Residency determination for tuition purposes is governed by rules and regulations adopted by the College of Southern Idaho Board of Trustees and Idaho Code § 33-2110, § 33-2110A and § 33-2110B.
Based on information provided by the applicant in the application for admission, the Admissions and Records Office makes an initial determination concerning the student’s residency status for tuition purposes (e.g. Idaho/out-of-state, in-district/out-of-district). The student’s residency status remains unchanged unless the student submits a Residency Re-Determination form with the required documentation to the Director of the Admissions and Records on or before the 10th calendar day of the semester and a re‑determination is made based on the evidence supplied. Qualifications for residency must be met prior to the opening day of the semester for which reclassification is sought.
In general, a student enrolling into the College of Southern Idaho shall not be deemed a resident of the community college district, or of a county, or of the State of Idaho, unless the student established domicile primarily for purposes other than education within said district, county, or the State, for at least twelve (12) months continuously prior to the beginning of the term for which the student enrolls.
Once a student is determined to be a resident of the State of Idaho, a further determination is made on district residency. District residency is based on county residency. The College of Southern Idaho community college district comprises Jerome County and Twin Falls County. Residents of Twin Falls and Jerome counties pay in‑district tuition and fees. Students whose permanent residence is in Idaho but outside of Jerome, Twin Falls, Ada, Canyon, and Kootenai counties are charged out‑of‑district fees of $50 per credit up to $500 per semester in addition to in-district tuition and fees. Idaho counties without a community college district pay the student’s out‑of-district fees not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) each semester for a two (2) semester year for a full-time student, up to a maximum of three thousand dollars ($3,000) lifetime liability, provided the student completes and submits to the CSI Business Office the Certificate of Residency form and residency can be verified by the county of residence. If residency is verified by the county, the student is responsible for paying in-district tuition and fees and the balance, if any, of the out‑of‑district fees above the maximum liability of the county of his/her residence. If verification is not received from the student’s county of residence the student is responsible for out‑of‑district tuition and fees. All Idaho (in-district and out-of-district) students must complete a new Certificate of Residency form on a yearly basis, except residents of Boundary, Butte, Elmore, Gem, and Power counties who must complete a new certificate of residence for both fall and spring semesters.
Students who enroll at the College of Southern Idaho may qualify for Idaho and/or district residency, respectively, for tuition purposes under one or more of the following criteria (documented proof may be required):
The College reserves the right to audit students at any time with regard to eligibility for Idaho/district resident status and to reclassify students who are registered under an improper classification. Idaho/district residency classification or reclassification based upon materially erroneous, false or misleading statements or omissions by or in support of the applicant shall be set aside retroactively upon the discovery of the erroneous nature of such statements. Any student having paid less than required to the College because of an erroneous classification or reclassification which is subsequently set aside, will repay any and all amounts not properly paid because of the erroneous classification or reclassification. If a student concealed information or furnished false or misleading information and was classified incorrectly as a result, he or she will also be subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action.
It shall be the responsibility of the student to notify the Admissions and Records Office of possible changes in residency and to furnish all requested documentation in a timely fashion. Students may request a review of their residency status by submitting the Residency Re‑Determination form and all required documentation to the Director of the Admissions and Records on or before the 10th calendar day of the semester. The student shall describe in detail the reasons why the original residency determination is believed to be erroneous. The burden of proof in requesting a change in resident status rests with the student. Within thirty (30) days following the receipt of the student’s written request to appeal the decision, the Director of Admissions and Records shall issue a determination and notify the student in writing. Students are responsible for paying the tuition and fees owed on their accounts by the established due date. Resident tuition rates shall be effective for the semester in which a student is reclassified to resident status. If residency (Idaho and/or district) is granted after payment was received, the difference will be refunded within a reasonable time to the student (a Request for Refund form must be filled out and submitted to the Business Office).
If the student is not satisfied with the determination of the Director of Admissions and Records, he/she can appeal to the Dean of Student Services. All appeals must be submitted (or postmarked), in writing and accompanied by all required documentation, within ten (10) calendar days after the date of notification of residency decision that is being appealed. Failure to comply shall constitute a waiver of all claims to reclassification for the applicable term.
Out-of-state, out-of-district, or in-district tuition and fees MAY be waived in part or in full or special rates may apply under various circumstances:
Tuition waiver requests that do not fall under one of the above categories must be submitted to the College President for consideration.In addition to tuition waivers granted by the College, some students may have some or all of their tuition and fees, room and board, and other expenses paid for or reimbursed through scholarships, grants, stipends, and a variety of state or federal programs (e.g. student participating in intercollegiate athletics, cheer leaders, dance team members, student senators, ambassadors, Program Board members, Diversity Council members, eligible veterans and disabled veterans’ spouses and children (when eligible), WIA program participants, IREX students, etc.).