For the purpose of assessing tuition and fees, each student shall be classified as a "Massachusetts resident" or a "Non-Massachusetts resident". At Holyoke Community College, a person shall be classified as a Massachusetts resident if he or she (or the parent of an unemancipated student) shall have resided in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for purposes other than attending an educational institution for six months immediately preceding the student's entry or reentry as a student. A person having his or her residency elsewhere than in Massachusetts shall not be eligible for classification as a Massachusetts resident for tuition purposes, and will be classified as a non-Massachusetts resident.
Each case will be decided on the basis of all facts submitted with qualitative rather than quantitative emphasis. A number of factors are required for residency to determine the intention of the person to maintain permanent residence in Massachusetts. No single indicium is decisive. The burden of proof rests on the student seeking classification as a Massachusetts resident. The following shall be indicia of residence for tuition purposes:
- For unemancipated persons, the residency of parents, having custody, within Massachusetts;
- Certified copies of federal and state income tax returns;
- Permanent employment in a position not normally filled by a student;
- Reliance on Massachusetts sources for financial support;
- Possession of a Massachusetts high school diploma;
- Continuous physical presence in Massachusetts during periods when not an enrolled student;
- Military home of record; and
- All other material of whatever kind or source which may have a bearing on determining residency.
Eligibility: the following individuals shall be eligible for in-state tuition:
- Any person who is registered at an institution as a Massachusetts resident shall be eligible for continued classification as a Massachusetts resident for tuition purposes (until attainment of the degree for which he or she is enrolled) during continuous attendance at the institution.
- The spouse of any person who is classified or is eligible for classification as a Massachusetts resident is likewise eligible for classification as a Massachusetts resident. This provision will not apply in the case of a spouse in the United States on a non-immigrant visa.
- A person who is a lawful immigrant or permanent resident of the United States (or is eligible to apply and has applied for such status) is eligible to be considered for Massachusetts residency for tuition purposes, provided that he/she meets the same requirements for establishing residency in Massachusetts as are required of a United States citizen. Non-citizens who are in (or who are eligible to apply and who have applied for) refugee/asylum status are likewise eligible to be considered for Massachusetts residency for tuition purposes, provided that they meet the same requirements for establishing residency in Massachusetts as are required of a United States citizen. All non-citizens must provide appropriate United States Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation to verify their status.
- Those students whose higher education pursuits are funded by the Department of Institutional Assistance, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, or any of the other Commonwealth of Massachusetts public assistance programs.
- A member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is stationed in Massachusetts on active duty pursuant to military orders, his or her spouse and dependent children. A person does not gain or lose in-state status solely by reason of his or her presence in any state or country while a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
- Full-time faculty, professional staff, and classified staff employees of the public higher education system and their spouses and dependent students.
For more information, including definitions, appeal process and reclassification procedures, please see the Massachusetts In-State College Residency Tuition Policy offered by the Board of Higher Education at www.mass.edu/forstufam/admissions/residencypolicy.asp.
New England Regional Student Program Status (NERSP)
Students who reside in a New England state other than Massachusetts may qualify for tuition classification status through the New England Regional Student Program. Students meet the same residency requirements for tuition purposes (reside in New England state for 6 months for purposes other than attending an educational institution immediately prior to enrolling as a student)and be enrolled in an approved degree or certificate program. For more information on the New England Regional Student Program, including eligible programs of study, see www.nebhe.org/programs-overview/rsp-tuition-break/overview/.
Change in Residency Status
A student may at any time request the institution to reclassify him or her as a Massachusetts resident, if the factual basis for his or her classification as a non-resident or NERSP has changed. To do so, the student shall submit a "Change of Residency" form: www.hcc.edu/admission/paying-for-college/tuition-and-fees/residency-status to the Admissions Office for its review and final classification as a resident or non-resident student.