New York State Residency Requirements
NYS Community Colleges receive a portion of their funding from the county they reside in and therefore all students are required to prove their residence in New York State for a minimum of one year and residence in their home county for six months prior to the start of classes.
Student residency status determines the tuition rate they will be charged. To determine your residency please read the following:
Essex and Franklin County Residents: A resident of the State of New York for one year, and of the County of Essex or Franklin for six months immediately prior to registration. Must verify residency directly with the Business Office.
New York State Resident: A resident of the State of New York for one year and of a county other than Essex or Franklin for six months immediately prior to registration who can present a Certificate of Residence from that county.
Non-Resident Student: A student who does not fulfill either of the two statements above is a non-resident student and pays Non-Resident tuition.
To qualify for the resident tuition fee, a student is required by law to present once each academic year, on or before registration, a Certificate of Residence indicating that he or she has been a legal resident of the State of New York for one year and of the county in which he or she resides for six months. Failure to present a Certificate of Residence will result in Non-Resident tuition charges.
Non-Resident students are exempt from presenting a certificate.
It is the responsibility of the student to confirm their residency with the Business Office and turn in the Certificate they receive from their County Treasurer. Those students required to obtain a Certificate of Residence from their home county or counties must do so each year. Read the instructions carefully to not miss the deadlines for each term. If you have questions on the Certificate of Residence or residency requirements contact the Business Office.