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Residency Policy


Increasingly, parents and students realize that the community college is a sound educational investment. Because New York State and Rockland County pay part of the College’s operating costs, Rockland Community College’s tuition is far less than tuition at private colleges. Attending Rockland Community College for your first two years significantly reduces the cost of a bachelor’s degree. If you’re anxious to enter the job market, Rockland Community College can prepare you for a good job in just two years. If you have questions about cost to attend Rockland Community College, view Tuition/Fees.


(New Students, Returning students - not registered for previous two semesters and Non-Rockland County NYS resident) 

Semester = Fall or Spring         Sessions = Summer or Winter

 To be eligible for the resident tuition rate students must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Provide documentation of one year's legal residency in New York State and six months in Rockland County prior to the start date of the semester. Documentation must clearly demonstrate New York State residency for the year prior to the start of the semester and Rockland County residency for six months prior to the start of the semester.
  2. Provide a Certificate of Residency from another county in New York State.
    The Certificate of Residency is a form issued to the student by the county in which they reside verifying their place of residence. To qualify for a Certificate of Residency, students must have lived in NY State for the past 12 months. Residency is verified by the county in which they have lived for the six months prior to attending college. If they have lived in more than one NY State county during those six months, verification from each county will be required.

Note: A person does not acquire a New York State Domicile (Legal Residence) simply by being physically present in New York State for a period of 12 months or for the sole purpose of attending a New York State College or University. If your principal or permanent home has not been in New York State for a 12-month period immediately prior to the date you intend to enroll, you will be considered an out-of-state student for tuition purposes.

Permanent resident cards must be dated one year prior to the start date of term the student wishes to register for in order to be considered eligible for resident tuition.  The student must also meet the NY State and County requirements as indicated above.

Students on F(student), B(visitor), J(exchange), C, D, H2, H3, M, O2, P, Q, R or TN visas are not eligible for resident rate of tuition. Persons holding a different Immigration status should contact the Bursar at (845) 574 - 4243

Students who fail to present documentation will be charged non-resident tuition. It is the responsibility of the student not the college to prove residency.

 Any of the following is appropriate documentation of State and County legal residency:   

  • Duration of the student’s physical presence in NY State
  • State of residency of the student’s family
  • NYS driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • NY  State voter registration
  • NY State motor vehicle registration
  • NY State income tax returns
  • NY State bank accounts
  • Proof of ownership of NY State real property
  • Residential lease for property

Certificate applications are available in the Bursar's Office and must be presented to the home county Treasurer's Office.
A new certificate must be submitted each year.

NYS Regions

Certificate of Residency Links:

Orange County - Nassau County - New York City - Suffolk County - Westchester
Out-Of-County -- New York State

The following are the names and addresses of various New York State counties that you may contact to obtain a valid Certificate of Residence.

Direct links to County Websites
County Street Address City, State, Zip Telephone
Albany County  Director of Finance
112 State St. 
Albany, NY
Allegany County Court House
7 Court St.
Belmont, NY
Broome County   Dept. of Audit
Broome County Office Bldg.
PO Box 1766, Government Plaza 
Binghamton, NY
Cattaraugus County Office of the Treasurer
303 Court St. 
Little Valley, NY
Cayuga County County Office Bldg.
5th Floor
PO Box 190
Auburn, NY
Chautauqua County Dept. of Finance
Gerace Office Bldg. 
Mayville, NY
Chemung County PO Box 588
320 East Market St. 
Elmira, NY
Chenango County County Office
Court St.
Norwich, NY
Clinton County Gov't. Ctr
137 Margaret St. 
Plattsburgh, NY
Columbia County Court House
15 N 6th St.
Hudson, NY
Cortland County PO Box 5590
60 Central Ave. 
Cortland, NY
Delaware County Office Bldg.
111 Main St.
Delhi, NY
Dutchess County  Comm. of Finance
County Office Bldg.
22 Market St. 
Poughkeepsie, NY
Erie County 95 Franklin St. Buffalo, NY
Essex County County Treasurer,
County. Bldg.
P.O.Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY
Franklin County County Treasurer
Court House
355 W. Main St.
Malone, NY
Fulton County Office of County Treasurer Johnstown, NY
Genesee County County Bldg. #1 Batavia, NY
(585)344-2550 Ext. 2210  
Greene County  PO Box 467
288-292 Main St.
Catskill, NY
Hamilton County  County Office Bldg.
P. O. Box 205
Lake Pleasant, NY
Herkimer County County Office Bldg.
Suite 1310 
Herkimer, NY
Jefferson County  175 Arsenal St.  Watertown, NY
Lewis County Court House Lowville, NY
Livingston County Livingston Cty. Courthouse,
6 Court St.
Geneseo, NY
Madison County PO Box 665 Wampsville, NY
Monroe County Real Property Tax Serv.,
Rm. 304, 39 W. Main St.
Rochester, NY
Montgomery County New County Office Bldg.,
P.O. Box 1500 
Fonda, NY
Nassau County County Office Bldg.
240 Old Country Rd. 
Mineola, NY
New York, City of Office of the Comptroller
Municipal Bldg
Rm. 510, 1 Centre St.
New York, NY
Niagara County Court House Lockport, NY
Oneida County Dept. of Audit & Control
800 Park Ave.
Utica, NY
Onondaga County Dept. of Finance
PO Box 1004
421 Montgomery St.
Syracuse, NY
Ontario County
(see instructions above*)
County Treasurer
20 Ontario St.
Canandaigua, NY
Orange County Dept. of Finance
30 Matthews St-Suite 102
Goshen, NY
Orleans County 34 East Park St. Albion, NY
Oswego County  County Bldg.
46 E. Bridge St.
Oswego, NY
Otsego County County Bldg.
197 Main St. 
Cooperstown, NY
Putnam County  Dept. of Finance
Commissioner of Finance
40 Gleneida Ave.
Carmel, NY
Ext. 387
Rockland County Treasurer's Office
18 New Hempstead Rd.
New City, NY
Rensselaer County Bureau of Finance
Office Bldg.
Troy, NY
Saratoga County Treasurer's Office
County Municipal Ctr.
40 McMaster St.
Ballston Spa, NY
Schenectady County Dept. of Finance
County Office Bldg.
620 State St. 
Schenectady, NY
Schoharie County  County Seat, Courthouse
P. O. Box 9
Schoharie, NY
Schuyler County County Office
Ninth St, Unit 17
Watkins Glen, NY
Seneca County 1 DiPronio Dr. Waterloo, NY
St. Lawrence County Court House
48 Court St.
Canton, NY
Steuben County 3 East Pulteney Sq. Bath, NY
Suffolk County ATTN: Maureen Gallaqher
Dept. of Audit and Control
PO Box 6100
H. Lee Dennison Bldg.
Hauppauge, NY
Sullivan County Court House
100 North St.
P. O. Box 5012
Monticello, NY
Ext. 5014
Tioga County County Office Bldg.
56 Main St.
Owego, NY
Tompkins County Comm. of Budget and Adm.
125 E. Court St.
Ithaca, NY
Ulster County 244 Fair St. PO Box 1800  Kingston,NY
Warren County Warren County Municipal Ctr.
1340 State St., Rte. 9
Lake George,
NY 12845
Washington County County Bldg.
Upper Broadway
Fort Edward, NY
Wayne County PO Box 8, 16 William St.  Lyons, NY 14489 (315)946-7443
Westchester County Dept. of Finance
Michaelian Office Bldg.
148 Martine Ave.
White Plains, NY
Wyoming County 143 N. Main St.

Warsaw, NY

Yates County 417 Liberty St. Penn Yan, NY
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