RESIDENCY IS DUE BY THE 30TH DAY OF CLASSES (unless otherwise noted by your specific county) AND MUST BE UPDATED EVERY YEAR
New York State Residency Requirements
DEADLINES TO COMPLETE RESIDENCY FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS NO LATER THAN 30 DAYS AFTER THE START OF CLASSES. THIS DEADLINE IS IMPOSED BY THE COUNTIES AND ENFORCED UNDER EDUCATION LAW SECTIONS 6301 AND 6305. WHILE THE COLLEGE WILL ACCEPT LATE CERTIFICATES, THE COUNTY HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY GIVING A STUDENT ONE DUE TO LATE APPLICATION. FAILURE TO MEET THIS DEADLINE WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING CHARGED, AND RESPONSIBLE FOR, THE OUT OF STATE TUITION RATE.
AT NCCC WE INITIALLY CHARGE THE STUDENT THE TUITION RATE ASSOCIATED WITH THE CURRENT ADDRESS ON FILE. IF YOU HAVE NOT LIVED IN NYS FOR A FULL 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO CLASSES YOU MUST INFORM THE BUSINESS OFFICE; YOU WILL THEN BE CONSIDERED AN OUT OF STATE STUDENT FOR TUITION PURPOSES.
THE COUNTIES WILL ISSUE A CERTIFICATE FOR THE 6 MONTHS PRIOR TO CLASSES; IF YOU HAVE LIVED IN MORE THAN ONE COUNTY THE 6 MONTHS PRECEEDING THE TERM, YOU MUST OBTAIN A PARTIAL CERTIFICATE FROM EACH COUNTY. EVERY COUNTY WILL REQUIRE PROOF/DOCUMENTATION THAT SHOWS YOUR NAME, PHYSICAL ADDRESS (PO BOX NOT ACCEPTED) AND DATE THAT PROVES AT LEAST 12 MONTHS IN THE STATE AND UP TO 6 MONTHS IN THEIR COUNTY.
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. Students can verify Frankin/Essex County residency directly with the Business Office with our NEW ONLINE FORM HERE
New York State Resident of another County: 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. PLEASE FIND YOUR COUNTY APPLICATION BELOW TO COMPLETE. USE THE GENERIC ONLY IF YOUR COUNTY IS NOT LISTED. FOLLOW THESE BASIC INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY HERE --> INSTRUCTIONS
GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENCE INSTRUCTIONS:
- Complete the APPLICATION for your home county
- Sign the APPLICATION in front of a NOTARY
- Make copies of your PROOF OF RESIDENCY DOCUMENTS
- Send in the NOTARIZED APPLICATION with your PROOF to your Home County Treasurer's Office (keep a copy for yourself)
- Follow up with the Treasurer's Office that all documents were submitted accurately
- Once the Certificate of Residence is received from the county - send the Original Certificate to the NCCC Business Office
Always check with your county to see what their specific requirements are for proof and submission. The responsibility is yours and deadlines are set by the counties, not Colleges and therefore we cannot offer extensions to complete the process.
Some county offices may still be closed to the public for in-person appointments, you can still obtain your Certificate of Residence. Contact your county to see what their accommodations are (email, mail-in, drop boxes etc).
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 they have 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. Those students who reside in Franklin or Essex County as permanent residents must complete their Residency with the NCCC Business Office every 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.
FIND YOUR COUNTY BELOW AND FOLLOW THE LINKS FOR THE APPLICATION AND WEBSITE FOR EACH COUNTY
SOME COUNTIES WILL ACCEPT OUR GENERIC APPLICATION
We suggest contacting your county to verify the documents you are sending as proof to prevent your application being sent back.
**COUNTY CONTACTS MAILING LIST click here
Albany County Application - website
Allegeny County website (use Generic Application)
Broome County Application - website (can also use Generic Application)
Cattaraugus County website (use Generic Application)
Cayuga County Application - website
Chautauqua County Application - website
Chemung County website (use Generic Application)
Chenango County website (use Generic Application)
Clinton County Application - website
Columbia County Application - website
Cortland County Application - website
Delaware County website (use Generic Application)
Dutchess County Application - website
Erie County Application & Instructions - NEW ONLINE PROCESS HERE as of 11.01.22
Essex County Application - website
Fulton County website (use Generic Application)
Genesee County website (use Generic Application)
Greene County Application - website
Hamilton County website (use Generic Application)
Herkimer County website (use Generic Application)
Jefferson County website (use Generic Application)
Lewis County Application - website
Livingston County website (use Generic Application)
Madison County Application & Affidavit - website
Monroe County website (use Generic Application)
Montgomery County website (use Generic Application)
Nassau County Application Guidelines - NEW ONLINE APPLICATION LINK- website
NYC All Boroughs Application - website *accepts emailed submissions then originals can be mailed
Niagara County Application - website
Oneida County Application - website (can also use Generic Application)
Onondaga County - NEW ONLINE APPLICATION LINK - website effective summer 2021
Ontario County Application - website
Orange County Application - website
Orleans County website (use Generic Application)
Otsego County Application - website (can also use Generic Application)
Oswego County - website - NEW ONLINE APPLICATION LINK effective 7.14.2020
Putnam County Application - website
Rensselaer County Application - website
Rockland County - NEW ONLINE APPLICATION LINK - website
St. Lawrence County Application - website
Saratoga County Application - website
Schenectady County website - (use Generic Application)
Schoharie County website - (use Generic Application)
Schuyler County Application - website
Seneca County Application - website
Steuben County Application - website
Suffolk County App - website - NEW ONLINE APPLICATION LINK effective 8.25.2021 online only (must register to enter website) *Website is experiencing issues. Contact the county directly - Certificates will be issued late for Fall 2022 semester
Sullivan County Application - website
Tiogoa County website - (can use Generic Application)
Tompkins County Application - website - NEW ONLINE APPLICATION LINK
Ulster County Application - website
Warren County Application - website
Washington County Application - website
Wayne County Application - website
Westchester County - website NEW ONLINE APPLICATION LINK effective 11.20.2020
Wyoming County website - (use Generic Application)
Yates County website - (use Generic Application) 2 Forms of Proof and In Person
*Use the County Contacts Mailing List above for mailing information for your Residency Applications and Documents.
Generic County Certificate Application & Instructions
March 16th, 2021 Important COVID-19 Update for Residency: Governor Cuomo's Executive Order (GEO 202.11) entered on March 7th, 2020, and extended by EO 202.96, suspended the 30 day deadline to obtain a Certificate of Residence. This Executive Order is set to expire March 28th, 2021. Therefore, after March 28th, 2021, a student will be unable to retroactively obtain a Certificate of Residence for a prior semester to receive the Resident Tuition Rate. All students will be required to obtain their Certificates in order to qualify for the Resident Tuition Rate under the NYS Education Law guidelines set forth below [no earlier than 60 days prior to start of classes and no later than 30 days after start of classes].