Frequently Asked Questions On Immigration
Resident Tuition for Undocumented CUNY Students
Who is qualified for resident tuition in CUNY?
A. Both undocumented and permanent resident students qualify for resident
tuition at CUNY. Having a work authorization card, doesn't necessarily mead that you
qualify but you might. CUNY has two tuition rates. A higher rate for out-of-state
students, and a lower scale for New York State residents. In 1981, CUNY took the lead in
granting undocumented Students the right to pay the lower resident tuition. That's the
same rate paid by U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees and those receiving asylum.
Allowing undocumented students to pay resident tuition is now a national trend.
To qualify for resident tuition, an undocumented student must haw lived in New York State
for one year in an unlawful status. If you came without legal papers, you start counting
the one year from the day you arrived. If you came as a legal visitor, you start counting
from the day your stay expired. If you are not sure whether you qualify for resident
tuition, see an admission officer at the school you plan to attend.
(By Alan Wernick)