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CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENCY

  • If you are a New York State resident but live outside of Cayuga County, you will need to obtain an application for a Certificate of Residency to ensure your tuition bill does not double.
  • Complete the application and submit it to your County Treasurer’s Office. Your Treasurer’s office will complete the Certificate of Residency paperwork and return the form to you.
  • To make this process easier on students, a Certificate of Residency may now be requested and submitted to the school as early as two months (60 days) prior to a student’s registration date.
  • Students have a MAXIMUM of 30 days from the start of classes to return this completed form to the campus business office.
  • This certificate is valid for one year from the date of issuance and MUST be submitted each academic year.
  • If you are taking credit-bearing courses or certain job training courses, it is required by NYS law that you obtain a Certificate of Residence to receive SUNY In-County tuition rates.
  • Questions can be directed to the Financial Services Office at 315-294-8470 or financialservices@cayuga-cc.edu.

RESIDENT COSTS / CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENCE

You are a Cayuga County resident if you have resided in New York State for one year and in Cayuga County for six months immediately preceding the first day of classes. If Financial Services has questions about your address, further proof of residence may be required. For more information, contact Financial Services at 315-294-8470.

You are an out-of-county New York State resident if you have been a New York State resident for one year and have resided in a county other than Cayuga during the six months immediately preceding the start of classes. Your tuition bill will initially show the double tuition rate. You must obtain a Certificate of Residence and submit it with your payment. The Certificate of Residence must be signed by your County Treasurer. The Certificate of Residence must be dated within 60 days before the student course registration date and 30 days after the start of classes. A certificate obtained for the fall semester is valid through the following spring and summer sessions, provided enrollment is continuous. If you are an out-of-county resident, you must submit a certificate each academic year. The Certificate of Residence MUST be received within 30 days of the beginning of the students first class.

You are an out-of-state resident if you do not fall in either of the two previous categories or are residing in the United States on a student visa (F-1, J-1) or a work visa (B-1, B-2), regardless of the length of time you have resided here.

If you are an out-of-county resident of New York State and you do not submit a current Certificate of Residence, or if you are an out-of-state resident, your tuition will remain at the double rate.

For more information, contact the Financial Services at 315-294-8470 or e-mail financialservices@cayuga-cc.edu.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where can I find a notary?

Notaries can be found in local town offices and at many banks. You may need to make an appointment to complete the process.

I have the money to pay my regular bill but not enough to pay the double tuition. I am having trouble getting a hold of my county, and Nelnet won’t let me pay just a portion of my bill. Nelnet is making me pay the entire amount. What do I do?

Nelnet will allow you to sign up for a payment plan. The first payment of the payment plan will be 50% of your bill, which is half of the double tuition. Signing up for a payment plan will maintain your registration status while you work on completing your certificate of residence with your county.

Please remember that you must obtain your certificate of residency from the county where you live. 91 cannot provide you a certificate. As always, if you are having difficulty with the certificate of residency process, you can contact our Student Financial Services team for guidance. We can be reached at (315) 294-8470.

Residence Status

A Certificate of Residence is required for New York State residents who do not reside in Cayuga County. In the absence of a Certificate, the out-of-state tuition rate is charged. All out-of-state and out-of-country residents are charged double-tuition.

  • You are a Cayuga County resident if you have been a New York State resident for 1 year and have resided in Cayuga County for 6 months immediately prior to the first day of classes.
  • You are an out-of-county resident if you have been a New York State resident for 1 year and resided in a county other than Cayuga. A Certificate of Residence is required from each county in which you have resided during the previous 6 months.
  • You are an out-of-state resident if you do not fall in either of the categories above or are residing in the United States on a student visa (F-1, J-1) or a work visa (B-1, B-2), regardless of the length of time you have resided here.

How To Apply for a Certificate of Residence

The Certificate of Residence is issued by your County Treasurer or Chief Fiscal Officer, not by the College. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the affidavit/application (choose the appropriate link below) and any necessary documentation to the relevant County Office in the time frame required by that county. Your Certificate of Residence must be signed by your County Treasurer and dated within 60 days of the student’s registration date. The College must receive the Certificate of Residence no later than 30 days following the student’s first date of class.

1. Complete the Application for a Certificate of Residence and have it notarized.

Does your county require its own form? If your county or borough is listed below, select the link provided for specific information.

Cortland County Instructional Video
Essex County Instructional Video
Nassau County Instructional Video
Onondaga County  
Oswego County Instructional Video
Rockland County Instructional Video
Ulster County Instructional Video
Wayne County Instructional Video
Westchester County Instructional Video
All NYC boroughs Instructional Video
All other counties: Instructional Video Certificate of Residence Form

2. Submit the notarized Application to your county with 2 of the following documents as proof of residency.*

One of your documents must be dated at least 1 year, but no more than 2 years old, and the other document should be within 30 days of the date of the application:

  • Driver’s license
  • Car registration
  • Apartment lease
  • Income tax return
  • Utility bill
  • Voter registration card
  • TAP award certificate
  • Rent receipts

Please note:

  • Your county may require that proof be in your name only.
  • Some counties may allow you to submit a copy of a parental income tax return listing you as a dependent.
  • New York City and Westchester County require that you appear in person to obtain your Certificate of Residence.

If you have any questions about your county’s requirements, contact your county office.

3. For notarized Application with photocopies of the documents, see your county to obtain the Certificate. Do not send the Application to the College.

4. When you receive the Certificate from your county, mail it to:

Financial Services
91
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY 13021-3099