In accordance with College of DuPage’s Board Policy 5.03 and Administrative Procedure 20-45; and guidelines for residency, students who live within Community College District 502 for at least 30 days immediately prior to the start of the semester, are classified as residents of the College of DuPage district and charged the in-district tuition rate. Students who lived outside Community College District 502 that have changed their residency to an in-district address must provide proof to receive the in-district tuition rate.
Proof of Residency
One document must be provided from the list below to change residency from out-of-district or out-of-state to in-district. The document must be dated within the last 30 days prior to the term start and include the student’s name and address on each original form. The item of proof must demonstrate that the student lived in an in-district address for at least 30 days leading up to the beginning of the start of the 16-week session. Residency adjustments will not be considered for the current term after the Last Day to Add a Course with Instructor Permit for the 16-week sessions (see the Enrollment Calendar for current dates). Students who obtain residence in District 502 for reasons other than attending College of DuPage are exempt from the thirty (30) day requirement if they provide documentation of a verifiable interest in establishing permanent residency.
Proof of In-District Address**
- Valid Driver’s License, State ID or TVDL (Temporary Visitor Driver’s License)
- Current lease (signed by both lessee and lessor with contact phone number for verification) along with a copy of cancelled check used for rent payment.
- Real Estate Closing Package.
- *Bank or Credit Card Statement.
- *Utility Bills (electric, water, refuse, telephone land/cell, cable or gas).
- *Current Insurance Policy.
- *Insurance Billing Statement (Medical, Auto or Home).
- Current Vehicle Registration Card
- Current Property Tax Bill
- Paycheck stub.
*Students may submit an official online printout of these documents as long as they are printed directly from the institution’s website. The printout must not be redacted and include ALL pages.
** The item of proof must demonstrate that the student lived in an in-district address for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the start of the 16-week session.
Submit documentation in person to the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2221, or via email to email@example.com from their @dupage email address.
Students are classified as out-of-district if their home is within the state of Illinois but outside the College of DuPage district. Students are charged tuition according to the out-of-district tuition rate.
Students are classified as out-of-state if they have not occupied a dwelling within the State of Illinois for at least thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the term are classified as out-of-state and are charged tuition according to the out-of-state tuition rate.
Students whose permanent residence is outside the United States and who wish to attend College of DuPage while on a student visa, other visa, or visa waiver program that permits them to attend college while in the United States, are classified as international residents. Students are charged tuition according to the out-of-state tuition rate.
Residents of District 502 Border Communities
Only a portion of the following communities are located within College of DuPage/Community College District 502:
- Carol Stream
- Elk Grove Village
- Hanover Park
- West Chicago
- Willow Springs
Upon applying to College of DuPage, students residing in these communities will be marked as out-of-district and charged tuition according to the out-of-district tuition rate.
To find out whether you reside in district, contact Student Registration Services (SSC), Room 2221, (630) 942-2377. If it is determined that your address is within district lines, your status will be changed to in district and your account will be rebilled to the in-district rate.
Special Residency Classifications
Employed Full-Time (35+ Hours) In-District
Students whose legal residence is outside Community College District 502, but are employed for a minimum of 35 scheduled hours per week within District 502, may be entitled to receive the in-district tuition rate. Tuition adjustments will not be considered after mid-term (Enrollment Calendar).
To be considered for the work in district residency classification, a student must provide the two documents each semester requesting in-district tuition:
- A letter from the employer located within District 502.
The letter must:
Be produced on official company letterhead. Include the company name, in-district address, email address and phone number (phone number will be used to verbally verify employment).
Include the student's name, address and College of DuPage student ID number.
Include a start date with the company (Note: student must have begun working on or before the start of the academic term).
Include a statement indicating that the student is a full-time employee working a minimum of 35 regular scheduled hours per week, signed and dated by a supervisor, owner, or human resources representative of the company.
- A copy of a recent pay stub or earnings statement issued by the company to the student and dated within 30 days.
Students can submit the letter and pay stub in person, by email, through mail, or via fax to the Office of Student Registration Services (see Contact Information below) during the term of request (will not be considered after midterm). The final determination on residency status will be made by the Office of Student Registration Services.
Office of Student Registration Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2221
Phone: (630) 942-2377
- Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Student Help Desk: (630) 942-2999
Individuals who need language assistance, call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.