How to Determine Residence Status
The following statement reflects the College's policy on residence as
set down by The Community College of Baltimore County in conformance
with the Maryland Higher Education Commission General Regulations.
A student must reside in Baltimore County to be eligible for county
tuition rates or in the State of Maryland, outside of Baltimore County,
to be eligible for state tuition rates.
A student is a Maryland or County resident if he/she has maintained
his/her legal domicile there for a period of not less than three months
prior to the beginning of a semester.
Domicile as used in this regulation is defined as a person' s permanent
place of abode, where physical presence and possessions are maintained
and where he/she intends to remain indefinitely. The domicile of a
person who received more than one-half of his/her financial support from
others in the most recently completed year is the domicile of the person
contributing the greatest portion of support, without regard to whether
the parties are related by blood or marriage. A student who is under 18
years of age must claim his/her residence as that of his/her parents or
Students are required to sign a statement verifying their residency
claims. When residence is questioned, the burden of proof of domicile is
upon the student who must provide documentation which substantiates
his/her claim. Examples of such documentation are given below:
Valid mortgage statement or lease agreement showing ownership or
rental of local living quarters (notarized letters are not acceptable
neither are mortgages representing investment properties).
Registration to vote in the state of Maryland or Baltimore County, for
in-state and in-county residence, respectively.
Possession of a valid Maryland driver's license with a local address
specified (proof of address change may be required).
Motor vehicle registration showing the local state or county address.
Proof of payment of Maryland State or local piggyback income taxes and
all income earned including all income earned outside the state (for
instate residency claims).
Any international student whose residence status is unclear may contact
the international student adviser in the Counseling Center.
Students holding the following categories of Non-immigrant Visas may not
establish domicile: B, C, D, F, H-2, 3, 4, J, M, O-2, 3, P and Q.
Holders of the mentioned visas do not qualify for instate tuition. For
exceptions in these categories only, see the International Student