Verifying New York State Residency

In accordance with SUNY policy, the University at Buffalo will verify initial residency status during the admissions process. Admitted graduate and professional students will be deemed out-of-state residents for tuition purposes until supporting documentation is provided to verify New York State (NYS) residency.

Verification Process

Newly admitted students claiming permanent domicile in New York State for 12 months or more at the time of application will be asked to upload three supporting documents to verify residency, prior to initial enrollment. Deadlines and instructions will be emailed by the admitting academic program.

Continuing UB Students

UB students currently classified as in-state do not need to verify residency if moving from one degree program to another without a break in attendance.

New Graduate/Professional Students

Admitted students who upload acceptable documents will be billed as resident (in-state) students on their first-semester eBill. Students who upload unacceptable documents, or who do not respond by program deadlines, will initially be billed at the out-of-state tuition rate. Please contact UB Student Accounts at 716-645-1800 for information about the residency appeal process.

Exceptions (Special Circumstances) to the Durational Requirement

Students in the categories below may be eligible for an expedited residency verification process. Additional information is available from the Office of Student Accounts.

NYS Residency Supporting Documents

Provide three documents from the following list as proof of permanent NYS domicile. All documents must be in the student's name. Acceptable documents include: