Certificate of Residency
In order to have Saratoga County
participate in the cost of his or her community college
education, a student must obtain a Certificate of
Residence and submit it to the college. Military
personnel on active duty are entitled to the lower
"Resident" rate directly from the college; they do not
need a Certificate of Residency.
You must apply for your certificate no
later than the start of classes and no sooner than 60
days prior to the start of classes. Certificates remain
valid for semesters that begin within one year from the
date of issue.
To be eligible for a Certificate of
Residency you must be
a) a continuous resident of New
York State for one year immediately preceding your date
of application, and
b) a resident of Saratoga County
for at least one month within the six months immediately
preceding the date of your application.
If you have not been a resident of
Saratoga County for that entire six month period, you
will have to obtain a Certificate from each county in
which you have resided in the past six months.
Elements of Acceptable Proof:
1. Each document must be dated and
include your name and street address. Documents with a
post office box will not suffice.
2. At a minimum, two proofs are
required: one more than a year old and one less than a
3. Each residence on your application
must be documented.
4. Non-citizens are required to
document their resident status.
5. No claim of residency will be
accepted solely on your testimony or that of your
parents, relatives, friends or other individuals.
6. The standard of proof will not be
compromised because you have left yourself insufficient
time to obtain acceptable proof.
Examples of Acceptable Proof:
• Driver's license, car registration,
• Transcripts or report cards
• Bank statements, utility bills
• Medical records, prescriptions
• Formal lease or letter (on
letterhead) from your landlord indicating dates of
• Dated mail or postmarked envelopes
• Income tax return with preprinted
If you were born outside the United