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Student Residency 4.102

In accordance with Illinois Community College Board and Illinois Public Community College Act rules on residency the following definitions will determine residency status for student admission and assessment for in-district resident, out-of-district resident, and out-of-state & international resident tuition in Community College District 509, commonly known as Elgin Community College, unless provided under a separate written agreement with the Elgin Community College Board of Trustees.

  1. In-District Resident
    1. Residency - General Provisions. The Following provisions apply to both State and district residency definitions:
      1. To be classified as a resident of Community College District 509, a student shall have occupied a dwelling within the district for at least 30 days immediately prior to the date established by the district for classes to begin.
      2. Students occupying a dwelling in the district who fail to meet the 30-day residency requirement may not become residents simply by attending classes at a community college for 30 days or more.
      3. Students who move from outside the district and who obtain residence in the district for reasons other than attending the community college shall be exempt from the 30-day requirement if they demonstrate through documentation a verifiable interest in establishing permanent residency.
    2. Individuals who reside outside of District 509 will be considered in-district students for courses offered by Elgin Community College (110 ILCS 805/6-4.1.) if they:
      1. Are employed for at least 35 hours per week in the District.
      2. If they are military personnel who are stationed and present in the district in connection with their military service.
      3. If they are utilizing benefits under the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or any subsequent variation of that Act (per Public Act 098-0306)
      4. Are enrolled through a joint agreement with Elgin Community College and another college.
  2. Out-of-District Resident
    1. An "out-of district resident" is any person whose permanent residence lies outside the boundaries of District 509 but within the state of Illinois.
    2. An individual shall be deemed an Illinois resident until the individual establishes a residence outside of this State, (110 ILCS 805/6-4a) if all of the following conditions are met:
      1. The individual resided with his or her parent or guardian while attending a public or private high school in this State.
      2. The individual graduated from a public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this State.
      3. The individual attended school in this State for at least 3 years as of the date the individual graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma.
      4. The individual registers as an entering student in the community college not earlier than 2003 fall semester.
      5. In the case of an individual who is not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, the individual provides the community college with an affidavit stating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so.
  3. Out of State & International Resident
    1. An "out-of-state resident" is any person whose permanent residence is outside the state of Illinois. This includes international students enrolling under a non-immigrant visa. International students attending on certain visa types may be eligible for in-district tuition if it is determined that they meet one of the following:
      1. Married to a U.S. citizen.
      2. Completion of permanent residency filing process.
      3. Provides documentation of an approved asylum claim.
  4. Verification of In-District Residency
    1. Residency must be established at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester.  Acceptable documentation of residency includes:
      1. A Driver's license or state issued identification card or U.S. or international government issued identification card with an in-district address dated at least 30 days prior to the start of the term or
      2. Provide at least two of the following: Signed lease, utility bill or tax bill in the student's name, or voter's registration card or
      3. Students who qualify as an in-district resident by working 35 hours or more a week must provide documentation of hours worked per week on employer letterhead, in the form of a recent pay stub, or on forms available in the Registration Department or
      4. Students utilizing benefits under the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or any subsequent variation of that Act (per Public Act 098-0306) must provide DD214 form or an Eligibility letter
      5. Students who qualify under a joint agreement must provide the required documentation per that agreement

Questions regarding residency will be presented to the Dean of Student Services and Development. The decision may be reviewed by the Vice President of Teaching, Learning and Student Development.