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2022-2023 Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Residency Status for Tuition



Residency determination for tuition purposes is governed by rules and regulations adopted by College of Eastern Idaho Board of Trustees and Idaho Code 33-2110A. For further information, please contact the Registrar in Student Affairs at (208) 524-3000.

Based on information provided by the applicant on their Application for Undergraduate Admission, an initial determination is made concerning the student’s residency status for tuition purposes (e.g., in-state/ out-of-state, in-district/out-of-district). If residency information is missing or incomplete the student status will default to non-resident, and the tuition will default to out-of-state.

In general, a student enrolling into CEI shall not be deemed a resident of the community college district or of a county or of the state of Idaho unless the student established domicile primarily for purposes other than education within said district, county, or the state, for at least twelve months continuously prior to the beginning of the term for which the student enrolls.

Definitions

Armed Forces

Armed Forces means the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; National Guard or Reserve forces from any state other than Idaho are not included.

Continuously Resided

Continuously resided means physical presence in the State of Idaho for twelve (12) consecutive months without being absent from Idaho for more than a total of thirty (30) days during the twelve (12) months. Absence from the State for normal vacations, family travel, work assignments, short-term military training, and similar occasions totaling not more than thirty days during the twelve (12) month qualifying period, in and of itself, will not be regarded as negating the continuous residence of the individual.

Domiciled

Domiciled means an individual’s true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation. It is the place where the student intends to remain and to which he/ she expects to return when he/she leaves the state without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere.

Primarily Educational Purposes

Primarily educational purposes means enrollment in 12 or more credit hours in any term during the past twelve (12) months.

Support

Support means financial support given to the student during the twelve months preceding the opening date of the term for which resident status is requested. Any student who receives 50% or more of his/her support may demonstrate this by showing that he/she is claimed as a dependent by a parent or legal guardian for income tax purposes or that a parent or legal guardian provides 50% or more of the cost of attending an institution according to the CEI Financial Aid Office or that other similar evidence of parental support exists.

Veterans and Covered Individuals

Pursuant to Public Law 117-68 amendments and in compliance with Section 702 & 301 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 requires the Veteran’s Administration to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 31, Veteran Readiness and Employment, Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 35, Dependence and Education Assistance Program, and active duty service members at public institutions of higher learning if the school charges qualifying Veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of the rate for resident students for terms beginning after July 1, 2015.

In support of student Veterans and in order for CEI’s currently eligible programs to remain approved for the VA’s GI Bill® programs, CEI will charge in-state tuition to all non-resident students who can prove to the institution that they meet the eligibility criteria set forth under Section 3679(c) of Title 38, United States codes.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

In-State Residency Requirements

Any student enrolling in one of Idaho’s public institutions may prove classification as an Idaho resident for tuition purposes by meeting the criteria for one of the following options:

  • Any student who has one or more parent(s)/legal guardian(s) who is domiciled in Idaho and provides at least 50% of the student’s financial support. The parent/ guardian must have maintained a bona fide domicile in Idaho for at least 12 months prior to the term in which the student is applying for residency.
  • Any student who receives less than 50% financial support from a parent or legal guardian and who has continuously resided and maintained a bona fide domicile in the state of Idaho primarily for purposes other than education for at least 12 month prior to the term in which the student is applying for residency.
  • Any student who is a graduate from an accredited Idaho high school, is domiciled in Idaho, and who enrolls in an Institution within 8 years immediately following secondary school graduation regardless of the domicile of the student’s parent or guardian.
  • Any student who completed 6 years of elementary and secondary education in Idaho, is domiciled in Idaho, and matriculates at an institution within 8 years following completion of secondary education.
  • Any student who is married to a person who is classified, or eligible for classification, as an Idaho resident for the purpose of attending an Institution, except that a student who was enrolled as a full-time student in any term during the 12 month period before the term in which the student proposes to enroll as a resident student must independently establish domicile.
  • A member of the Armed Forces who entered service as an Idaho resident, has maintained Idaho resident status, but is stationed outside the state of Idaho on military orders.
  • A member of the Armed Forces stationed in Idaho on military orders.
  • An officer or enlisted member of the Idaho National Guard.
  • A person separated, under honorable conditions, from the Armed Forces after at least 2 years of service, who at the time of separation designates the state of Idaho as their domicile, and within 1 year of the date of separation enters an Institution; or listed Idaho as the home of record in service, and within 1 year of the date of separation enters an Institution; or moves to Idaho for the purpose of establishing domicile; provided however, to maintain status as a resident student, such person must actively establish domicile in Idaho within 1 year of registration at an Institution.
  • Members of the following Idaho Native American Indian Tribes “whose traditional and customary tribal boundaries included portions of the state of Idaho, or whose Indian tribe was granted reserved lands within the state of Idaho”:
    • Coeur d’Alene
    • Shoshone-Paiute
    • Nez Perce
    • Shoshone-Bannock
    • Kootenai
    • Eastern Shoshone
    • Northwestern Shoshone

District Residency

District residency determination for tuition purposes is governed by rules and regulations adopted by the CEI Board of Trustees and Idaho Code § 33-2110, § 33- 2110A and § 33-2110B.

