To receive the in-district tuition rate, a student 21 years of age or older must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, H visa holder, or refugee.
- Maintain a legal residence* in one of the eight sponsoring school districts** for at least 90 consecutive days prior to start of the semester for which they are applying.
*A legal residence is a student's permanent place of residence and one they have moved into for reasons other than attending college. Students living with in-district relatives do not qualify as legal residents.
**Bangor, Bethlehem, Easton, Nazareth, Northampton, Pen Argyl, Saucon Valley, or Wilson
- Provide two proofs of residency dated 90 days before a semester begins from the list below:
- A PA driver's license with current address
- per capita (school district) tax receipt for the current year
- valid PA Department of Transportation ID card
- lease (per capita tax bill or receipt or a utility bill needs to be the 2nd proof)
- utility bill (is accepted as 2nd form of proof for lease only)
- deed - home ownership is exempt from the 90 day rule
A student under the age of 21 retains the residency of his/her parents.
Families moving into a sponsoring school district (see ** above) must submit a Change of Information form and show proof of parents' residence with the required documents listed above to the Admissions Office (for new students) or the Records Office (for returning students).
A student under 21 not living with parents may be eligible for in-district rates if he/she proves independence. He/she must submit documentation proving independent status.
The definition of an independent student is one who is:
- a veteran
- an orphan or ward of the court
- has legal dependents for whom he/she provides at least 50% of the support
- a full time, permanent, benefits eligible employee who pays local or per capita tax in-district.
If proof of one of the above cannot be given, the student maintains parents' residence.
- Students must document their residency before the first day of the semester in order to receive in-district rates for that semester. Students who qualify for residency after the beginning of a semester will be granted the appropriate tuition rates for the following semester. The college will not make retroactive changes to residency status.
- Veterans retain the residency they had at the time they entered the military. They can qualify for in-district tuition as stated above.
- If a student can not provide any of the documents listed above, please contact Admissions or Records for further guidance.
- The documents will be reviewed and decided upon by the Residence Committee. Appeals of committee decisions will be reviewed by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
- The College reserves the right to request additional information when appropriate. Until this residency documentation is received, student tuition will be assessed at the out-of-district or out-of-state rate. Falsification of records will result in immediate and retroactive residence change to out-of-county or out-of-state, and could result in disciplinary action.
- NCC's decision to approve in-district residency may be challenged by the school district if their records do not reflect proper residency status. Out-of-county (those not residing within the eight sponsoring school districts) and out-of-state students will be charged non-resident fees.