Residency


Classification as a resident for tuition purposes is determined by Missouri law. The initial classification is made at the time of admission or first-time enrollment.

Students are classified according to the location of their true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation, or the domicile where they intend to remain and to which they expect to return.

In-District” students are those whose permanent home is within boundaries of the North Central Missouri College district.

Missouri Resident” students are those whose permanent home is not within the boundaries of the NCMC district, but is within the state of Missouri.

Out-of-State” students are those whose permanent home is located outside the state of Missouri.

The determination of residency status is initially made in the Admissions Office. Status may change when a student is known to move from the district. A student may challenge residency status by presenting sufficient proof, as defined by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, to the Registrar’s Office before the end of the published add/drop period for the semester for which fees will be affected. Change of residency status is not retroactive and will affect only future terms. A dependent student’s residency will remain the same as the custodial parent or guardian. IRS code and definitions will be used to determine dependency.

See the Registrar’s Office for complete details on resident qualifications.

Under the Veteran Access, Choice and Affordability Act of 2014, the following individuals shall be charged the in-state/in-district rate, or otherwise considered a resident, for tuition purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in the State of Missouri while attending a school located in the State of Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the State of Missouri while attending a school located in the State of Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b) (9)) who lives in the State of Missouri while attending a school located in the State of Missouri (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge or death described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office for information on qualifications for VA benefits.

Any student who willfully gives wrong or misleading information to avoid paying appropriate tuition and fees is subject to legal and disciplinary action.