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Student Residency Verification Process


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Prairie State College requires all credit students to certify their permanent residency, which is used to determine the applicable tuition rate.* In order to be classified as a resident, students must reside in the district for at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

Students who move from outside the district and who obtain residency in Prairie State College's district for reasons other than attending the College, shall be exempt from the 30 day requirement if they demonstrate, through documentation, a verifiable interest in establishing permanent residency.**

If the College receives returned mail from the postal service that reflects an undeliverable status or one which would impact the tuition rate, the student will be required to provide two documents to verify their residency. The following are acceptable forms of documentation used to verify a student's residency status:

  • Valid driver's license or state identification card
  • Voters registration card
  • Current apartment lease/property tax bill
  • Mail delivered to the residential address with a postmark date no older than four weeks
  • Current utility bill
  • Mail delivered to the residential address with a postmark date no older than four weeks

Please note that all proof of residency documents must reflect the student's first and last name and the student's current residential address. Registration activity may be restricted until proof of residency is received by the College. Additional forms of verification may be required if questions continue to arise regarding a student's residency status.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (708) 709-3516.

* To use a PO Box mailing address, proof of residency must also be provided.

** Additional documentation not reflected above may be required when outlining a verifiable interest in establishing a permanent residency within the district.

District 515 Cities

  • Beecher
  • Chicago Heights
  • Country Club Hills¹
  • Crete
  • Flossmoor
  • Ford Heights
  • Glenwood
  • Hazel Crest¹
  • Homewood
  • Lynwood¹
  • Matteson
  • Monee1
  • Olympia Fields
  • Park Forest
  • Richton Park
  • Sauk Village
  • South Chicago Heights
  • Steger
  • Tinley Park¹
  • University Park

¹Portions of these communities are not in District 515. Please contact Enrollment Services for further information. Please note: Some people with addresses in Grant Park and Peotone are also district residents.

District 515 Public High Schools

  • Beecher High School District 200U
  • Bloom High School District 206
  • Bloom Trail High School District 206
  • Crete-Monee High School District201-U
  • Homewood-Flossmoor High School
    District 233 Rich Township High School
    District 227

ICCB Residency Process


Applicability Proof:
This means the college's processes, in accordance with Section 2-16.02 of the Act, for verifying to ICCB the residency status of its students as part of the proof that its credit hours are eligible to receive ICCB grants. The process shall include the methods for verifying residency as defined in the general provisions, special State provisions, and district provisions of this Section. A district shall file descriptions of any revisions to its process with ICCB before their implementation.

Residency:
"General Provisions". The following provisions apply both to State and district residency definitions:

  • To be classified as a resident of the State of Illinois or of the community college district, a student shall have occupied a dwelling within the State or district for at least 30 days immediately before the date established by the district for classes to begin.
  • The district shall maintain documentation verifying State or district residency of students.
  • Students occupying a dwelling in the State or district who fail to meet the 30-day residency requirement may not become residents simply by attending classes at a community college for 30 days or more.
  • Students who move from outside the State or district and who obtain residence in the State or district for reasons other than attending the community college shall be exempt from the 30-day requirement if they demonstrate through documentation a verifiable interest in establishing permanent residency.
  • Students who are currently under the legal guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services or have been recently emancipated from the Department and had a placement change into a new community college district shall be exempt from the 30-day requirement if they demonstrate proof of current in-district residency. Documentation of current residency may be submitted to the district from the student, a caseworker or other personnel of the Department, or the student's attorney or guardian ad litem.

District Provisions:

  • federal job corps workers stationed in the district;
  • inmates of State or federal correctional/rehabilitation institutions located in the district;
  • full-time students attending a postsecondary educational institution in the district who have not demonstrated through documentation a verifiable interest in establishing permanent residency; or
  • students attending under a chargeback or contractual agreement with another community college.

Special State Provisions:

Students shall be classified as residents of the State without meeting the general 30-day residency provision if they are:

  • federal job corps workers stationed in Illinois;
  • members of the armed services stationed in Illinois;
  • inmates of State correctional/rehabilitation institutions located in Illinois; or
  • employed full time in Illinois.

In addition, 110 ILCS 805/6-4a has been revised. Please see the link below for revisions.
110 ILCS 805/6-4a.