I. Policy Title: Residency Requirements
II. Who Does This Policy Affect
This policy applies to any student enrolled at Henry Ford College
Defines the parameters for residency status as it relates to tuition charges.
IV. Policy Statement
For tuition purposes, the following definitions of residency shall apply.
A. In-District Resident
A student who has a permanent address in the Dearborn School District for at least three months immediately preceding the first day of classes. The three month residency status will be effective beginning in the Spring 2018 semester.
B. Out-of-District Resident
A student who resides within the State of Michigan and outside of the Dearborn School District. In addition, an individual using Military educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty Program), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), recipients of Chapter 35 (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program) and/or Chapter 1606 of Title 10 U.S.C. (Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve) and or recipients of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship,who resides outside of the Dearborn School District will be charged as an Out-of-District resident regardless of his/her formal state of residence.
C. Out-of-State/International Resident
Any student whose legal residence is outside of the State of Michigan.
Residency Classification and Regulations for Tuition Purposes
Classification of Residency
Students who are U.S. citizens or who have permanent resident alien, asylum, refugee, or valid DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status through the Immigration and Naturalization Service or approved Temporary Protected Status, as defined below, will be classified as In-District, Out-of-District, or Out-of-State/International. For tuition purposes, a resident student is one who has resided continuously in the Dearborn Public School District for at least three months immediately preceding the first day of classes, (the three-month residency status will be effective beginning in the Spring 2018 semester) with the following exceptions:
- The legal residence of an unmarried minor is that of the parent or legal guardian regardless of where the student may be living.
- An out-of-state/international student is one who does not meet the definition of residency.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) students are defined as those individuals who would otherwise be classified as “International”, who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program, and who have submitted official U. S. Department of Homeland Security documentation to the HFC International Student Services Office confirming that they have been granted “Temporary Protected Status” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as long as their TPS designation remains in effect.
The College will not retroactively grant residency nor will tuition adjustments be permitted for previously attended semesters.
Residency must be validated each term.
Students may be asked for two items of documentation to prove residency before completing each enrollment and may be asked for further documentation at any time while in attendance. Students are required to see an enrollment associate at the Welcome Center to drop off residency documentation.
Acceptable items of documentation are the following:
• Valid MI driver’s license or MI ID card (or, in certain circumstances, appropriate other federal or state identification documentation)
And one of the following documents:
• Current Automobile Registration (with street address)
• Current Auto Insurance Certification (with street address)
• Current Voter’s Registration (front and back)
• Previous Year's Paid Tax Receipt (with name and address)
If a student has been mistakenly enrolled as a resident, the student will be required to pay all tuition that should have been computed according to non-resident status. Any student fraudulently enrolling as a resident is also subject to any of the following:
• A late payment penalty
• Suspension from classes
• Permanent dismissal
VI. Responsible Party for Policy Interpretation/Review
Office of Registration & Records
VII. Related Documents
VIII. Policy History:
a. Adopted by Board: February 17, 1997
b. Previous Policy Section: Students; Previous Policy No. 8050
March 22, 2022 – Reviewed with no changes.
December 16, 2019 - to include TPS students under Residency Classification
March 18, 2019 - due to changes to Michigan Public Law 115-251
Feb. 19, 2018 - to change In-District Residency to 3 months
November 20, 2017
This policy supersedes and replaces any and all policies related to this subject