Pennsylvania Residency Defined
Under Pennsylvania state law, a student is classified either as a resident of Pennsylvania or a nonresident. The term "Pennsylvania resident" for tuition purposes may differ from other definitions of Pennsylvania residency. A person who has a PA driver license, or who is a Pennsylvania resident for tax, voting, or other purposes may not necessarily be considered a resident for tuition purposes. In addition, financial hardship, without meeting the requirements for Pennsylvania residency, does not make a student eligible for in-state tuition.
Generally speaking, a student who has resided in Pennsylvania for at least twelve (12) continuous months immediately prior to enrollment at Temple University or any other institution of higher education in Pennsylvania is presumed to be a resident for tuition purposes.
Conversely, a student who has not resided in Pennsylvania for a period of twelve (12) continuous months immediately prior to enrollment at the University or any other institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is presumed not to be a resident of Pennsylvania for tuition purposes. However, these students may rebut this presumption with clear and convincing evidence.
To that purpose, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established an application and appeal process for residency for tuition purposes. This document contains instructions, a set of the Commonwealth's guidelines for your review and an application for Pennsylvania Residency.