What is a Certificate of Residence? Why do I need one?
If you are a Suffolk County resident and are attending a community college that is not located in Suffolk County, you may apply for a certificate of residence. Once you receive the certificate of residence from Suffolk County, you must submit it to the college you are attending. The certificate of residence will enable the college to charge you resident tuition. Without the certificate of residence, you will be charged the non-resident tuition which could be double the amount of residency tuition.
Download the affidavit/application form by clicking on the link below. Attached to the form is an instruction sheet titled Guidelines for Suffolk County Certificate of Residence
. Please read this carefully as it will provide you with the information you need to obtain a certificate of residence. Most questions pertaining to the certificate of residence can be answered by clicking on the “Frequently Asked Questions” link below. Also provided is a checklist for you to verify that your affidavit/application is completed correctly.
Checklist for Obtaining a Certificate of Residence
All sections of the affidavit/application are completed.
Please include your daytime phone number on the affidavit/application.
Make sure the affidavit/application is notarized, and signed by the notary.
Before submitting, please make a copy of the affidavit/application for yourself.
If you are not a United States citizen, please include a copy of the front and back of a valid Permanent Resident Alien card. The card must have been issued at least one year ago.
Two proofs of residency are required:
New York State Residency proof: dated AT LEAST 1 year prior to the date the affidavit/application was notarized but not dated more than two years ago.
Suffolk County Residency proof: dated WITHIN 6 months immediately preceding the date the affidavit/application was notarized.
If you received a Certificate of Residence from Suffolk County for the prior school year, please note this on the affidavit/application.
Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need a certificate of residence (COR)?
A: Because without it, you will be billed as a non-resident which means a higher tuition rate.
Q: Do I need to apply for a new COR for each semester?
A: No. Certificates of residence are valid for one school year beginning with the Fall Semester. All certificates expire on August 31st of each school year.
Q: I attend more than one community college. Do I need to get a COR for each college I attend?
A: Yes. COR’s are school-specific. You will need to obtain one for each school you attend.
Q: Can I get a COR for a class I took last semester?
A: No. Suffolk County will not issue certificates retroactively. The deadline is thirty (30) days after the official start date of the semester.
Q: I have been a New York State resident for at least one (1) year, but I have lived in Suffolk County for less than six (6) months. Do I qualify for a COR?
A: Yes. Your COR will be prorated for the amount of time you have lived in Suffolk County. You must include on your affidavit/application your current and previous addresses and the length of time at each address.
Q: Can I apply for a COR in person?
A: No. Application/affidavits are accepted by mail only.
Q: Where can I get a blank COR affidavit/application form?
A: To download the Certificate of Residence affidavit and guidelines form click here
or you may get one from your school. Most schools will be able to provide you with the Suffolk County version or a similar version of the affidavit/application form; however, we recommend that you download the form provided on the SuffolkCounty website.
If you have additional questions, you may call 631-853-5052 between 9 am & 4 pm, Monday thru Friday.