Proof of Residency Supporting Documents

All students must present evidence of his or her domicile to the institution to qualify for resident tuition rates. Such evidence should include:

  • New Jersey Income Tax Return dated at least 12 months prior. If the student is listed as a dependent, then a copy of the New Jersey Income Tax Return (dated at least 12 months prior) indicating that student is claimed as a dependent needs to be submitted.

If the student is unable to provide a New Jersey Income Tax Return, no less than 3 of the following supporting documents need to be submitted:

  • Utility Bill (Not including cable or internet) dated at least 12 months prior
  • Pay stubs with the student’s NJ address dated at least 12 months prior
  • Current NJ driver’s license or state issued photo ID with an effective date at least 12 months prior
  • Vehicle registration with an effective date at least 12 months prior
  • Voter registration card with an effective date at least 12 months prior
  • Lease, rental agreement, or signed affidavit showing your name as the lessee or renter
  • Checking or savings account or credit card statement with a date of at least 12 months prior
  • Letter, correspondence or a bill received from the IRS or state tax office dated at least 12 months prior

Please Print: Residency Application

Please note the following important Information:

  • All residency applications must be signed by the student and notarized.
  • All supporting documents provided must be original (Photo copies of all documents will be made in the office and originals will be returned to the student upon submission).
  • All residency analysis is done for the current semester and onward. Residency reclassification is not retroactive!
  • Residency must be proven prior to the start of final exams for the current semester.
  • All supporting documents must be dated or have an effective date of at least 12 months prior.
  • PO Box addresses are not acceptable as proof of residency.
  • If a student has completed a FAFSA for the academic year it must reflect the fact that they are a New Jersey resident.
  • If the student is listed as a dependent of someone, such as their parents, and that person is not a resident of New Jersey, then the student cannot be considered a New Jersey resident.
  • All documentation must be submitted to the Registrar and a decision will be sent to the student’s official William Paterson University e-mail.