Residency

Resident Students:

Students who are United States citizens or foreign students entitled to reside permanently in the United States who (1) reside in Macomb County as of the start of registration for the term desired, or (2) own real property in Macomb County (must provide current property tax information), will be charged in-district resident rates.

In-State Students:

Students who do not fall within the definition of "Resident Students" who reside in Michigan as of the start of registration for the term desired will be charged in-state rates.

Out-of-State Students:

Students who do not fall within the definition of "Resident Students" or "In-State Students" as of the start of registration for the term desired will be charged out-of-state/foreign rates.

Foreign Students:

Only persons who are entitled to reside permanently in the United States may be eligible for resident or in-state classification at Macomb Community College. These individuals, like United States citizens, must still prove that they have established a Macomb County or State of Michigan residency as defined in this policy. Having the privilege of remaining permanently in the United States, in itself, does not entitle a person to resident or in-state classification for College purposes. The College will review the circumstances of the following classes of immigrants to determine whether they are entitled to resident or in-state tuition:

  • Permanent Resident Aliens (must be fully processed and possess Permanent Resident Alien card or stamp in passport verifying final approval by registration deadline for applicable semester).
  • Refugees (I-94 card must designate "refugee").
  • Asylees (I-94 card must designate "asylee" or "asylum")
  • A, E (primary), G and I visa holders*

Foreign students in all other immigration categories will be charged the out-of-state/foreign tuition rate.

(*Based upon current law, these non-immigrant visa classifications are the only ones that permit the visa holder to establish domicile in the United States. The College may update this list as changes occur in applicable law).

Sponsored Students:

Resident or in-state students enrolled under letters of understanding or agreement with approved third parties shall be charged no less than resident tuition rates for regular College offerings and no less than actual costs for "special" programs or courses developed to meet designated needs. Rates for this category of students will not be paid individually but will be billed to the third party under whose auspices such students are enrolled.

Affiliate Students:

Affiliate students, non-county residents living in communities not served by a community college, or who are attending the College under terms of a formal agreement with another educational provider, may be charged a tuition rate less than that for non-county residents.

Documentation of Residency:

Students will be required to show evidence of residency at the time of each admission/readmission and when the College has reason to believe that the student is misrepresenting his/her residency. Students who misrepresent their residency may be subject to disciplinary action by the College and shall be charged the tuition rate applicable to their actual residency. Current documents such as a driver's license, utility bills, rent receipts, and other appropriate evidence may be required as proof of residency.

NOTE: Decisions regarding residency may be appealed to the Registrar who in consultation with the appropriate Vice Presidents will review all appeals.

Approved by the Board of Trustees
Macomb Community College
December 15, 1970
Effective July 1, 1971
Revised December 19, 2006
(Reviewed by Office of General Counsel, December 2011)

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