Oakland Community College
General Information

Residency

Residency status is initially determined at the time of processing the application. Non-U.S. citizens will be assessed the out of state/international tuition until status is proven to qualify for another tuition category. This activity precedes registration. If the status must be changed, this adjustment can be made at any campus Enrollment Services Office with proper documentation.

Students are responsible for maintaining a current mailing address on file with the college.

Tuition Rate Determination

  1. Persons eligible for in-district tuition rates are:
    1. Persons living in the College District at the beginning of the semester for which they register, including;
      1. U.S. citizens; or
      2. In-district property owners, spouses and their dependents, regardless of citizenship or visa status; or
      3. Permanent residents, refugees, asylees, non-immigrants on work visas (E, H, I, L, O, P, Q, R or T status) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  2. Persons eligible for out-of-district tuition rates are:
    1. Persons living in Michigan outside of the College District at the beginning of the semester for which they register, including:
      1. U.S. citizens; or
      2. Out-of-district property owners, spouses and their dependents, regardless of citizenship or visa status; or
      3. Permanent residents, refugees, asylees, Au Pairs, non-immigrants on work visas (E, H, I, L, O, P, Q, R or T status) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  3. Persons eligible for out-of-state/international tuition rates are:
    1. Persons living outside of Michigan, F-1, non-Au Pair J-1, and M students who do not own property in Michigan or undocumented students who do not own property.
  4. Tuition rate categories are set at the time of the processing of the application. However, students may adjust, with appropriate documentation (see Proof of Residency), their status through the FIFTH business day of the current semester. Changes made after that time will be effective the following term.

Proof of Status for Non-U.S. Citizens

To prove eligibility for tuition category placement, non-U.S. citizens must present one of the following, or they will be assessed at the out-of-state/international tuition rate:

  1. Permanent residency card; or
  2. Proof of asylum/refugee status; or
  3. An I-94 card verifying non-immigrant status; or
  4. An I-797 Notice of Action or EAD card with C33 code verifying DACA status.

Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for proving valid documentation of immigration status to Enrollment Services, or they will be assessed the out-of-state/international tuition rate.

If you have questions regarding your immigration status, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at any campus. (Please refer to the Campus Directory.)

Proof of Residency

   It is the responsibility of the student to ensure a correct address is on file with the College at all times. When changing their address, students are required to provide proof of residency for that address. The College reserves the right to require a student to verify residency for the address on file. Failure to maintain a correct address with the College will result in the student being assessed at the highest tuition rate. Paperwork for proof of address and proof of residency must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office at any campus for processing.

   OCC requires the presentation of at least, but not limited to, ONE of the following to verify residency:

  1. Driver's License or Secretary of State Personal Identification Card reflecting the current address of the bearer.
  2. Voter Registration Card reflecting the current address of the holder.
  3. Current property tax receipt for the place of residence.
  4. Current lease agreement for the place of residence.

   Students who own property on which taxes have been paid in the College District or outside the College District who wish to have their tuition assessed based upon the location of the property must provide Enrollment Services with a current property tax statement for the property. Tuition will then be assessed based on the location of the property for the remaining semesters in the academic year. After the Winter Semester has ended, students who wish to continue having their tuition assessed based on the location of the property for the upcoming academic year (which begins with the Fall Semester) must re-prove they still own the property by providing Enrollment Services with the most-recent property tax statement.

   Students who use a Post Office Box (P. O. Box) as their mailing address must provide proof of residency for the address where they currently reside with one of the aforementioned documents to prove residency. Tuition will be assessed based on the residence location, not on the location of the P. O. Box, for the remaining semester in the academic year. After the Winter Semester has ended, students who wish to continue using the P. O. Box for the upcoming academic year (which begins with the Fall Semester) must re-prove residency with one of the aforementioned documents.

   If you have questions regarding your residency status, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at any campus.  (Please refer to the Campus Directory.)