submitted: New Jersey voter registration materials;
a New Jersey driver's license (or nondriver's I.D.); New Jersey motor vehicle
registration; a long-term apartment/house lease or a house/condo deed; presence
of spouse and children in New Jersey; the location of a local New Jersey
bank(s); and copies of recent monthly bills (charge card, phone, etc.)
addressed to the claimant(s). In unusual circumstances, if primary evidence is
not available, the institution may make a determination of New Jersey domicile
based exclusively on supplementary evidence; however, supplementary evidence
may be deemed insufficient to justify a determination of domiciliary
In determining whether a student is independent, the following is considered: N.J.A.C.9A:9-2.6
(examples of documentation given below).
term independent when used with respect to a student means any individual
1. Was born BEFORE 1/1/1999 (fall 2022, spring 2023, and summer 2023
applicants) or 1/1/2000 (fall 2023, spring 2024, and summer 2024
birth certificate, secondary school transcript, driver's license, draft
registration letter; or
the requirements of (b) below.
individual meets the requirements of this section if such individual:
1. Is an orphan or ward of the court; or was a ward of the
court until age 18;
Documentation for orphan: death certificate or a letter from
a social services agency or from a respected member of the community who is
unrelated to the applicant (minister, school administrator, etc.).
Documentation for ward of the court: court document or a
letter from the Division of Child Protection and Permanency or other social
2. Is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.
3. Is a graduate or graduate professional student; (not
applicable for undergraduate students); or
4. Is a married individual.
Documentation: marriage certificate; or
5. Has legal dependents other than a spouse.
Documentation if dependent is a child: birth certificate
Documentation if dependent is other than a child: If the
person was dependent on the applicant in the prior year: IRS or New Jersey
Division of Taxation certified copy of the applicant's prior year tax return
showing the person listed as an "other dependent."
If the person was not dependent on the applicant in the
prior year: a document such as a driver's license, a Post Office address
change, or a statement from the landlord or respected member of the community
confirming that the person currently resides in the student's household, or
6. Is a student for whom a financial aid administrator makes
a documented determination of independence by reason of other unusual
circumstances as provided under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965,
as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1087vv, and its implementing regulations and rules. For
purposes of receiving state financial assistance as an independent student due
to unusual circumstances, the following conditions apply:
i. Determinations of independence must satisfy all
applicable federal standards set forth under Title IV of the Higher Education Act
of 1965, as amended, and its implementing regulations and rules;
ii. Individual determinations of independent student status
for state student aid programs shall be made in a manner consistent with the
institutional policies regarding the awarding of all need-based financial aid,
including federal and state aid; and
iii. The institution shall share with the Office of Student
Assistance any material findings or audit exceptions related to the
determination of dependency status at any time they are revealed in the course
of an audit or program review.
c) A dependent student shall be any student who
does not meet any of the eligibility criteria listed in (a) or (b) above for
independent student status.
reserves the right to request a student to have the Internal Revenue Service
and/or New Jersey Division of Taxation forward certified tax records to the
appropriate university office for review.
individual who claims to have established a new domicile in New Jersey must
show (1) a physical abandonment of the previous domicile, together with an
intent not to return to it, and (2) actual presence in New Jersey with the
intention of remaining permanently in the state.
individual from another state who has enrolled in any type of educational
institution in New Jersey will be presumed to be in New Jersey primarily for
educational purposes and will be presumed not to have established domicile in
New Jersey. Although the student may present proof to overcome these
presumptions, it must be noted that continued residence in New Jersey during
vacation periods or occasional periods of interruption to the course of study does
not of itself overcome the presumptions.
All students who are not domiciliaries of New Jersey will be assessed
out-of-state tuition rates. Residency for tuition purposes is governed by New
Jersey Administrative Code 9A:5-1.1 et seq., which requires that individuals
must be legally domiciled in the state for 12 months before becoming eligible
for in-state tuition rates. The law also permits those living in the state for
less than 12 months to petition for resident status through the admissions
office or the Office of the Registrar, as appropriate. Petitions for resident
status will be granted only in those cases where there is clear and compelling
evidence that New Jersey is the legal domicile of the student or the parent(s)
or U.S. Court Appointed (prior to the student attaining age 18) legal
guardian(s) on whom the student is dependent.
D. The Effect of Marriage or
A nonresident student who marries or enters into a civil union with a bona fide
New Jersey domiciliary assumes the domicile of that spouse or civil union
partner for tuition purposes in the semester following marriage or civil union.
The same test for residency will be applied to spouses or civil union partners
when a marriage or civil union is claimed as the basis for domicile. No change
in status will occur when a domiciliary student marries or enters into a civil
union with a nondomiciliary.
E. Foreign Nationals:
Alien nationals who are in
the United States and hold permanent resident status, or special refugee visas
(being processed for permanent residency) will be considered the same as United
States citizens for purposes of assessing tuition. In either instance, the
approval date on the visa must be prior to the first day of the semester for
which the change in status is sought. However, any other foreign national will
be classified as a nonresident for assessment of tuition unless he or she has
the right to remain permanently in the United States and can demonstrate by
affirmative proof that he or she has a domicile in New Jersey.
F. Military Personnel
a) Presence in
New Jersey Due to Military Service:
As a general rule, in the absence of any intention to effect
a change of domicile, the domicile of a New Jersey resident is not affected or
changed by reason of his or her entry into the military service. 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.
Once a member of the United States Military domiciled in New
Jersey (or his or her dependents) is enrolled at Rutgers, provided that the
member of the armed forces was on active duty for a period of more than 30 days
at the inception of enrollment at Rutgers, in-state tuition rates will continue
to apply while such student is continuously enrolled at Rutgers,
notwithstanding a subsequent change in the permanent duty station of the member
of the armed forces to a location outside of New Jersey.
Tuition Rate for NJ National Guard Members Prohibited 18A:62-24.1
1. No public
institution of higher education in this state shall impose a nonresident
tuition rate or differential fee on a member of the New Jersey National Guard.
c) NJ TEAM Act
18A:62-4.1a and 18A:62-4.1b
A veteran or covered individual who is living in New Jersey
and is attending a public institution of higher education in New Jersey shall
be regarded as a resident of the state for the purpose of determining tuition,
regardless of the veteran or covered individual's state of residence.
1. "Veteran" means a person who has served on active duty in
the Uniformed Services of the United States and who was discharged or released
and who qualifies for educational assistance under the federal "All-Volunteer
Force Educational Assistance Program/Chapter 30" or "Post-9/11 Educational
Assistance/Chapter 33" programs.
2. "Covered individual" means an individual who is entitled
to educational assistance under provisions of the federal "Post-9/11
Educational Assistance/Chapter 33" program by virtue of such individual's
relationship to a veteran.
G. In Every Instance:
A record of the evidence
utilized in determining domicile pursuant to this section shall be maintained
with the student's records
H. DREAM Act 18A:62-4.4
the provisions of any law or regulation to the contrary, a student, other than
a nonimmigrant alien within the meaning of section 101 (a)(15) of the
"Immigration and Nationality Act" (8 U.S.C. s.1101(a)(15)), shall be exempt
from paying out-of-state tuition at a public institution of higher education if
2. Attended high school in this state for three or more
3. Graduated from a high school in this state or received
the equivalent of a high school diploma in this state;
4. Registers as an entering student or is currently enrolled
in a public institution of higher education not earlier than the fall semester
of the 2013-2014 academic year; and
5. In the case of a person without lawful immigration
status, files an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating
that the student has filed an application to legalize his immigration status or
will file an application as soon as he is eligible to do so.