STUDENT RESIDENCY CLASSIFICATION
Residency requirements have been established for the purpose of assessing tuition and related fees.
The requirements are set forth as follows:
RESIDENCE (DOMICILE) shall mean a person’s true, fixed and permanent home, to which a person intends to return.
Residency status is separate from dependency status and is only used to determine the assessment of tuition and related fees.
Students moving to Pennsylvania from outside the state must reside in Pennsylvania for one year before becoming eligible for in-state tuition. A residence (domicile) established for the purpose of attending an educational institution or qualifying for resident status for tuition purposes shall not of itself constitute residence. Exceptions may be made for students moving to Pennsylvania/Allegheny County if they can demonstrate an intent to remain in Pennsylvania/Allegheny County for purposes other than attending school. Exception may include a move for full-time employment, which will require a written statement from the student’s or spouse’s employer (or the parent’s employer if the student is a dependent).
Students must prove changes in status by presenting appropriate documentation as listed on the Residency Appeal Form.
All documentation for proof of residency must be submitted along with the Residency Appeal Form to the Director of Registration BEFORE the end of the drop/add period for the first class in which the student is registered.
Students who are not United States citizens and are attending college under visas specific to educational pursuit are not considered to be domiciled in Pennsylvania, but they may appeal this status by presenting clear and convincing evidence of a change in status.
A United States government employee who was a resident of Pennsylvania immediately preceding entry into government service and who has continuously maintained Pennsylvania as his or her declared legal residency shall be presumed to be a Pennsylvania resident.
CCAC provides in-state, in-county tuition rates to all military member/veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents. Students who are out of state who wish to claim in-state, in-county status via military, veteran or dependent status must verify their affiliation with U.S. Armed Services with the CCAC Military and Veterans Services office. Verification must be received BEFORE the end of the drop/add period of the student’s first class of the semester to be eligible for in-county tuition for that semester.
Residency status cannot be changed after the first class session or for previously completed semesters except in the clear case of college error.
The Community College of Allegheny County’s student residency and tuition rates adhere to the Pennsylvania State Code Chapter 35 for Community Colleges and the Veteran Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”).
The College reserves the right to request additional information about a student’s residency at any time if there is reason to suspect the student’s address is incorrect. Any fraudulent statements or records concerning residency may result in additional tuition charges and disciplinary action.
If a student is not satisfied with the decision made by the Community College of Allegheny County, they may submit a written appeal to the Office of the Secretary of Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. The decision made by the Secretary is final.
Residency status cannot be changed after the end of the drop/add period for the first class in which the student is registered, except in the clear case of college error.