FAQ's

Which colleges require a Certificate of Residence?

 Only New York State community colleges  and F.I.T. are eligible for the COR program Click here to see which schools utilize the Certificate of Residence.

Why do I need a Certificate of Residence?

Because without it, you will be billed as an out-of state resident, which means a higher tuition rate (double in some cases) than if you had a COR on file with your school. This allows them to bill your County of Residence to subsidize your tuition.

How do I get a Nassau County Certificate of Residence?

You will need to begin by registering with us online, start your application process by navigating to https://app.nassaucountyny.gov/cor/.  Once you have registered, you can log back in at any time in the future to apply for additional CORs as needed.

Can I register and apply on my smartphone?

Yes.  Once you have generated your affidavit, download it as a pdf file and print it on any available printer.  You will need to have your signature notarized on the form before uploading an image of it to your account.

I do not have the ability to apply electronically using the online application system, can I still submit my application manually?

Yes. Forms can be downloaded here, you can visit our office and pick one up, or you can get one from your school. Note: Only this version of the SUNY B-80 form will be accepted, all other forms will not be processed and immediately returned.

What do I need to provide to obtain a Certificate of Residence?

To obtain a Certificate of Residency you need to provide both a photo id and proof of residence for the student. PLEASE REFER TO THE COR APPLICATION GUIDELINES for more information on exactly what you need.  Depending on whether you are a first time applicant or renewing a prior COR, YOU MAY NEED MORE THAN JUST ONE FORM OF PROOF.

What are considered acceptable forms of photo ID and proof of residence?

Photo ID can be any of the following. Make sure copies are clear:

  • Drivers License or Learners Permit *
  • School Issued Photo ID
  • Passport
  • Leisure Pass
  • Work ID
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization (see FAQ page for eligible categories)
  • Visa (see FAQ page for eligible types)

Proof of residence can be any of the following in the STUDENT'S NAME. Address and date of issue must be visible. Please refer to the COR Guidelines for more info on the dates necessary on your proofs:

  • Bank Statement
  • Drivers License or Learners Permit
  • Utility Bill (cell phone, electric, cable etc.)
  • Credit Card Bill
  • NYS Income Tax Return (current year only. If student does not file then use parent's return with IRS form itemized as a dependent)
  • Anything with New York State letterhead (TAP award paperwork etc.)
  • High School report card or Official Transcript (Report cards good for the date of issue, Official Transcripts prove residency for full attendance periods reflected in transcript.)

What visa types are eligible to apply for resident tuition?

A, E, G, H-1B, H-1C, H-4, I, K, L, N, O, R, S, T, U, V

What Employment Authorization Document categories are eligible to apply for resident tuition?

A3, A5, A10, A12, C9, C24, C33

My school says I need to get a new COR each semester. Is this true?

No. Once activated a certificate is valid for 12-months from the date it is issued.

(For example: if you received a COR on 2-15-10 and attend the 2010 Spring term, it will still be valid for the 2010 Fall term) NASSAU COUNTY WILL NOT ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENCY TO A STUDENT WITH A VALID CERTIFICATE ON FILE UNLESS IT IS WITHIN 60-DAYS OF EXPIRATION.

How do I activate a COR?

Register for class within 60-days of the issue date of the COR, and attend the class. This activates the certificate. If a COR is not used within the sixty-day parameter, the certificate becomes invalid. At this point, a new COR must be obtained for further use. Note: if you fully withdraw from classes this inactivates the COR.

I have a COR for the community college I attend during the day, and I want to take an online course with another college at night. Do I need a to get another COR?

No. But we will need to add your school to your existing COR, contact us if this is the case. If necessary we can send you a copy of your updated COR with the added school.

Can I get a COR for a class I took last semester?

Yes, but you do not need to reapply.  Simply add the school to your profile online, generate a new certificate and then contact us at the office and we will print out and mail you an updated COR with the added school(s).

Does the Certificate of Residency cost anything?

No, its free.

Where can I get a blank COR application form?

Forms can be downloaded here, you can walk in to our office and pick one up, or you can get one from your school. Please request the Nassau County Application from your school, this will help us process your certificate quicker.

If my application is denied for any reason, can I appeal?

Yes, you can write to the Chancellor of Community Colleges to file a Certificate of Residence appeal at the State University of New York, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246.