Once a student is determined to be a resident of the state of Idaho, a further determination is required to be made for district residency. District residency is based on the county of residence. CEI is part of a statewide community college district that also includes College of Western Idaho (CWI), College of Southern Idaho (CSI), and North Idaho College (NIC). Students whose permanent residence is in Idaho but not in one of the six (6) counties that make up the community college district (Ada, Bonneville, Canyon, Jerome, Twin Falls, and Kootenai) are charged out-of-district fees in addition to in-district tuition and fees. Idaho counties without a community college district pay the student’s out-of-district fees not to exceed $500 each semester for a two (2) semester year for a full-time student, up to a maximum of $3,000 lifetime liability, provided the student completes and submits the Certificate of Residency form to the county of residence for verification.

All out-of-district students must submit the Certificate of Residency to their county clerk’s office. All student accounts will be charged the appropriate out-of-district fees per credit, and the billed amount will stay on the student’s account until a Certificate of Residency form has been approved and returned to the CEI business office. If residency is verified by the county, the student is responsible for paying only the in-district tuition and fees and the balance, if any. If verification is not received from the student’s county of residence the student is responsible for all out-of-district tuition and fees.

Students who enroll at CEI may qualify for district residency, for tuition purposes under one or more of the following criteria (documented proof will be required):

  • Any student who receives less than 50% of their financial support from a parent/guardian; has continuously resided in, and maintained a bona fide domicile in the specific Idaho county for purposes other than education for at least twelve (12) months prior to the term in which the student is applying for residency.
  • Any student who has domiciled in the county, who has qualified or would otherwise be qualified under the provisions of this policy, and who is away from that county for a period of less than one (1) calendar year and has not established legal residence elsewhere provided a twelve (12) month period of continuous residence has been established immediately prior to departure.
  • Any student whose parent, parents or court-appointed guardians are domiciled in the county for at least twelve (12) months continuously prior to the opening day of the term for which the student matriculates and provides more than 50% of the student’s support.
  • Any student whose spouse is classified, or is eligible for classification, as a resident of the county for tuition purposes.
  • Any student who is a member of the United States Armed Forces, stationed in the county on military orders.
  • Any student who is an officer or an enlisted member of the Idaho National Guard.
  • Any student whose parent(s), or legal guardian(s) is/are members of the United States Armed Forces and stationed in the county on military orders and who receives 50% or more of their support from parent(s) or legal guardian(s). The student, while in continuous attendance, shall not lose his/her residency status when his/her parent(s) is/are transferred on military orders.
  • Any student who has separated, under honorable conditions, from the Armed Forces after at least 90 days of service in the active military, naval, air, or space service. A member of the armed forces or who has been honorably discharged and is living in the state in which the institution is located.

Out-of-district fees will remain on the student’s account until the form has been approved by his or her county. Once an approved form has been received by CEI, the charges will be removed from the student’s account and become the responsibility of the county. If the county does not pay after being billed, the charges will be placed back on the student’s account and become the responsibility of the student.

Request for Change to Resident Tuition

It shall be the responsibility of the student to notify the college of changes in residency and to furnish all requested documentation in a timely fashion. A student may request a review of his/her residency status by submitting the Idaho Determination Worksheet and all required documentation to the Registrar’s Office on or before census date: the tenth (10th) day of instruction in the Fall and Spring semesters, and the fifth (5th) day of instruction in the Block A, Block B, and Summer semester. The burden of proof in requesting a change in resident status rests with the student.

Please see cei.edu/registrar/district-residency for details on residency requirements and supporting documentation.

After residency status has been determined, the student will receive notification of the decision. Students are responsible for paying the tuition and fees owed on their accounts by the established due date. Resident tuition rates shall be effective for the semester in which a student is reclassified to resident status. If residency (state and/or district) is granted after payment was received, the difference will be refunded to the student within a reasonable time.

Residency Audits

College of Eastern Idaho reserves the right to audit students at any time with regard to eligibility for state/ district resident status and to reclassify students who are registered under an improper classification. State/district residency classification or reclassification based upon materially erroneous, false, or misleading statements or omissions by or in support of the applicant shall be set aside retroactively upon the discovery of the inaccuracy of such statements. Any student having paid less than required to CEI because of an incorrect classification or reclassification that is subsequently set aside will repay any and all amounts not properly paid because of the classification or reclassification. If the student concealed information or furnished false or misleading information and was classified incorrectly as a result, he/she will also be subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action.