Joliet Junior College is a 1,442 square mile district serving a population of more than 650,000 in Will, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, Kankakee, Livingston and Cook Counties. To verify that your city or community is served by Joliet Junior College, residents can check their property tax bill or voter's card.
Requirements for Proof of Residency
Residency requirements are subject to change.
A person shall be considered a resident of Joliet Junior College District 525 who:
- Has attained his or her full majority (age 18 or married), and who has resided in Illinois Community College District 525 for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term.
- Lives with his/her parents or legal guardian in Illinois Community College District 525 for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term.
- Is a minor and has resided in Illinois Community College District 525 for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term and who:
- Has not lived with his/her parents or guardian (except for brief holiday periods) during the past calendar year nor plans to do so during the next calendar year; and
- Has not received more than the IRS Standard Deduction in financial assistance from his/her parents or guardian during the previous calendar year nor expects to do so during the next calendar year.
Tuition paid by a student attending Joliet Junior College is determined by the student's legal and permanent place of residence. An in-district resident is a person whose residence is within Junior College District 525 or one whose intent is to establish permanent residence in District 525. Residence is defined as the place where the student lives and is considered the student's permanent home. The residence must be owned or occupied for a minimum of thirty days prior to the beginning of the term.
Determination of residence status is made during the processing of a student's application for admission and is subject to further review and/or revision by the director of admissions and recruitment or designated staff. Factors used in residency determination may include current address, length of time at that address, high school attended, and date of graduation. The applicant is responsible for furnishing information, evidence, or documents deemed necessary to accurately determine residency within 10 business days prior to the beginning of the term.
Evidence of legal residency shall be based on ownership and/or occupancy of a home or residence in the district (shown by a deed, lease, or formal rent receipt with lessor's name indicated) and one of the following showing the same address:
- A current Illinois driver's license or Illinois state identification card
- A current Illinois automobile license registration
- A current Illinois voter's registration card
- Employment in the state of Illinois (for out-of-state residents)
- Payment of Illinois income taxes (for out-of-state residents)
- A document showing the student's past or existing status as a district student (e.g. a high school transcript)
- A utility bill in the name of the student
- A proof of automobile insurance
- A proof of homeowner's insurance
- A current credit card billing statement
- A current bank statement
- A change of address form from the Post Office
Each of these proofs must show an in-district address. A post office box number for an address will NOT serve to prove residency. Renters must submit either a rent receipt or lease signed by the owner/manager (dated at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term). The student must complete the Residency Status Change Request Form (PDF) and submit both proofs of residency to the Joliet Junior College Admissions Office (A-1020) within 10 business days of the beginning of the term.
Out-of-state applicants who fail to submit the required proofs by the stated deadline will be charged out-of-state tuition. Students who demonstrate to 30-day, in-state, but not in-district residency, will be charged Illinois out-of-district tuition. Should a student prove in-district residency and move from that address without providing a forwarding address to Joliet Junior College, they will have their address returned to the original address from the application and in-district status will be reviewed.
Chargeback and Cooperative Agreements
Residents residing in another Illinois community college district which does not offer a program of study available at Joliet Junior College should apply for a chargeback or cooperative agreement at their local community college. See the Chargeback and Cooperative Agreements page for more information.
Employment in the District
Persons who are not residents of District 525 but who are employed full-time (35 hours per week) in the district are eligible for in-district tuition and fees. To qualify, a letter must be on file in the Admission's office each semester prior to the student's registration. This letter must be written on company stationery and must be signed by either the owner/manager or the director of human resources.
Fraudulent submission of records regarding residency will result in remaining in an "out-of-district" status and be reported as a violation of the Joliet Junior College Code of Conduct.