University of Pittsburgh Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Reduced Tuition Rates:
Determination of Domicile
Domicile is the place where one intends to reside either permanently or indefinitely and does in fact so reside. The presumptions and forms of evidence set forth in this section shall be considered by the University in making the determination.
- Continuous residence in this Commonwealth for a period of 12 months prior to registration as a student at an institution of higher education in this Commonwealth creates a presumption of domicile. A student is presumed not to be a domiciliary if the student has resided for a shorter period before attending an institution of higher education, but the student may rebut this presumption by clear and convincing evidence.
- Students who are not United States citizens, and have nonimmigrant visas or lack visas, are presumed not to be domiciled in this Commonwealth. The only way to overcome this presumption is to demonstrate that you are not a nonimmigrant and are, in fact, an asylee, refugee, US Lawful Permanent Resident, or that you have an approved l-140 or l-130 AND have a Form l-797 Receipt Notice for the filling of the Form l-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, and are otherwise in fact a domiciliary of Pennsylvania as described herein.
- A minor is presumed to have the domicile of his or her parents or legal guardian. The age of majority for establishing a domicile for tuition purposes is 22. A minor may prove financial emancipation and thereby prove Pennsylvania domicile through clear and convincing evidence.
- A student receiving a scholarship, loan or grant, dependent upon maintaining domicile in a state other than Pennsylvania, is presumed to be domiciled in the state from which he or she is receiving financial aid.
- The following factors may be considered as evidence of domiciliary intention but may be given weight that the finder of fact, given the circumstances of each case, may assign to them:
- Lease or purchase of a permanent, independent residence within this Commonwealth by the student.
- Payment of appropriate state and local taxes. Special attention should be given to payment of Pennsylvania taxes on income earned during periods of temporary absence from this Commonwealth.
- Transfer of bank accounts, stocks, automobiles and other registered property to Pennsylvania from another state.
- Procurement of a Pennsylvania driver's license.
- Procurement of a Pennsylvania motor vehicle registration.
- Agreement for permanent, full-time employment in this Commonwealth.
- Membership in social, civic, political, athletic and religious organizations located in this Commonwealth.
- Registration to vote in this Commonwealth.
- A sworn statement by the student or his/her parents or legal guardian in the case of a minor declaring his/her intention to make this Commonwealth his/her residence either permanently or for an indefinite period of time.
- A sworn statement from the parents or guardian of a minor setting forth facts to establish the minor's financial independence and separate residence.
Each case shall be decided on the basis of facts submitted, with qualitative rather than quantitative emphasis. No given number of factors is required for domicile, since the determination in each case is one of the subjective intentions and current objective ability of the student to reside permanently or indefinitely in this Commonwealth.
Individuals, who meet the following qualifications, are eligible for reclassification to Pennsylvania resident status for tuition billing purposes under Commonwealth of Pennsylvania PL 1226, No. 287, as amended (the “Act”).
- Any Veteran, his/her spouse, dependent children or any other individual who is eligible to receive benefits under any of the following:
- Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve
- Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program
- Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
- Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
- Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill
In addition, a child, a spouse or a surviving spouse who is eligible to receive benefits under Chapter 35 (relating to survivors’ and dependents’ educational assistance) qualifies for the resident tuition rate.
For purposes of the Act, a “Veteran” is any individual who served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component or National Guard, and who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable.
If you meet any of above-listed requirements, please provide a copy of the service member’s DD214 and your Certificate of Eligibility from the VA.
- Military personnel who are assigned to an active duty station in Pennsylvania and who reside in Pennsylvania, and their spouses and dependent children. If you meet this requirement, please provide a copy of the active duty member’s orders and a copy of the first page of the most recent IRS Form 1040/1040A displaying the name of the spouse or dependent child, if applicable.
- Civilian personnel employed at a US Department of Defense facility who are transferred to Pennsylvania by the US Department of Defense and who reside in Pennsylvania, and their spouses and dependent children. If you meet this requirement, please provide a letter from the US Department of Defense that documents the transfer to the Pennsylvania specifying the name of the person employed, the applicable US Department of Defense facility in Pennsylvania, and the start date, along with a copy of the first page of the most recent IRS Form 1040/1040A displaying the name of the spouse or dependent child, if applicable.
- Military affiliated students should submit the documentation as described in Paragraph (1), (2) or (3), as applicable, to the PA Residency Coordinator at his/her campus in order to request reclassification.
- All other students may challenge their non-eligible classification by filing a written petition with the PA Residency Coordinator at his/her campus.
- The PA Residency Coordinator shall consider the petition and render a decision in accordance with the appeal procedures. Following that decision, a student may, within 30 days, inform the Student Appeals Office, G-12 Thackeray Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, (412) 624-7610 that he or she wishes to appeal to the University Appeals Committee. After meeting, the Appeals Committee shall then deliberate and render a final decision.
- Reclassification resulting from a student’s challenge shall be determined by the date a petition for eligibility was filed with the Student Appeals Office. The deadline for submitting a petition will be within the first 30 calendar days of that term (15 calendar days of a session) in which the student wishes to be classified as a resident. A petition filed after such date shall be determined to be effective for reclassification purposes the first day of the following term or session. Unless otherwise instructed, all requested documentation and information must be submitted within 15 days of the date the request was made by the Student Appeals Office.
- A student who changes his/her domicile from Pennsylvania to another state must promptly give written notice to the PA Residency Coordinator at his/her campus.
- A student under 22 years of age must promptly give written notice of any change in his/her parents’ or legal guardian’s address to the PA Residency Coordinator at his/her campus.
Adjustments and False Information
- Students who are found eligible for resident rates due to an error in classification are subject to retroactive reclassification as non-residents and are responsible for the payment of all related tuition and fees.
- Students who are found eligible as a result of false or concealed facts are subject to University discipline and legal action and are responsible for the payment of all non-resident tuition and fees, including legal fees.
NOTE: The University reserves the right to periodically audit and make any necessary adjustments in the classification of all students.
Campus Residency Contact Information
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Registrar and Director of Enrollment Services
300 Campus Drive
Bradford, PA 16701
August – April 8:30AM to 5:00 PM; May – July 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Linda Smith, Registrar
124 Millstein Library
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
279 Blackington Hall
Johnstown, PA 15904
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
Assistant to the Director of Enrollment Management
504 East Main Street
Titusville, PA 16354
Monday – Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
University of Pittsburgh at Oakland
Tuition Eligibility Coordinator
G-12 Thackeray Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM to 4:45 pm; Friday 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM