The state of Illinois requires KCC to verify students' district residency status and charge tuition appropriately. The Illinois Community College Board ZIP code district locator will identify your community college.
Determining residency status
Residency status can be determined by where you live, go to high school, work or own property.
To be classified as a resident of the district based on where you live, you must:
- live in a home within the district for 30 days immediately prior to the beginning of the semester
- provide a photo ID
- provide a driver's license, voters registration card, rental contract, or other document verifying residency
You may be exempted from the 30-day requirement if you have moved from outside the district and can verify that you established a permanent residence without the primary intent of attending a community college.
Residents of a contiguous community college district whose "home" high school, due to consolidation of high school districts, is within KCC's district will be considered in-district residents for purposes of tuition assessment and admission to programs. A high school transcript is used to verify residency.
If you do not reside in District 520 but work at least 35 hours or more a week within the district, you are eligible for in-district tuition. You must provide proof of employment by submitting a signed affidavit from your in-district employer on company letterhead stating you are employed for 35 hours or more per week.
If you own property within the district, you will be assessed in-district tuition if acceptable documentation is provided.
If you take exception to the residency status assigned and/or tuition assessed, you must pay the tuition assessed but may file a claim in writing to the Office of Admissions and Registration for a reconsideration of residency status and/or an adjustment of the tuition assessed. For purposes of admission, the written claim must be filed 20 calendar days from the start of the term/semester.
For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions and Registration at 815-802-8520.