Certificate of Residence Information
Because you are not a permanent resident of Erie County, you are being billed non-resident tuition charges. You are required to provide the college with a Certificate of Residence from your home county each year, to be charged the single tuition rate. The Certificate of Residence allows SUNY Erie to bill your home county for the non-resident charges and allows you to pay the single tuition rate.
It is your responsibility to complete an application for a certificate of residence, have it notarized and submit it to your home county’s Treasurer/Finance department for the processing of your residency certificate. Some counties require you to use their own application, apply online or in person. Requirements vary by county, please contact your home county or visit their website for specific information on obtaining a Certificate of Residence and the application process. Links for each county are available here.
Some Counties will forward you the certificate, others will give it to the student. It is up to the student to ensure the Bursar Office receives your certificate on time. Certificates should be submitted to the Bursar Office prior to the start of classes, to ensure they get processed on time.
Your home county is only required to honor those certificates dated within the first 30 days of the semester. Students who do not get their certificates and submit them to the college’s Student Account Service Office (Bursar Office) within the 30-day time frame, will be liable for the non-resident charges. Certificates received late cannot be processed until your county accepts a billing from the college. Any monies due, if applicable, will not be refunded until then.
If you have resided in NYS for 1 year and have been a permanent resident of Erie County for at least six months prior to the start of the semester, please contact the Student Account Service Office (Bursar Office) for instructions on establishing residency. The Affidavit/Application for obtaining the Certificate of Residence cannot be used to prove Erie County residency.
If you have any questions on obtaining your Certificate of Residence, please contact
the Student Account Service Office at the numbers provided below. If you have any
questions regarding what proof is required for obtaining your Certificate of Residence,
please contact your home county’s Treasurer or Finance Department.