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Residency and Expenses

Residency and Expenses

A student’s residency status determines the amount of his or her tuition and fees. Students maintaining a permanent domicile in New Jersey for at least 12 months and permanent domicile in Middlesex County for at least 30 days immediately prior to the first day of classes are defined as Middlesex County residents and are entitled to the in-county tuition rate.

Independent students are those who:

  1. is 24 years of age or older by December 31 of the award year.
  2. is an orphan or ward of the court or was a ward of the court until the individual reached the age of 18.
  3. is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.
  4. is a married individual.
  5. has legal dependents other than a spouse and provides 50% and more of financial support.

You are a dependent if you don’t meet these requirements. Typically the FAFSA determines you are a dependent if you receive half of your income from your parents. Even if you file as an independent on your taxes, you might not be considered as one for financial aid purposes.

The following documents may be submitted to the Office of the Registrar to verify permanent residency in the county.

Evidence of Residency

1. Sign and submit the Middlesex County College Residency Documentation Form (available from the website and from the Registrar’s Office); stating his or her residence.

2. Two of the following documents:

  1. Original current lease or deed
  2. Recent property tax bill
  3. Current utility bill
  4. Current credit card statement
  5. A signed Voter Registration Certificate
  6. Valid New Jersey motor vehicle license or registration.
  7. Two pieces of current business mail sent from an address other than the College to the student at the Middlesex County residential address
  8. Where none of the verifying documents listed in (a) through (g) are available, a notarized affidavit shall set forth the place and commencement date of permanent residence, relationship to the owner of the property, and the term of any lease.

3. A student under 24 years old, claiming himself or herself for tax purposes, and not living with his or her parents or guardian must submit:

  1. A copy of his or her most recent New Jersey income tax form.
  2. A copy of his or her parent’s/guardian’s most recent New Jersey income tax form.



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