CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENCE
Information and Directions
For Residents of New York City
A Certificate of Residence issued by your home county entitles you to pay the resident tuition fee to attend a community college in New York State and not the higher, non-resident tuition. The New York City Comptroller issues these certificates to qualified residents living within the five boroughs of New York City.
The Certificate of Residence is EFFECTIVE FOR ONE YEAR from the date it is issued. You must apply for and submit a new Certificate of Residence to your college once a year, every year at the beginning of the semester (or quarter), along with your tuition payment. If you do not submit the Certificate of Residence, you will be charged the higher, non-resident tuition fee.
Resident of New York State for at least one (1) year immediately prior to the date of application, and also
Resident of New York City for at least six (6) months immediately prior to the date of application.
Note: Members of the U.S Armed Forces, while on full-time active duty and stationed within New York State, and their spouses and dependents are eligible for the resident tuition rate.
All applicants (students) must provide two forms of proof to verify residency: ONE THAT IS DATED MORE THAN SIX MONTHS AGO AND ONE DATED LESS THAN SIX MONTHS AGO. Proof must show applicant's address (not P.O. Box or in care of a third party) and include the applicant's name.
Examples of acceptable proof of residency are:
lease or deed, or if not available, a letter from a landlord on the landlord's letterhead indicating dates of tenancy and rent payments
postmarked envelope mailed to you at your current address, dated less than six (6) months ago
prior year's income tax return (parents' or parent's tax return, if listed as dependent)
homeowner's or renter's insurance policy
driver's license or automobile registration certificate
automobile insurance policy
cell phone bill
selective service card
Note: If residing with parent, you may bring one of the above proofs that show the permanent, New York City address of the parent/student residence, along with a letter signed by parent and notarized that states the student is now, and has been for a period of one year, living with that parent.
Fill out the AFFADAVIT AND APPLICATION form (reverse side) and have it NOTARIZED. A Notary Public is available at the NY County Clerk's Office, New York State Supreme Court, 60 Centre Street, Room 141B, Mon. – Fri. from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. (Valid photo ID required.) The Comptroller's Office does not notarize.
Present the original, NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT plus the TWO ITEMS to prove residency in person to:
Office of the New York City Comptroller One Centre Street (Municipal Building) Room 1329, Certificate of Residence Desk New York, NY 10007
Open ONLY during these hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Not open on weekends or holidays).