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REGISTRATION AND RECORDS ______________________________________________________ Transfer Students Services are provided by our advisors for those students who plan to attend more than one post-secondary institution in order to complete your college degree. You are encouraged to start this process early and plan ahead, which can make this a smoother transition. See NCC’s website to review the articulation agreements that NCC has with other institutions. Resident/Non-Resident Tuition Eligibility Reference Board Policy 507 Section 1—General A person who has been admitted to Northwest Iowa Community College shall be classified as a resident or as a non-resident for admission, tuition, and fee purposes. A person classified as a resident shall pay resident tuition costs. A person classified as a non-resident shall pay non-resident tuition costs. Tuition for non-residents should not be less than the marginal cost of instruction of a student attending Northwest Iowa Community College. Iowa Code section 260C.14 (2). Persons who register for non-credit continuing education courses shall be charged course fees determined on course costs and by market demand. Section 2—Determination of Residency Status In determining resident or non-resident classification, the primary determination is the reason a person is in the state of Iowa. The second determination will be the length of time a person has resided in Iowa. If a person is in the state primarily for educational purposes, that person will be considered a non-resident. The burden of establishing the reason a person is in Iowa for other than educational purposes rests with the student. A. The Registrar may require written documents, affidavits, or other related evidence deemed necessary to determine why a student is in Iowa. The burden of proof is upon the student. A student will be required to file at least two documents to determine his/her residency status. No two documents may come from the same source. The following are examples of acceptable documentation. 1. Written and notarized documentation from an employer that the student is employed in Iowa or a signed and notarized statement from the student describing employment and sources of support. 2. Iowa state income tax return. 3. An Iowa driver’s license. 4. An Iowa vehicle registration card. 5. An Iowa voter registration card. 6. Proof of Iowa Homestead credit on property taxes. In all events, to be determined a resident of Iowa, the individual must document residing in the state of Iowa for at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the term for which he/she is enrolling. B. If a student gives misleading or incorrect information for the purpose of evading payment of non-resident fees, he or she must pay the non-resident fees for each term the student was not officially classified as a non-resident. C. These regulations shall be administered by the Registrar. Resident and non-resident tuition rates shall be printed and available in the College Catalog or other major College publications. D. A person who is a resident of an Iowa sister state may be classified as a resident or nonresident, per rules adopted by the college’s board of directors. Section 3—Residency of Minor Students The domicile of a minor shall follow that of the parent with whom the minor resides except where emancipation of said minor can be proven. The word “parent” herein used shall include legal guardian or others in cases where the lawful custody of a minor has been awarded to persons other than actual parents. A minor living with a resident of Iowa who is legally responsible for the minor shall be granted resident status if the minor has lived with the Iowa resident for at least 90 days immediately prior to enrollment. The residency status of an emancipated minor shall be based upon the same qualifications established for a person having attained majority. Section 4—Residency of Students who are not Citizens of the United States A. A person who is a refugee or who is granted asylum by an appropriate agency of the United States must provide proof of certification of refugee or asylum guarantee status. A person may be accorded resident status for admission and tuition purposes when the person comes directly, or within a reasonable time, to the state of Iowa from a refugee facility or port of debarkation and has not established domicile in another state. B. A person who has immigrant status, and his or her spouse or dependents, may establish Iowa residency in the same manner as a United States citizen. C. A person who has non-immigrant status and who holds a non-student visa, and his or her spouse or dependents, may establish residency in the same manner as a United States citizen. A person who has non-immigrant status and whose primary purpose for being in Iowa is educational is classified as non-resident. A “student visa” is prima facie evidence of non-residency, i.e., in a rare case, a student holding the visa could overcome the presumption of non-residency. Section 5—Residency of Federal Personnel and Dependents A person and his/her spouse who has moved into the state of Iowa as the result of military or civil orders from the federal government, and the minor children of such persons, are entitled to immediate Iowa residency status. Section 6—Veteran’s Exemption A veteran of military service or national guard, or his/her spouse or dependent child, shall be classified as a resident if the veteran is domiciled in Iowa and one of the following conditions is met: 1. The veterans has separated from a U.S. military force with an honorable discharge or a general discharge, is eligible for benefits, or has exhausted benefits, under the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 or any other federal authorizing veteran educational benefits program. 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