It is the student’s responsibility to confirm residency status for billing purposes. Failure to do so could result in a higher tuition charge. While residency status must be established prior to the start of any given term, students have through the midpoint of any term to deliver all required documents to the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management. After that date, while the residency status may be changed, students forfeit any possible refund for the current term.
Only permanent residents of Morris County are entitled to the lower in-county tuition rate. International students must have their permanent residency status in New Jersey for one year to qualify. All others pay the higher out-of-county or out-of-state tuition rate. Undocumented students should review the requirements below to verify their eligibility for lower tuition rates.
A student wishing to establish residency in Morris County must submit all of the following documents showing the same Morris County residential address (not mailing address) to the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management in the Student Community Center, Room 132. A decision regarding residency status will be made after all of the required documents have been submitted.
If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please call 973-328-5171.
- Affidavit obtained from the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management.
- Any one of the following:
- Current lease
- Recent tax bill
- Recent water bill
- Notarized letter from individual with whom you reside
- Valid New Jersey motor vehicle license, motor vehicle registration, voter registration card or N.J. State I.D. card
- Two pieces of current business mail sent to the student. (Personal mail or mail sent from County College of Morris cannot be used. Mail sent to a Post Office Box is unacceptable; the address must show the residential street address. Individuals establishing one-year residency must include one piece of mail from one year ago.)
- A student under 23 years old, claiming himself or herself for tax purposes and not living with his or her parents or guardian must submit:
- Copy of his or her most recent 1040 or New Jersey income tax form; and
- Copy of his or her parents’ most recent 1040 or New Jersey income tax form.
- Permanent residents must provide their green card showing permanent residency status issued one year prior to the term in which they are requesting the lower tuition rate.
- The residency requirement for a New Jersey resident moving into Morris County is one day and is made once all of the above required documents have been submitted.
- The residency requirement for an out-of-state resident moving into New Jersey is one year. After the 12th month, the student may submit all of the above required documents. (Out-of-state residents will continue to be charged out-of-state tuition until the one-year residency has expired and all appropriate documents are submitted.)
- To be eligible for a lower tuition rate, a student must be established as a permanent resident before the first day of classes of the new semester.
- Residence established solely for the purpose of paying the lower tuition rate cannot be considered as fulfilling the residency requirements.
Residency for Undocumented Students
Eligible undocumented individuals may attend County College of Morris at a tuition rate based upon their verified residency status. To be eligible for in-county or out-of-county tuition rates, undocumented students must submit the following documents to the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management:
- Verification of having attended a New Jersey high school for at least three (3) years;
- Verification of graduation from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a New Jersey high school diploma;
- Filed an affidavit with the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his/her immigration status or will file such an application. The affidavit may be obtained from the Office of Student Development and Enrollment Management in the Student Community Center, Room 132, or you can download the document here.
Any undocumented individual who cannot provide the documents above will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate.
Residency for Military Students
In compliance with federal and state laws, all military students living in New Jersey (active and separated) are exempt from needing to establish the college’s residency requirements, and are eligible for lower tuition rates, depending upon where they live in New Jersey.