Residency Guidelines

What is Residency?

A residence is a place in which a person resides – a dwelling place or abode – essentially a house or apartment. Residence is not established by attendance at a college.

  • In-state student: a United States citizen, immigrant, or permanent resident who has established and maintains residency in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California.
  • Out-of-state student: a United States citizen, immigrant, or permanent resident who has not established or does not maintain residency in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California.
  • International student: citizen of another country.

Residency and Tuition

Use the chart to determine your residency status and what type of tuition you will pay.

Residency Status Description Tuition
In-State Student American citizen or immigrant with a permanent resident status in Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada and Washington Resident Tuition
Student with Non-Immigrant Visa Student holding an approved non-immigrant visa (A, E, G, H-1B, H-1C, H-4, I, K, L, NATO, O, R, S, T, TN, U, or V) Resident Tuition
International Student International student (holding a visa other than those listed above) Non-Resident Tuition
Out-of-State Student Student residing in states which do not border Oregon Non-Resident Tuition
New Process for Students with Non-Immigrant Visas

PCC has established new residency guidelines to update students' residency in Oregon for students who have a Non-Immigrant Visa. Students wishing to pay in-state tuition via one of these visa types must bring their passport to any Admissions and Registration office.

How to Update Your Residency Status

Residency Form

Submit Residency Form
with 2 pieces of documentation

To request a residency status change, you must prove that you have established a permanent home the state of Oregon (or a border state) where you intend to remain.

To apply for residency reassessment, fill out the Residency Form and submit it to any Admissions and Registration office. Along with the form, you must include two pieces of documentation from the list below to prove Oregon residency - acceptable documents are listed below.

To apply your new residency to a term, you must submit the form by the drop deadline of the term for which you want to have tuition reassessed. Residency updates are not retroactive and cannot be applied to a previous term.

Acceptable Documentation of Residency

  • Oregon Drivers License or ID card
  • Bank account statements (showing Oregon address)
  • Oregon State Income Tax form with Oregon address (most current)
  • Current W-2 form (showing Oregon address)
  • Documentation of possession of Oregon vehicle license plates
  • Active Duty military ID, copy of orders in Oregon
  • Selective Service registration
  • Oregon Voter registration card
  • Utility bills (gas, water, power, telephone)
  • Immigration documents (Visa, I-94, change of status application verification)
  • Documentation of entry into a legal agreement in Oregon (marriage, divorce, etc.)
  • Documentation of ownership of residential property or of continuous occupancy of rented or leased property in Oregon
  • Recent Veteran: LES, DD214
  • Documentation of public assistance, rehabilitation, unemployment or other Oregon state services

*You must include two pieces of documentation from this list.

Students with Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV)

People holding an approved non-immigrant visa (A, E, G, H-1B, H-1C, H-4, I, K, L, NATO, O, R, S, T, TN, U, or V) are eligible to pay resident tuition.

Students wishing to pay resident tuition via one of these visa types must bring their passport to any Admissions and Registration office. Upon expiration of that visa type, the student will be charged non-resident tuition (and possibly, the international student fees, depending on the new visa type). Students will be able to submit copies of their updated visas at which time the resident tuition can be reinstated based on the visa’s time frame listed in the passport.