Monroe County Residency Policies

To receive the Monroe County tuition rate, a student 21 years of age or older must meet all of the following requirements:

Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, H visa holder, or refugee.

Maintain a legal residence* in Monroe County for at least 90 consecutive days prior to start of the semester for which they are applying.

*A legal residence is a student's permanent place of residence and one they have moved into for reasons other than attending college. Students living with Monroe County relatives (other than parents/legal guardians) do not qualify as legal residents.

Provide two proofs of residency dated 90 days before a semester begins from the list below:

  • a PA driver's license or valid PA Dept. of Transportation ID card showing current address
  • apartment lease in your name
  • local real estate tax bill for the current year
  • item mailed to your residence - only bank statement; pay stub; bills from utilities, credit card or phone
  • deed - home ownership is exempt from the 90 day rule

A student under the age of 21 retains the residency of their parents.

Families moving into Monroe County must submit a Change of Information form and show proof of parents' residence with the required documents listed above to the Enrollment Office.

A student under 21 not living with parents may be eligible for Monroe residency rates if he/she proves independence. He/she must submit documentation proving independent status.

The definition of an independent student is one who is 1) a veteran, 2) married, 3) an orphan or ward of the court, 4) has legal dependents for whom he/she provides at least 50% of the support, or is 5) a full time, permanent, benefits eligible employee who pays local or per capita tax in Monroe County.

If proof of one of the above cannot be given, the student maintains parents' residence.

Board Approved: December 1, 2011 Revised Policy (effective Summer I, 2012)