New York State High School Graduates

Chapter 327 of the New York State Laws of 2002, codified in Section 6206(7)(a) of the New York State Education Law, mandates that the payment of tuition by any student who is not a resident of New York State, other than those in lawful non-immigration statuses, shall be at a rate no greater than that imposed for students who are residents of the state, provided that they meet one of the following conditions:

First, they have attended an approved New York high school for two or more years, graduated, and applied to attend CUNY within five years of receiving the New York State diploma.

Second, they have attended an approved New York State Program for General Equivalency Diploma (GED) exam preparation, received the GED issued within New York State, and applied to attend CUNY within five years of receiving the New York State GED.

Third, they were enrolled in CUNY in the Fall 2001 semester or quarter and were authorized by CUNY to pay tuition at the resident rate. Thus, a student who attended CUNY in the Fall 2001 semester and paid the resident rate does not have to satisfy either condition 1 or 2 above.

It should be noted that any student meeting one of the three conditions set forth in the law does not need to prove residence in New York State. In addition, students without lawful immigration status must file an affidavit (notarized) with CUNY stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status or will file such an application as soon as they are eligible to do so (See Addenda W - Note: the Undocumented or Out-of-status Affidavit previously listed under Addenda I is no longer applicable).