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 when asked.

Deliberate misrepresentation of an address may result in the student’s registration activity being temporarily suspended and may be subject to the College’s student disciplinary process.

Rates are available on the Bursar’s web page: Tuition and Fees | Bergen Community College

When Do You Prove Residency?

Residency should be provided through the mailing address provided on the Application for Admission.  Students may be required to validate their address at time of registration and/or prior to the start of the semester/session.
If residency is not proven, students may be charged at rate other than in-county and based on the information on record provided by the student.

Once the add/drop period has concluded for a given term, changes to residency may only be submitted for the subsequent semester/session.
Tuition charges will not be adjusted for a term in session if the add/drop period has concluded for that term.
Tuition adjustments for prior terms is not permitted.

Bergen Community College may require proof of residency after a term begins to ensure that the proper address is being used for the following term.
Mail being returned to the College as being undeliverable may require the student to validate their address for proper billing.

How Do You Prove Permanent Residency?

Residents should submit to the One Stop (Office of Registration) two documents:
(1) showing at least one year of residency in the state of New Jersey [Notes: Lease/Deed not accepted] AND
(2) establishing residency in Bergen County.

Acceptable documents include the following:

A- Tax Return [Strongest Proof]

  • If an independent student: A copy of the most current 1040 Income tax form that the student filed.
  • If a dependent student: A copy of the most current parents’ or legal guardian’s 1040 Income Tax form.
    Notes: Student will need to be claimed by their parent/guardian as residing at the address provided on the return.

B- Valid Driver’s License/Permit or NJ – DMV non-Driver identification [Stronger proof];
C- Auto insurance, and/or auto registration [Weaker proof which may require additional proof];
D- Current Lease or Deed [Weaker proof which may require additional proof];

  • D1- Recent Tax, Water or Utility Bill [tied to the Lease/Deed strengthens use of lease/deed as proof]
  • D2- Recent Wireless account statement (Cell/Smartphone )  [tied to the Lease/Deed strengthens use of lease/deed as proof].



  • Recent” is defined as date of document being within five (5) months from the start of the term.
  • Discrepancy” is defined as one document’s address (information) not being aligned with another documentation.

*Notes: Bergen Community College reserves the right to require students to present additional documentation attesting to their residency when a discrepancy is noted.