New York State Residency Requirements


The Community College program in the State of New York was intended to permit students who are residents of New York State to pay a reduced tuition rate. NYS residents are required to provide a Certificate of Residence from their home county to receive the reduced rate of tuition.  You must have lived in New York State for 12 months prior to the start of classes. Residency is verified by the county(ies) in which you have lived for the six months prior to attending college. If you have lived in more than one state county during those six months, a Certificate of Residence will be required from each of those counties. The deadline to complete Residency is no later than 30 days after the start of classes.  This deadline is imposed by the Counties and enforced under the Education Law Sections 6301 and 6305.

Residents from Franklin and Essex County NY, only need to complete the electronic Residency Verification Form.  There will be a tab on the form to upload proof of residency.  All other county residents need to obtain a Certificate of Residence from their county. This is an annual requirement.

Where Do You Get a Certificate of Residence?

You can obtain a Certificate of Residence from the county where you permanently reside. You must apply to your county. You need to complete the Application for a Certificate of Residency; have it notarized and send it and a copy of the verification document that you provide to the Notary to your County Treasure.  The Business Office has a Notary and most banks have Notaries.  Click on your county at the bottom of the page for instructions and the application to obtain a Certificate of Residence for your county. 

When Is Your Residency Due?

No sooner than 60 days prior to the start of classes, and no later than 30 days after the start of classes. NY State Counties are only required to issue and honor Certificates of Residence dated within this time frame. After the first 30 days of classes, most counties will no longer issue Certificates of Residence, and payment for the Out of State charge then becomes the student’s responsibility.

Where Do You Submit it

Once you receive the official Certificate of Residence from your county, you can submit it to the Business Office. (Make sure you keep a copy for yourself.) 

You may:

  • Drop it off in person (Hodson Hall Room 155)
  • Fax (518) 891-6562
  • Email
  • Mail to:
    NCCC Business Office
    23 Santanoni Ave
    Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Certificates with a raised seal need to be mailed to the Business Office as we are required to keep the original on file.

County Mailing and Contact List

Find your county below for instructions to obtain your Certificate of Residence

Albany County

Allegeny County

Broome County

Cattaraugus County

Cayuga County

Chautauqua County

Chemung County

Chenango County website (use Generic Application)

Clinton County

Columbia County

Cortland County Applicationwebsite

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

Franklin County

Fulton County website (use Generic Application)

Genesee County website (use Generic Application)

Greene County Application - website

Hamilton County 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 & Affidavitwebsite

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 COR Link 

Sullivan County Application - website

Tiogoa County website - (can use Generic Application)

Tompkins County Application - websiteNEW 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