A Message from the President: Tuition Adjustment for Second- and Third-Year Doctoral Students Whose Residency Status Was Affected by the Pandemic

Office of the President

Dear Graduate Center community,

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented wide-ranging challenges. Among them, many nonresident students either left New York State in March 2020 or did not move to New York for the 2020–2021 academic year as they were complying with federal and state safety guidelines. Because they were unable to establish New York State residency, without intervention these students would be charged the CUNY nonresident tuition rate for the 2021–2022 academic year. This issue has been a great concern for many of us at the Graduate Center.

I write to share the good news that the Graduate Center and CUNY Central administration have reached a solution for qualifying second- and third-year doctoral students (Ph.D., D.M.A., and Au.D.) who would have satisfactorily established New York State residency beginning in the Fall 2021 semester but have yet to do so. The GC will provisionally charge tuition at the in-state rate for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. These students will have one year to establish New York State residency; if they do not, they will be retroactively charged the nonresident tuition differential for the terms of enrollment in academic year 2021–2022.

All qualifying students will be contacted directly by the registrar’s office with detailed instructions and next steps.

I’d like to thank the students who heightened awareness of this issue and the leaders at the Graduate Center and CUNY Central who worked assiduously to find a solution.


Robin L. Garrell

Submitted on: SEP 2, 2021

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