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New England Regional Residency Guidelines

For policies pertaining to Rhode Island Residency, click here.

Some graduate programs at each of the public universities in New England participate in the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Tuition Break program, which provides discounted tuition for New England residents who enroll in approved programs at public universities outside of their home state.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF REGIONAL RESIDENCY?

Permanent, legal residents of New England states (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT) may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate at a New England public institution outside of their home state IF the program they are enrolled in participates in the Tuition Break program.


To be approved for the Tuition Break program, the degree program offered by a specific public college or university in another New England state(s) must not be offered by a state college or university in your home state.


The approved degree programs do not necessarily include every program for which residents might expect to be eligible. Participating colleges and universities may decide against offering certain programs, such as those which are highly competitive. Also, some specialized degree programs are not offered by any of New England's public colleges and universities.

WHICH PROGRAMS AT URI PARTICIPATE IN TUITION BREAK?

For a current list of graduate programs approved for residents of your state, search the online RSP Tuition Break database or download the annual Tuition Break catalog.

MY PROGRAM PARTICIPATES IN TUITION BREAK. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET THE REGIONAL TUITION RATE?

If your program participates in the program, complete the top portion of the Certificate of Residence with the information requested. Have your town clerk fill in the bottom portion with your first day of residence and apply an official signature and the raised seal of the town. The form is not valid for residency unless stamped.

If you are not a registered voter, you should still complete the form but you need to provide either a copy of your lease or deed to your house as proof of residency.

Additional documents that you should provide to aid us in establishing your residency, but which alone are not proof of residency:

  • Utility bills in your name, addressed to your home address, with billing date at least one full year prior to the first class day of the first term of enrollment.
  • Bank statements in your name, addressed to your home address, with statement date at least one full year prior to the first class day of the first term of enrollment.
  • Letter from employer, of applicable, indicating your start date and the employer's intensions for keeping you on as an employee in your home state.
  • State driver's license showing issue date at least one year prior to start of classes