4.06.002.001 - Student Residency and Tuition Rates
Student Residency and Tuition Rates
The Community College of Beaver County’s student residency and tuition rates adhere to the Pennsylvania State Code Chapter 35 for Community Colleges and the Veteran Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”).
A student’s tuition rate is established by their residency. Students who cannot provide proof of residency in Pennsylvania will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate. International students are not eligible for a residency change.
Beaver County Tuition Rate
To be eligible for the Beaver County Tuition Rate a student must maintain continuous residence in Beaver County for 12 months; or must recently moved to Beaver County from another Pennsylvania County where residency was continuous for 12 months.
Other Pennsylvania Tuition Rate
To be eligible for the Other Pennsylvania Tuition Rate (Pennsylvania residency outside of Beaver County) a student must maintain continuous residence in Pennsylvania for 12 months.
Out of State/International Tuition Rate
Students who live outside of Pennsylvania will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate. International students will be charged the international tuition rate.
A minor under the age of 18 is presumed to have the residency of their parent or guardian unless emancipated in which case documented evidence is required.
Students on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces and stationed in Beaver County are considered Beaver County residents. Students on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in other parts of the country or world, who maintain their legal residence as Beaver County, are considered Beaver County residents. To determine eligibility, the student must submit a copy of their DD214 and/or certificate of eligibility to the Veterans Service Center.
Proof of Residency
At the time of registration for classes and tuition payment, all students are required to show proof of residency. Examples include:
- Valid driver’s license
- Voter registration card
- Proof of payment of local wage tax or school tax
- Lease or proof of purchase of a permanent independent residence
- If required, other documents determined and approved by the Director of Enrollment Services
Change of Residency
It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Office of Admissions and Registration of any changes in residency by completing the Student Change Form and providing proof of residency. Any residency changes made during a semester will go into effect the subsequent semester. Residency changes are not retroactive.
Penalties for Misrepresenting Residency
The College reserves the right to request additional information about a student’s residency at any time if there is reason to suspect the student’s address is incorrect. Any fraudulent statements or records concerning residency may result in additional tuition charges and disciplinary action. The following actions may be taken if a student misrepresents their residency:
- The student’s account will be adjusted and the student will be required to pay the corrected amount. If the student refuses to pay the corrected amount, they will be administratively withdrawn from present classes and will be prevented from attending future classes.
- The release of grades, transcripts, and diplomas will be prohibited until the student’s corrected amount due is paid in full.
A student may appeal their residency classification by submitting a written petition to the Director of Enrollment Services for committee review. If a student is not satisfied with the decision made by the Community College of Beaver County, they may submit a written appeal to the Office of the Secretary of Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333. The decision made by the Secretary is final.