Residency for tuition purposes is governed by Idaho State Code. Under current Idaho State Code 33-2110A,
Residents of the state of Idaho pay either the district or non-district tuition rate pursuant to Idaho State Code 33-2110A. Since North Idaho College receives funding from Kootenai County, Kootenai County residents pay the in-district rate. Students from other counties pay the non-district rate. Students who are not from Kootenai County can receive county support from their county of residence if they have an approved Certificate of Residency on file. With an approved Certificate of Residency, these students can receive total tuition benefit of $3,000, $500 per semester or $63 per credit.
In order to qualify for county support, students who reside in Idaho but not in Kootenai County must file a certificate with their home County Clerk’s Office. The certificate form can be obtained from the Admissions Office, Student Accounts or downloaded [PDF].
The following counties require a Certificate of Residency each semester: Boise, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Elmore, Fremont, Gooding, Jefferson, Lincoln, Minidoka, Oneida, Power, and Washington County.
The following counties require a Certificate of Residency each academic school year: Adams, Bannock, Bear Lake, Benewah, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, Clearwater, Gem, Idaho, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Madison, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Shoshone, Teton, and Valley County.
The following counties do not require a Certificate of Residency: Ada, Canyon, Jerome, Kootenai and Twin Falls.
Any applicant for admission who has been domiciled (a person's true, fixed, and permanent home or place of habitation) in Kootenai County for at least 12 months, but less than 18 months, will be asked to submit a Residency Change Form. Until this documentation has been received and approved by the Admissions Office, out-of-state tuition will be charged at the time of registration.
The NIC district comprises all of Kootenai County. For tuition purposes, a student who is a permanent resident of the United States may be classified as a resident of the district by meeting one or more of the following qualifications:
Washington State Residents Residents of the state of Washington qualify for a reduction of the out of state tuition rate. Residency status is determined at the time of application to the college. See Tuition and Fees for the rates for Washington residents.
Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) The Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) was established to financially assist individuals interested in attending college out of their home states. The tuition rate is 150% of the non-district tuition rate. Residency status is determined at the time of application to the college. See Tuition and Fees for the rates for WUE state residents.
Residents from the following states are eligible for the reduced tuition rates: