Office of the Registrar

West Chester University

Contact Info
Kershner Student Service Center
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA, 19383
Phone: 610-436-3541
Fax: 610-436-2370

Residency Information

Determination of Domicile

What does "domicile" mean?

"Domicile" is a legal term that is defined as the place where an individual intends to remain and live permanently or indefinitely. It is the place where a person intends to return to after any absence. A person may live in a place for temporary purposes, such as a vacation or attending college. Once the goal of the temporary purpose is accomplished, however, the person does not intend to remain in that place. Since the person's presence is only for temporary reasons, the individual cannot be considered an in-state resident for tuition purposes. (See Residency Regulations for more details)

Please submit copies of the following (as well as other pertinent information) to assist in determination of domicile:

  • Your parents most recently submitted Federal, State, and Local tax forms (signed and dated). This applies to all students 22 years and younger. Students over 22 must submit a copy of his/her tax returns.
  • A letter from the student explaining how their domicile has changed since their original classification. If student’s domicile is tied to their parents, parents should also submit a letter of explanation explaining their change in domicile.
  • Copy of current lease or mortgage so we may verify you are residing in Pennsylvania.
  • Copy of PA driver's license/auto insurance/auto registration
  • Proof of bank account in Pennsylvania or written explanation of why bank account is out-of-state.
  • Copy of voter registration card
  • If you are 22 years old or younger an affidavit from you parent(s) stating setting forth facts to establish financial independence and separate residence. Affidavit MUST be notarized.
  • Residency Classification Data Collection Form must be complete, signed, and notarized.
  • If you are not a U.S. Citizen, you MUST include copies of all information pertaining to your immigration status.

NOTE: Your completed Data Collection Form and supporting evidence of domicile must be submitted to the Registrar's Office NO LATER THAN THE END OF THE DROP/ADD PERIOD in order to be processed for that semester.

Please forward to: West Chester University, Office of the Registrar, 25 University Avenue, West Chester, PA 19383. Your request for reclassification will be reviewed and a decision mailed to you within 30 days of the receipt of your request. Each case is judged independently based on student circumstances and information provided.

Thank you,

Joseph H. Santivasci
University Registrar