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Verification of Residency

Verification of Residency

Verification of Residency

Students are required by law to verify residency prior to registration. Your tuition rate is based on your residence classification.

Verification Methods:
Admission to KVCC
Residence information provided on the application is verified for every student at the time of admission.

Address Changes
Students must notify KVCC in writing when they move by completing a Personal Information Update Form.  Proof of your new address must accompany the address change.   

Status Qualification (no change in address)
Students who began attending Kalamazoo Valley under one residence classification and have now met the residence time frame to qualify for a different classification, need to bring proof of their residence to the Admissions, Registration and Records office to request a status change.

Example: Student moved to Kalamazoo from an out-of-state or out-of-district location immediately before attending so did not qualify yet for the in-district rate. Prior to the start of the next semester, student has lived in-district long enough to qualify for the lower tuition rate. This student must present approved documentation to the Admissions, Registration and Records office prior to the start of that semester to request a change in status.

Approved Documentation
To verify residency, you will be required to show a valid driver's license, voter registration card, or State of Michigan ID carrying the address to be used for registration and college records.

Veterans and their dependents using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty Program), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 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) who have recently moved to Michigan will immediately qualify for appropriate in-state tuition rates by presenting their certificate of eligibility for education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the Admission, Registration and Records office.

Veterans and their dependents who are not using education benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will not gain or lose in-state residence by reason of being employed in the service of the United States or of this state. Non-Michigan residents will need to reside within Michigan for six months before qualifying for in-state tuition rates. To retain in-state rates, Michigan residents who have been stationed outside of Michigan for more than six months will need to provide documentation that they entered the service as a Michigan resident and have been stationed elsewhere. Dependents must also provide proof of their relationship to the service member.

Long term residents who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may provide proof of status from USCIS to the Admissions, Registration and Records Office to qualify for an in-state tuition rate.

Deadline for establishing residence for a semester:
Residence status will be established on the last business day before a semester begins. Once you have registered and the semester starts, no change in your residency or tuition rate can be made until subsequent semesters.

Residency classifications:
State of Michigan Resident
You must legally reside in Michigan for a period of 6 consecutive months to qualify for the In-District or Out-of-District tuition rates.  In-district registration also requires documentable residency of a minimum of 30 days in one of the following public school districts: Climax-Scotts, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Kalamazoo, Mattawan, Parchment, Portage, Schoolcraft or Vicksburg.

Out-of-State or International Status
The Out-of-State status pertains to students who do not meet the requirements for a State of Michigan Resident.  International students are classified as non-residents unless they immigrate and become permanent residents of the state of Michigan.  Kalamazoo Valley Community College may not verify an international student as a resident if they hold a visa classification.

Residency Holds:
If you do not provide approved documentation to verify your residence when you apply to the College or change addresses, a hold will be placed on your record.  Holds are also applied when your mail is returned to KVCC due to an incorrect address.

Residence verification holds will prevent you from registering and paying for classes.  You will also be unable to obtain your grades until the hold is removed upon verification of your current address.