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District 502 Residency

Students who live within Community College District 502 for at least 30 days immediately prior to the beginning of the semester are classified as residents of the College of DuPage district. Those students are charged tuition according to the in-district tuition rate. Students who live outside Community College District 502 that have changed residency to in-district must provide proof to receive the in-district tuition rate.

Residents of District 502 Border Communities

Only a portion of the following communities are located within College of DuPage/Community College District 502:

  • Aurora
  • Bolingbrook
  • Brookfield
  • Carol Stream
  • Elk Grove Village
  • Hanover Park
  • Plainfield
  • Roselle
  • West Chicago
  • Willow Springs

Students residing in these communities will be marked as out of district and charged tuition accordingly. To find out whether you reside in district, please contact Student Registration Services (SSC), Room 2221, (630) 942-2377. If it is determined that you live in district, your status will be changed to in district.

Proof of Residency

Students must provide a valid Driver’s License or State I.D. card with a current address AND one other original item from the list below to change residency from out-of-district or out-of-state to in-district. The student’s name, address and a current date must be printed on each item. The two items must demonstrate that the student lived in an in-district address for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the start of the 16-week session. Residency adjustments will not be considered for the current term after the Last Day to Add a Course with Instructor Permit for the 16-week sessions. See the Registration Calendar for current dates. Students who obtain residency within the district for reasons other than attending College of DuPage are exempt from the 30-day requirement.


Valid Driver’s License, or State I.D. card or TVDL (Temporary Visitor Driver’s License) with current address


One of the following:

  1. Current lease (signed by both lessee and lessor with contact phone number for verification) along with a copy of cancelled check used for rent payment (dated within a 30-day period).
  2. Real Estate Closing Package (dated within a 30-day period).
  3. *Bank or Credit Card Statement (dated within a 30-day period).
  4. *Utility Bills (electric, water, refuse, telephone land/cell, cable or gas) dated within a 30-day period.
  5. Current Insurance Policy
  6. *Insurance Billing Statement (Medical, Auto or Home dated within a 30-day period).
  7. Current Vehicle Registration Card
  8. Current Property Tax Bill
  9. Paycheck stub (dated within a 30-day period).

*Students may submit an official online printout of these documents as long as they are printed directly from the institution’s website. The printout must include ALL pages.

Students can submit documentation to the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2221.

Out-of-District Resident

Students are classified as out-of-district if their home is within the state of Illinois but outside the College of DuPage district. Students are charged tuition according to the out-of-district tuition rate.

Out-of-State Resident

Students are classified as out-of-state if they have not lived within the state of Illinois for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester or have declared their permanent residence to be outside the state of Illinois. Students are charged tuition according to the out-of-state tuition rate.

International Resident

Students whose permanent residence is outside the United States and who wish to attend College of DuPage while on a student visa, other visa, or visa waiver program that permits them to attend college while in the United States, are classified as international residents. Students are charged tuition according to the out-of-state tuition rate. 

Special Residency Classifications

Employed Full-Time (35+ Hours) In-District

Students whose legal residence is outside Community College District 502, but are employed for a minimum of 35 scheduled hours per week within District 502, may be entitled to receive the in-district tuition rate. Tuition adjustments will not be considered after mid-term (see Student Registration Calendar).

To be considered for the work in district residency classification, a student must provide the following two documents for each semester:

  1. A letter from the employer located within District 502.

The letter must:

  • Be written on official company letterhead.
  • Include the company name, in-district address, phone number and e-mail address.
  • Include the student's name, address and social security number or College of DuPage student ID number.
  • Include a start date with the company and it must be on or before the start of the academic term.
  • Include a statement indicating that the student is a full-time employee working a minimum of 35 regular scheduled hours per week.Be signed and dated by a supervisor, owner, or a human resources representative at the company.
  • Include a company phone number to verify employment.
  1. A copy of a recent pay stub or earnings statement issued by the company to the student and dated within 30 days.

Students can submit the letter and pay stub in person, by e-mail, through mail, or via fax to the Office of Student Registration Services (see Contact Information below). The final determination on residency status will be made by the Office of Student Registration Services.

Cooperative Agreements

Incoming Cooperative Agreements

Individuals who want to enroll in an Associate in Applied Science degree or certificate program not offered by their own community college may apply for a cooperative agreement. Students must apply through their own community college at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term for which they intend to enroll at College of DuPage. Cooperative agreements are available for community colleges within the State of Illinois. Most community college districts do not approve cooperative agreements for single courses, developmental courses or non-credit courses. For more information on Cooperative Agreements, visit the CAREER Consortium page.

Outgoing Cooperative Agreements

Students residing in District 502 who wish to enroll in an approved program of study not offered by the College of DuPage, may be eligible for a cooperative agreement to attend another community college in Illinois that offers that curriculum. A student approved for a cooperative agreement will be entitled to that college's in-district tuition rates. (Board Policy 25-50). Applications for cooperative agreements must be filed 30 calendar days prior to the start of term. Single courses, developmental courses, non-credit courses, and Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees do not qualify for cooperative agreements. For information on applying for a cooperative agreement, please contact the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2221 or call (630) 942-2377.

Contact Information

Office of Student Registration Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2221
Phone: (630) 942-2377

Regular Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, closed for summer

myACCESS Help Desk: (630) 942-2999

Individuals who need language assistance, please call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or email campuscentral@cod.edu.