Residency Requirements, NY State

Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes

To be eligible for the resident tuition rate, a student must have one year's legal residency in New York State and six months in the County of Nassau immediately preceding the time of registration for any period of attendance. The legal residency of unmarried students under 21 is deemed to be that of their parents.

New York State students from counties other than Nassau may have the nonresident tuition rate waived by submitting a Certificate of Residence from their home county fiscal office prior to payment of tuition and fees. The submission of a valid Certificate of Residence qualifies students who reside in counties other than Nassau for the Nassau County resident tuition rate. The Certificate of Residence should be dated no more than 60 days prior to the start of the semester and no later than 30 days after the semester begins.

Information regarding residency requirements and links to the fiscal offices for all counties in New York State may be found at,, or contact your home county fiscal office directly. For students commencing study in the fall semester, the certificate will cover a full year, including fall and spring semesters and summer sessions. Certificates of Residence must be renewed each year. Individuals on student visas cannot qualify for a Certificate of Residence. Questions about residency status should be directed to Student Financial Affairs via email:; by phone: 516.572.7326 or in-person: Student Services Center, Tower lower level.

Continuing students applying for a change to in-state or in-county residency status must furnish all evidence that the student wishes NCC to consider to the Registrar’s Office, using the Student Information Change Form, found at Documentation should be submitted prior to the start of the respective semester. Retroactive requests will be considered only if submitted within the academic year in question. The College reserves the right to request additional documentation, if needed, to determine residency.

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