Application for Residency

Many parents, families and students express interest about the requirements for New York State resident tuition. The difference between the resident and non-resident tuition rates is significant, and the requirements can be complex.

If you believe that you have established a domicile in New York State, you must demonstrate this by submitting a Residency Application for New York State Tuition Purposes and provide the required documents. The application can be submitted to the Student Accounts office - University at Buffalo, Student Accounts at 1Capen, Capen Hall, Buffalo NY, 14260, Attn: Residency. Please include a cover letter explaining any extraordinary circumstances and/or reasons for missing documents.

Applicants MUST use the current application. If older versions of the application are submitted, they will be returned to the applicant and a new application will need to be submitted. Copies of documents must be submitted for permanent filing. The Student Accounts office will not make copies or return original documents.

Tuition is not reduced retroactively. Only complete notarized applications with supporting documentation submitted on or before the following deadlines will be reviewed for consideration of New York State Residency for Tuition Purposes. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline is the next business day.

Deadlines for submission*:

  • Summer Semester: June 1
  • Fall Semester: September 1
  • Winter Session: January 2
  • Spring Semester: February 1

*We will accept applications for the Military and Veterans exceptions at any time for the current semester.

If you’ve submitted a residency application and have not received a decision from our office, you are still responsible for paying the amount due by the billing due date.   Failure to pay the amount due will result in a late payment fee.  You should also be aware of the financial liability deadlines, as these may occur while you are waiting for a decision from our office.

Application Submission and Review Dates


Summer applications will be accepted beginning May 1st. The review process for Summer applications will begin in mid May. 


Fall applications will be accepted beginning June 1st. The review process for Fall applications will begin in late June. 


Winter applications will be accepted beginning November 1st. The review process for Winter applications will begin in late November. 


Spring applications will be accepted beginning November 1st. The review process for Spring applications will begin in late November. 

PLEASE NOTE: Applications and documents will NOT be accepted by fax or email. Communications are conducted through UB email, United States mail, or telephone. You will receive an approval or denial letter in the mail once a decision has been made.

Financial Aid Recipients: If you receive a refund from Financial Aid prior to your residency application being processed, you may have your financial aid adjusted if your residency application is approved to accommodate the lower in-state cost of attendance.

Permanent Address: Your permanent address on record at the university must be the same as the address you are using to establish your residency. P.O. Boxes and/or University residence halls are not acceptable for establishing residency in New York State. Verify the PERMANENT address on file is your New York State address by logging in to your HUB Student Center.