What does Residency Verification mean?

The Office of the University Registrar conducts periodic review of student records for accuracy. During an audit of our records, we may find a discrepancy related to a student's Pennsylvania residency status which must be verified according to the Commonwealth guidelines. The discrepancy can be corrected by providing supporting documents that validate the student's in-state residency classification.


Who does this apply to?

Students selected for the verification will receive an email from the Office of the University Registrar.


What happens if I am selected for a verification?

You will receive an email with instructions for submitting documents to support your in-state classification. The email will include a deadline by which the documents must be upload via TUportal.


What documents are required to satisfy the verification?

We require only two documents for the verification:

  • Government issued photo ID showing the current address.

  • The first page of Pennsylvania state tax form showing the current mailing address for the requested year. Financial information must be redacted. Federal tax form will not be considered.
    • If you are a dependent for tax purpose, then you will have to submit your parent's or guardian's tax forms showing you are a dependent. Financial information must be redacted.

If the Pennsylvania tax document or a government issued photo ID is not available, please upload a letter explaining why. All other documents submitted in place of the above requested document will not be considered.


How do I send my documents?

To send the requested documents, please follow these steps:

  1. Using your TUportal login, sign into the Residency Verification app to submit the requested documents.
  2. Upload the requested documents as a single PDF file.
  3. Enter comments (optional)
  4. Click Submit Request.
  5. Click Confirm.


What if I do not submit the documents?

If we do not receive the requested documents before the deadline, you will be reclassified as a non-Pennsylvania resident which will update your tuition to the out-of-state rate.


Who do I contact for assistance?

For inquires related to the verification, please follow the steps in the email you received.


Related information

PA Residency Definition

PA Residency Re-classification