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Certificate of Residence in Onondaga County

WHO is eligible to apply for the Certificate of Residence in Onondaga County?
Onondaga County residents who plan to attend a SUNY/CUNY Community College outside Onondaga County.  The student must be a continuous, permanent resident of New York State for at least one (1) year and have resided in Onondaga County for at least one (1) month within the last six (6) months; based on the first day of the semester they are applying for.

Residents of Onondaga County who plan to attend Onondaga Community College need to prove residency to the college's Student Accounts Office located in the Gordon Student Center.  For more information, please call OCC at (315) 498-2367.

                                                                                                                                                         
WHO is NOT eligible to apply for the Certificate to the Onondaga County Finance Department?
Residents of Onondaga County planning on attending
Onondaga Community College (please contact the college).
• Students living in Onondaga County for the purpose of attending college. Their legal address is that of their parent/guardian

who claims them on their New York income tax return or the student's residence prior to attending college.
• Members of the Armed Services serving here part-time on active duty. Their legal address is their former/permanent address.


WHEN can the Certificate be applied for?
No earlier than 60 days prior to and no later than 30 days after the start of the semester they are applying for. This must be applied for upon the start of every school year and is valid for one year from the date of issuance.  Students not sending proper documentation or not applying on a timely basis, will be responsible for the non-resident tuition rate. 

WHERE does one apply for a Certificate of Residence?                               
By Mail:   Onondaga County Finance Department               In Person:    Monday through Friday; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
               John H. Mulroy Civic Center -15th Floor                                 
Phone: (315) 435-2426 / Fax: (315) 435-2421
 
              421 Montgomery Street                                                        * Notarized applications cannot be faxed.
               Syracuse, New York 13202
 

              

WHAT documents are needed?

1. A completed Application Form.  You can also obtain one in person from your college or in our office.

THE APPLICATION MUST BE NOTARIZED if it is sent by mail or if it is brought in by someone other than the student. If the student is applying in person, we can notarize the form with valid, government-issued ID (ex. NY State License, Passport).  Relatives cannot notarize this document.

2. Documentary proof of residence for the past 1 year and current mail dated within 30 days.
     

Documentation Requirements

 

  • Student’s Full Name.  
  • Physical Address within Onondaga County. PO Boxes are not considered residences.
  • Dated back one year or more for proof of New York State residency (1) and within the last month for proof of Onondaga County residency (2).  See above.
  • PrintedHand-written forms, mail, and/or personal affidavits cannot be accepted.


A minimum of two forms of supporting documentation is required to accompany the original, notarized form. 

One (1) document must be dated at least a year prior to the application date or the start of the semester (whichever date is earier) placing the student in New York State and a second (2) document dated within the month prior to the application date placing the student in Onondaga County.  If the student has moved in the last year, proof of each address is required.

Acceptable Documentation


REQUIRED - Valid, Government-Issued Identification

Documents that may be used for BOTH Notary Public/Commissioner of Deeds identification purposes

AND possible proof of your current address: 

  • New York State Driver’s License, Learner’s Permit, or ID Card
  • Onondaga County Sheriff’s ID

Documents that may ONLY be used for Notary Public/Commissioner of Deeds identification purposes.

These documents cannot be used for proof of your current address:

 

  • Passport
  • Military ID
  • Permanent Resident Card
SUPPLEMENTARY - Choose two that fulfill the above requirements

 

  • Parents’ Income Tax Return claiming Student prepared by a tax accountant
  • Student’s Income Tax return prepared by a tax accountant
  • Payroll Stub or W-2
  • Bank Statement
  • Utility Bill (ex. National Grid, Time Warner, AT&T, OCWA)
  • Medical Bill
  • High School Transcript or Report Card (if recently graduated)
  • Mortgage Information or Rental/Lease Agreement
  • Town/County, School, and/or Village Property Tax Bill
  • Car Registration or Insurance Card
  • Voter’s Registration Card or printout from Board of Elections


WHY should a Certificate of Residence be completed?
Failure to submit a Certificate of Residence to the college may result in delayed registration and/or may cause the student to be charged the higher, Out-of-State (Non-Resident) tuition rate. The student is responsible for the timely completion of the application and submission to the County.
This document of residency provides proof to the college (in person or on-line) that the student resides within New York State, thereby charging the student the lower, In-State (Resident) tuition rate. When residency has been proven in Onondaga County for the past 6 months, the
County will then be charged the difference between the In-State (Resident) tuition and the Out-of-State (Non-Resident) tuition rates.

The Education Law pertaining to the Certificate of Residence:
You can view Education Law Article 126. The Section pertaining to Resident status is  Section 6301 and the Section pertaining to Non-Resident [Out-of-County] and Out-of-State Students is Section 6305.


 
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