Residency Requirements

According to regulations of the State of New Jersey (N.J.A.C.9A:5), tuition charges are determined by the student’s permanent place of residency, or domicile (home). A residence established solely for the purpose of attending a particular college cannot be defined as a person’s true, permanent domicile.

To be considered a resident of the state, a student must have resided in New Jersey for one year before enrolling at a public college in this state. To be considered a resident of Bergen County, a student must be a state resident as defined above, and must show proof of having a permanent residence in the county. The Office of Admissions and Registration of Bergen Community College must make a determination of the residency status of students, and as such, reserves the right to require students to show proof of residency prior to enrolling.

When Do You Prove Residency?

Residency should be proven at registration or prior to the start of the semester/session. If residency is not proven, students will be charged at the out-of-county or out-of-state rate. Once the semester/session has begun, proof of residency can be submitted for the subsequent semester/session. Tuition charges will not be adjusted for the current or previous semesters/sessions.

How Do You Prove Residency?

U.S. Citizens or permanent residents should submit to the Office of Registration one of the following in the student’s name:

  • A copy of a valid Driver’s License/Permit
  • A recent Tax, Water or Utility Bill
  • A copy of a current Lease or Deed
  • NJ - DMV non-Driver id;


If an independent student: A copy of the most current and previous year’s New Jersey 1040 Income Tax form.


If a dependent student: A copy of the parents’ or legal guardian’s current and previous year’s New Jersey 1040 Income Tax form.

All students on non-immigrant visas are charged at a non-immigrant visa rate, which is equivalent to the out-of-county rate. All students will be asked to submit evidence of residency.

Online applicants who cannot bring required proof in person may FAX a copy of required documents to the Registration Office. The fax number is (201) 670-7973. Name, address, telephone number and student’s college ID number should be included on all faxes. The College reserves the right to request to see original documents.


Out-of-county residents who are enrolled in a program or course not offered by their home county community college may pay in-county rates if they present a completed out-of-county charge-back form with their tuition payment. The forms and instructions for a chargeback are available at the Admissions and Registration Office (Room A-128), on the College’s main campus in Paramus. Depending upon home county requirements, a new chargeback will be needed for each academic year, or in some cases, for each semester.

F-1 Student Fee

This is a one-time fee paid by F-1 visa holders and those changing to F-1 visa status upon initial registration for the Fall and Spring semesters. This fee will enable the College to meet U.S. government requirements surrounding F-1 visa regulations and will enhance the services that are offered by the International Student Center. This fee does not apply to F-1 Visiting Students and these fees are non-refundable.