Will Penn State consider you a Pennsylvania resident?
Generally speaking, a student needs to live in Pennsylvania for non-academic reasons for a year prior to enrollment to be considered a resident for tuition purposes.
Note: An applicant’s residency is often set automatically based on the location of a student’s high school. If this no longer reflects your state of residency, you will need to submit a residency appeal.
If you believe you are incorrectly classified as an out-of-state student, you will need to submit a residency appeal. You can find additional details on the Office of the Bursar website.
For residency appeals prior to enrollment, please send the following documentation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by mail or fax. Be sure to include your full name and Penn State ID or MyPennState user ID with your appeal. Appeals should include a written explanation, as well as the following items:
Veterans using any chapter of the GI Bill, and dependents receiving Chapter 33, Chapter 35 or Fry Scholarship benefits will be eligible for in-state tuition regardless of residency. If you are a veteran and you are not using GI bill benefits, please contact your campus Certifying Official to determine requirements to establish eligibility for the in-state rate. All active duty military and DOD employees (their spouse and dependent children) are eligible for consideration to receive in-state tuition provided they are assigned to an active duty station in Pennsylvania and reside in Pennsylvania. Active duty military and DOD employees (their spouse and dependent children) enrolled in Penn State's World Campus will receive in-state tuition.