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Residency Policy

LMC Revised Date

Office of Origin: Student Services
Date Adopted: 07-01-91
Date Reviewed: 09-20-16
Last Date Modified & Approved: 09-27-16

Policy Statement:

A student's residency for tuition purposes is determined from information provided on the Application for Admission. Such status, as defined below, may be reconsidered upon presentation of written proof that the student's residency has changed. The College has the right to verify a student's residency.

A. In-District Student

A citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States who is:

  • a legal resident within the Lake Michigan College district (Berrien County, [including the Niles zip code 49120], the South Haven Public School District or Covert Township in Van Buren County).

  • Any individual eligible for educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty Program), Chapter 33 (Post-0/11 GI Bill), of title 38, United States Code, and/or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C § 3311(b)(9)) while attending Lake Michigan College (regardless of his/her formal state of residence).

B. Out-of-District Student

A citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States who is:

  • A student who does not qualify as an In-District student as defined above is classified as an Out-of-District student.

C. International Student

A student who is not a United States citizen is classified as an International student. Documented International students must provide documentation of status.

  • A documented International student may qualify for residency status classification change,
    according to the definitions of residency above, if:

1. The student holds a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card (Permanent Resident Card), a valid Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) card, or political asylum status.

2. A student owns, or is a legal dependent whose parents or legal guardians own, property
within the United States.

  • An undocumented International student may qualify for residency status classification change,
    according to the definitions of residency above, if:
  1. The student owns, or is a legal dependent whose parents or legal guardians own, property within the United States; or
  2. The student has been living in the United States for a minimum of one (1) year immediately prior to the first day of the semester in which the student intends to register; and
  3. The student had graduated from a high school in the United States or has a United States GED. The student must provide any documentation as outlined above prior to the first day of the semester in which he or she intends to register.

D. 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.

E. Change of Status

A student who is classified as an Out-of-District or International student is eligible for review of residency status if proof of residency, as outlined below and in Section C of this policy, is submitted prior to the first day of the semester in which the student is registered or intends to register. Any status updates requested after the semester begins will be reviewed for subsequent semesters. It is the student’s responsibility prior to registration to inform the Registrar’s Office of any change in residence or status that would affect his/her classification as a resident.

F. Documentation

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: student’s current residency address and one or more of the following documents confirming that address as the legal home of residence:

  • Valid State Driver’s License in student’s name

  • Valid State ID Card in student’s name

  • Valid motor vehicle registration in student’s name (car insurance and car title are not acceptable)

  • Voter Registration Card

  • Military ID Card

  • Tribal Card with Address

  • Lease, Mortgage, or Rental Agreement

  • Property Tax Statement (must be place of residence or property)

  • Utility Bill

  • Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance Policy

  • Notarized statement verifying residency signed by parent(s) if student still in high school, accompanied by parent’s proof of residency or by current high school record (e.g., high school transcript or current report card in student’s name and address).

G. Dependents

If your parents/legal guardian are property owners and you are claimed as a dependent on their Federal Income Tax return for the last calendar year, the following documents are required: Current Property Tax Bill – and - Copy of parents’/legal guardian’s Federal Income Tax return for the last calendar year showing they claimed you.

H. Senior Citizen

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:

  • The student must be at least 60 years of age prior to the first day of the semester in which the student is registered.

  • Registration fees and special fees (if any) for courses selected must be paid by the student. All regular registration procedures must be followed.

I. Discretion to Adjunct

Discretion in adjusting individual cases within the spirit and intent of these regulations is vested with the Board of Trustees or their designee.

Responsibility: Vice President, Student Services

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