A student's residency for tuition purposes is determined from information provided on the Application for Admission. Status, as defined below, may be reconsidered upon presentation of written proof that the student's place of residency has changed. The College has the right to verify student's place of residency.
Change of Status
A student who is classified as an In-State student, Out-of-State student, or International student is eligible for review of residency status if proof of residency, as outlined below, is submitted prior to the first day of the semester in which the student is registered. Any status updates requested after the semester begins will be reviewed for subsequent semesters.
The College reserves the right to require documentation acceptable to the College in all cases of residency determination and verification including, but not limited to, the following criteria: a student's current residency address and one or more of the following documents confirming that address as the legal home of residence. Acceptable documentation includes state driver's license, state ID card, military ID card, state voter registration card, tribal card with address, property tax statement, utility bill, or home, or renter's insurance policy.
A citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States who is (1) a student whose legal residence is within the Lake Michigan College district, or (2) a student who owns, or a documented dependent student whose parents or legal guardians own, real taxable property in the Lake Michigan College district of Berrien County, (including the Niles zip code 49120), the South Haven Public School District or Covert Township in Van Buren County, or (3) a student who is a veteran, or a dependent of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, and who qualifies for Veteran's Education Benefits, is classified as an In-district student. In-district status is determined prior to the first day of the semester in which the student is registered.
A citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States who is a student whose legal residence is outside the Lake Michigan College district, but within Michigan, is classified as an In-state student. In-state status is determined prior to the first day of the semester in which the student is registered.
A citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States who is (1) a student with legal residence in a US state other than Michigan, or (2) a student who does not qualify as an In-district student or as an In-state student as defined above, is classified as an Out-of-state student. Out-of-state status is determined prior to the first day of the semester in which the student is registered.
A student, who is (1) not a United States citizen or (2) a student who has been admitted to the United States on a temporary, non-resident status, is classified as an International student. International students should be prepared to document status or property ownership at the time of registration.
An International student may qualify for classification according to the definitions of residency stated above if (1) the student holds a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card (Permanent Resident Card), political asylum status or (2) a student owns, or a documented dependent student whose parents or legal guardians own, property within the United States.
Early College Students
A student participating in Early College courses is defined as a resident as described above. However, during enrollment in an Early College course held at a high school, tuition for that course is based upon the residency of the location of the high school instead of the student's residency.
Senior citizens sixty (60) years of age and over who meet In-District criteria will qualify for tuition-free enrollment in any College credited course subject to the following provisions: (1) Registration fees and special fees (if any) for courses selected must be paid by the individual enrolled and (2) All regular registration procedures will be followed.
Discretion to Adjust
Discretion in adjusting individual cases within the spirit and intent of these regulations is vested with the Board of Trustees or their designee.