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General Admission FAQs

  • I've read the policy, but what is an application, and what forms do I need to fill out?
    • An application consists of a form and copies of documentation which support your contention of Pennsylvania residency for tuition purposes. All materials must be in written form. In the statement, question #11, a student should request reclassification and provide an explanation as to why the student believes he/she should be considered a Pennsylvania Resident for tuition purposes. A student should include her/his TU ID number and the semester for which reclassification is being requested. The documentation should show clear and convincing evidence that the student's domicile is in Pennsylvania, and that her/his presence in the Commonwealth is not primarily for educational purposes.
    • Undergraduate Students: Because Pennsylvania State law presumes that most students under the age of 22 have the domicile of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s), their application should demonstrate that he/she is financially emancipated or independent if their parent or guardian does not have a domicile in Pennsylvania.
  • What documentary evidence should I submit with my application form?
    • Each application is reviewed individually on the basis of all evidence submitted by the applicant. There are a number of factors that are considered in determining residency and a number of documents that are relevant to those factors. Examples include: the deed or lease to your principal domicile, a Pennsylvania state tax return, Pennsylvania driver's license, voter registration, vehicle registration, etc. These are all appropriate items to provide. A student may submit copies of any information that will help document her/his principal domicile is in Pennsylvania. Keep in mind that Temple University must retain the items in your residency file, so submit only COPIES of the documents. The information should be that of a student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s), if the student is dependent. A student seeking to show her/his financial emancipation or independence should submit her/his own information.
  • How do I establish I am independent from my parents?
    • A student may prove that he/she is financially emancipated from his/her parents by showing he/she has sufficient means to support his/herself. Examples of documentation include: a copy of his/her parent(s)' Federal tax return or a notarized statement from them indicating they are not providing the student's support or claiming the student as a dependent for tax reasons. Other evidence: Students receiving Financial Aid may show evidence that they have been classified as independent for Financial Aid purposes. In addition, if the parents have taken out loans to support the student's education (such as PLUS loans), the student would not be considered independent, unless compelling evidence to the contrary is presented.
  • My parent(s) own a home in Pennsylvania, does that automatically make me a resident for tuition purposes?
    • Ownership of real estate or payment of real estate taxes in Pennsylvania does not necessarily qualify a student for residency for tuition purposes. Residency is based on a person's domicile. Domicile is the place where a person resides and intends to reside either permanently or indefinitely.
  • I have just married a person who is a life-long resident of the Commonwealth - am I now a resident for tuition purposes?
    • Not necessarily. Marriage to a resident of the Commonwealth is just one factor considered in the decision regarding residency. The larger factor would be the establishment of an independent, permanent domicile in the Commonwealth.
  • Is it possible to be a legal resident of Pennsylvania and still be a non-resident for tuition purposes at Temple University?
    • Yes. While you may meet the requirements to become a registered voter or a licensed driver in Pennsylvania, you still may not qualify for residency for tuition purposes.
  • I have now lived in Pennsylvania for a year, while attending Temple, and have registered to vote, obtained a PA driver's license, and pay Pennsylvania state taxes. Am I now a resident for tuition purposes?
    • Generally, unless a student has 12 months of continuous residence in the state prior to enrollment, the student is considered a non-resident for tuition purposes. The 12 month requirement cannot be met while attending Temple or any other institution of higher education within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania- the student is assumed to be in the Commonwealth for educational purposes.
  • If I am living with one of my parents in another state, can I be considered a resident for tuition purposes if my other biological parent is a Pennsylvania resident?
    • No. You must reside within in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • I am living with my grandparents (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc), who are life-long residents of the Commonwealth. Am I a resident for tuition purposes?
    • Not necessarily. Residency status will depend on consideration of the factors identified in the policy in order to determine whether the student has established a permanent, independent domicile in the Commonwealth.
  • If the parents of a resident student move to another state, will that student be reclassified as a non-resident for tuition purposes?
    • Possibly. A student who changes her/his place of residence from Pennsylvania to another state is required to give prompt written notice of this change to the University and shall be considered for reclassification effective with the date of such change. The written notice should be provided to the Residency Certification Officer, 1801 North Broad Street, Conwell Hall 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19122.
  • My parents moved out of state while I was a senior in high school - can I still be considered a resident for tuition purposes?
    • It depends. Students who are dependent on their parents are presumed to have the domicile of their parents and would therefore be considered an out of state student for tuition purposes.