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Pennsylvania Domicile

Students who are domiciled in Pennsylvania will be considered residents of Pennsylvania for tuition purposes. Domicile is the place where one intends to reside either permanently or indefinitely, and does in fact so reside. In making a determination of domicile, the University will take into account documentary evidence, written statements from disinterested persons and the presumptions and forms of evidence set forth below:

  • A student who has resided in Pennsylvania for a purpose other than pursuing his/her education for at least twelve (12) continuous months immediately prior to his/her initial enrollment at the University or any other institution of higher education in Pennsylvania is presumed to be a resident for tuition purposes.
  • A student who has not resided in Pennsylvania for a period of twelve (12) continuous months immediately prior to his/her initial 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, a student may rebut this presumption with clear and convincing evidence.
  • A student who is not a United States citizen or does not have an immigrant visa is presumed not to be a resident of Pennsylvania for tuition purposes; however, a student may rebut this presumption with clear and convincing evidence.
  • A minor or a dependent is presumed to have the domicile of his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The age of majority for establishing a domicile for tuition purposes is twenty-two (22). A student may prove financial emancipation or independent domicile through clear and convincing evidence.
  • A United States Government employee or a member of the armed forces who was domiciled in Pennsylvania immediately preceding entry into government service and who has continuously maintained legal residence in Pennsylvania will be presumed to have a Pennsylvania domicile.
  • Military personnel and their dependents will be eligible for classification as Pennsylvania residents for tuition purposes while such personnel are on active duty and assigned to a Pennsylvania military installation. A student seeking classification as a Pennsylvania resident on the basis of his/her active duty military status or on the grounds that he/she is a dependent of an active duty military person assigned to Pennsylvania must document the active duty status and the beginning and ending dates of the military assignment(s) in Pennsylvania.
  • A student receiving a scholarship, grant, loan or other type of aid which is dependent upon maintaining residence or domicile in a state other than Pennsylvania is presumed not to be a resident of Pennsylvania for tuition purposes.