Certificate of Residence Registration
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Certificate of Residence Guidelines
The community college program in the State of New York was intended to permit students who are State residents to pay a reduced tuition rate. Each community college has a local sponsor, generally a county, that provides a share of the costs allocable to resident students. A student who attends a community college outside their county of residence must obtain a Certificate of Residence In order to be eligible for the lower in-state tuition rate. The local sponsor then reimburses its share of the costs of the students tuition to the community college.
- Resident of New York State for at least one (1) full year Immediately preceding the date the application/affidavit.
- Resident of Nassau County for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the date of the application/affidavit.
- US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien for at least one (1) full year Immediately preceding the date of the application/affidavit or a valid visa holder (see FAQ tab for list of eligible visa types).
- Undocumented non-U.S. citizens must have attended at least two (2) years and graduated from a public high school within the past five (5) years.
- Submit application/affidavit no earlier than sixty (60) days before the official start date of the semester and no later than the last day of classes (including finals).
- Once activated, by attending and completing the school term, the Certificate is then valid for one full year from the date it was issued.
- The Certificate must still be valid on the official start date of any future semesters to be able to use it for that semester.
- Certificates are based on your 6-months of Residence immediately preceding the date of application. Students who have moved from one county to another within that 6-month period will receive a partial Certificate for the number of months (rounded up) you resided in Nassau County. In that case you may also need a Certificate from your other county of residence to cover the remainder of the time you lived there.
PROOF #1 New York State Residence:
In order to prove that you have been a resident of New York State for at least one (1) year, you must submit one of the following suggested forms of documentation with an issue-date that is at least one (1) year prior to the date of your application, but not older than two (2) years prior:
- Drivers license
- Learners permit
- Auto registration
- Selective service card
- Voter registration ID card
- High school report card or official transcript
- New York State income tax return (IT-150 or IT-201 - first page only)**
- Any of the documents listed under PROOF #2 if dated 12-24 months prior to application.
** Federal 1040 income tax returns are only acceptable when using parents return listing student as a dependent. A copy of the parents NYS return must also accompany their 1040 when being used in this manner.
PROOF #2 Nassau County Residence:
In order to prove that you are a current resident of Nassau County, you must submit one of the following suggested forms of documentation with an issue-date that is within six (6) months of the date of your application:
- Bank Statement
- Student loan
- Credit card statement
- Cell phone bill
- Utility bill
- W-2 form (only accepted for this purpose January through June)
- TAP award or any financial aid
- Any of the documents listed under PROOF#1 if dated within the past 6 months.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING FROM ANY COLLEGE AS PROOF OF RESIDENCE
ALL PERSONAL ACCOUNT INFORMATION OTHER THAN NAME, ADDRESS AND DATES MAY BE REDACTED PRIOR TO SUBMITTING
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|Certificate on file from Previous Year||
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(PROOF #1 not a Nassau County Address)
Certificate of Residence Frequently Asked Questions
Which colleges require a Nassau County Certificate of Residence?
Only New York State community colleges participate in the Certificate of Residence program (and F.I.T.). Nassau County residents do not need a Nassau County COR to attend Nassau Community College.
- Adirondack Community College
- Borough of Manhattan Community College
- Bronx Community College
- Broome Community College
- Cayuga County Community College
- Clinton Community College
- Columbia-Greene Community College
- Corning Community College
- Dutchess Community College
- Erie Community College
- Fashion Institute of Technology
- Finger Lakes Community College
- Fulton Montgomery Community College
- Genesee Community College
- Guttman Community College
- Herkimer County Community College
- Hostos Community College
- Hudson Valley Community College
- Jamestown Community College
- Jefferson Community College
- Kingsborough Community College
- Laguardia Community College
- Medgar Evers College
- Mohawk Valley Community College
- Monroe Community College
- New York City College of Technology
- Niagra County Community College
- North Country Community College
- Onondaga Community College
- Orange County Community College
- Queensborough Community College
- Rockland Community College
- Schenectady Community College
- Suffolk County Community College
- Sullivan County Community College
- Tompkins-Cortland Community College
- Ulster County Community College
- Westchester Community College
Why do I need a Certificate of Residence?
Because without it, you will be billed as an out-of state resident, which means a higher tuition rate (double in some cases) than if you had a Certificate of Residence on file with your school. This allows them to bill your County of Residence to subsidize your tuition.
Do I need to send anything else other than the affidavit?
Yes. The Treasurer will not issue a Certificate of Residence without copies of both a photo id and proof of residence for the student. Please refer to the Certificate of Residence Guidelines for more information on exactly what you need, you may need more than just 1 (one) form of proof.
What are considered acceptable forms of photo ID and proof of residence?
Photo ID can be any of the following. All forms of ID must be valid at the time of application. Make sure copies are clear:
- Drivers License or Learners Permit *
- School Issued Photo ID
- Leisure Pass
- Work ID
- Permanent Resident Card
Proof of residence can be any of the following in the student's name. Address and date of issue must be visible. Please refer to the Certificate of Residence Guidelines for more info on the dates necessary on your proofs:
- Bank Statement
- Drivers License or Learners Permit
- Utility Bill (cell phone, electric, cable etc.)
- Credit Card Bill
- NYS Income Tax Return (current year only. If student does not file then use parent's NYS tax return if student is itemized as a dependent)
- Anything with New York State letterhead (TAP award paperwork etc.)
- High School report card or Official Transcript (Report cards good for the date of issue, Official Transcripts prove Residence for full attendance periods reflected in transcript.)
My school says I need to get a new Certificate of Residence each semester. Is this true?
No. Once activated a certificate is valid for 365 days from the date it is issued. (For example: if you received a Certificate of Residence on 2-15-10 and attend the 2010 Spring term, it will still be valid for the 2010 Fall term) Nassau County will not issue a certificate of Residence to a student with a valid certificate on file unless it is within 60-days of expiration.
How do I activate a Certificate of Residence?
Your COR will activate once you are fully enrolled in class(es) during the target term/semester for which you obtain your COR.
If I attend multiple colleges, do I need to get another Certificate of Residence?
No. You can log in to your account, update the application to add another school, then request a new copy to be sent by contacting the Nassau County Treasurer's Office.
Can I get a Certificate of Residence for a class I took last semester?
No. Nassau County will not honor certificates retroactively. The deadline is the last day of classes to receive credit for that particular term (or 30-days from commencement of class for those terms shorter than 30-days).
Does the Certificate of Residence cost anything?
No, its free.
If my application is denied for any reason, can I appeal?
Yes, you can write to the Chancellor of Community Colleges to file a Certificate of Residence appeal at the State University of New York, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246.
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