Proof of Domicile
A student requesting reclassification must show, by clear and convincing evidence, that his/her residence is in Pennsylvania and that his/her presence in Pennsylvania is not primarily or solely for the purpose of pursuing an education. Each case will be decided on the basis of an evaluation of all relevant facts and documentation submitted. Although not conclusive, the factors listed below may be given weight that the University may assign to them under the circumstances of each case. The University will consider the quality of evidence, rather than merely the quantity. A student is not required to establish a specific number of factors or a specific combination of factors for Pennsylvania domicile. Further, providing some or all of the documentation suggested or requested by the University will not necessarily result in being classified as a resident.
The following factors may be considered by the University in determining whether a student is domiciled in Pennsylvania:
- Lease or purchase of a permanent, independent residence in Pennsylvania
- Ppayment of applicable state and local taxes and the filing of appropriate returns for such taxes
- Transfer of bank accounts, stock, automobile and other registered property to Pennsylvania
- A Pennsylvania driver's license
- Registration to vote in Pennsylvania
- Acceptance of an offer of permanent full-time employment in Pennsylvania upon graduation
- Continuous presence in Pennsylvania during significant periods while not enrolled as a student
- Membership in Pennsylvania, social, athletic, civic, political and/or religious organizations
- Affidavit of intention to reside permanently in Pennsylvania after completion of coursework
- For minors or students claiming independence, evidence that the student is not a dependent. Such evidence may include copies of the tax returns of the student and/or his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or sworn statements from the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) setting forth facts which establish the student's financial independence and separate residence.