Residency Definitions

Residency is based on the location of the student’s actual habitation at the time of registration and is associated with the intent to remain at that location for the entire semester. As such, the classification of residency, as determined when fees are paid, remains in effect for the entire term. Residency of students under 18 is that of the parent or legal guardian, or as otherwise established by law.

Residency classifications are determined each term by the Admissions Office at the time of application entry. A valid state issued ID is required to determine district residency. District residency status can change during a semester, but tuition will not be adjusted during a semester. No tuition/residency adjustments will be made after the 10th day of the term. By Illinois state law, a student may be requested to supply proof of residency at any time.

Persons enrolling at South Suburban College are classified for residency purposes as:

  • In-District Students
    Persons who have established a permanent residence within Community College District 510 and show evidence of continued intent to remain in the District.
  • Out-of-District Students
    Persons living outside Community College District 510, but in the State of Illinois.
  • Out-of-State Students
    Persons not living in Illinois.
  • Foreign/International Students
    Persons who are not United States citizens, have not filed a petition for naturalization in Illinois, and do not hold permanent residency status. These students are charged out-of-state tuition rates.
  • Permanent Residency Status Students
    Persons living in the district who are able to establish their status by providing a copy of their alien resident card; and as such, are classified as in-district and charged in-district tuition rates.

Proof of District Residency for In-District Tuition: As a public community college within the state of Illinois, South Suburban College adheres to current residency requirements set forth by the Illinois Community College Board. To receive in-district tuition at South Suburban College, all new students must provide proof of established residency within Community College District 510 at least 30 days prior to initial term registration. Classification of residency remains in effect for the entire term. A student who resides in Community College District 510 for educational purposes only does not gain the status of in district resident regardless of the length of the student’s stay in the district.

A student who fails to submit adequate information to establish residency in Community College District 510, will be classified as a non-district resident, thus paying out-of district tuition.

To prove residency, you will be required to provide a valid driver’s license or state issued ID card with the in-district address: at your initial application time; if you have an address change; or returned mail. If you are unable to provide either one of those items, see additional acceptable items below.

A total of three documents (one from each category below) will be required to verify in-district residency. Each document must list the student’s name and residential address (not a Post Office box), and at least one of the documents must be dated within the last 30 days.

Category I Category II Category III
  • Contract to purchase home in district
  • Home Insurance Declaration Page
  • Homeowner’s Association Notice
  • Mortgage Agreement
  • Property Closing Statement
  • Rental Contract or Lease
  • Voter’s Registration Card *
  • Voter’s History (online)
  • Shelter Residency Document
  • Paycheck stub
  • Tax return
  • W-2
  • 1098-T (not from South Suburban College)
  • 1099 Interest Statement
  • Social Security Statement
  • FAFSA downloaded information
  • INS Documentation
  • Voter’s Registration Card*
  • Vehicle Registration Card
  • Healthcare Eligibility Card from Healthcare and Family Services
  • Current Illinois Firearm Owners ID Card (FOID Card)
  • Jury Duty Notice
  • Unemployment Check Stub
  • Military Active Duty/Discharge Documentation
  • Bills:
    • Gas
    • Electric
    • Telephone
    • Water
    • Medical/Dental
    • Credit Card Statement
  • Installment Loan Documentation (Car/Boat/Motorcycle, etc.)
  • Library Card (must include name and address)
  • Bank Statement

*Can be used for either Category I or II – not both

For more information, contact Registration, (708) 596-2000 ext. 2384 or 2328.

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