Proof of Residency

Oakton Community College  District 535 serves more than 450,000 residents in the communities of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka and parts of Des Plaines**, Mount Prospect** and Rosemont**.

Contact the  Enrollment Center at 847.635.1700 for exact in-district addresses.

Career/Joint Agreements

Students planning to attend Oakton under a career/joint agreement from their home institution should submit their paperwork to the  Enrollment Center. Once the agreement is processed, your Oakton bill will reflect the in-district rate.

For additional information, contact the   Enrollment Center at 847.635.1700.

Proof of Residency

To receive in-district tuition at Oakton, applicants must submit proof of residency with documentation showing they lived within District 535 for at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester.

To prove residency, please submit one of the following documents.
  • a valid Illinois driver's license (The address must match the address provided on the admission application.)
  • an Illinois state ID card (The address must match the address provided on the admission application.)
  • a high school transcript that proves the student attended an in-district high school within the last two calendar years. (Must be issued to the student’s in-district permanent address provided on the admission application)
OR submit two of the following documents.
  • Bank/mortgage/credit card statements
  • Utility bills: gas, electric, water, telephone, cable/internet
  • Insurance bills: auto, renters, homeowners, healthcare
  • Student loan bill
  • Automobile loan bill
  • Vehicle registration card
  • Social Security benefit statement
  • Pay stubs (including unemployment pay stubs)
  • Property tax document
  • Jury duty notice
  • Government or education documents
In addition to meeting the 30-day issue requirement, the two documents must also:
  • Be issued in the student’s name to the in-district permanent address provided on the admission application.
  • Be dated within the last 12 months from the first day of the semester.
Proof of Residency Priority Deadlines
  • Spring 2022: January 24, 2022 
  • Summer 2022: June 15, 2022
  • Fall 2022: August 29, 2022
Proof of Residency Late Fee

If students do not submit proof of residency documentation by the published deadline, students may be assessed a $27 late fee once the withdrawal period begins for 16-week classes (Fall and Spring) or 7-week classes (Summer). 

Applicants can submit their documents in several ways*.

  • in person at the Enrollment Center
    (Room 1860, Des Plaines; Room A100, Skokie)
  • email to enrollmentcenter@oakton.edu
  • fax 847.635.1706
  • mail to: Oakton Community College, Enrollment Center
    1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016-1268

*Email may not be a secure form of submitting sensitive information. Oakton Community College does not recommend sending private or confidential information such as social security number, driver's license number, date of birth, or personal financial information via email.

If proof of residency documentation does not meet the requirements identified above, students may request an exception by filling out a Residency Appeal.

Residency Appeal Request Process
To appeal, you must provide a typed statement explaining why you do not have the required documentation. The statement must include:

  • Student’s full name
  • Oakton ID number
  • Permanent address
  • Preferred email address
  • Phone number
  • A statement explaining why the student does not have the required documentation, including why they moved into Oakton’s district***
  • Statement date and student’s signature

***Per ICCB regulations, students requesting in-district tuition must move into District 535 for reasons other than attending Oakton.

Supporting documentation
Two-three documents issued in the student’s name to the in-district permanent address provided on the admission application. The documents must be dated. Use the Accepted Documentation list as a guide.

Processing timeline
Requests will be reviewed within seven business days from the date of submission. Financial Aid recipients may require additional processing time. The committee will notify students of the status of their request within 2-3 business weeks. 

Submission methods
Requests may be submitted in person, postal mail, fax or email*.

Exceptions and Other Special Conditions

  • If you have moved into District 535 for reasons other than attending Oakton, you will be exempt from the 30-day requirement if you can demonstrate - through documentation - a verifiable interest in establishing permanent residency within the district. See the Residency Appeal Request Process above.
  • If you are not a District 535 resident but work at least 35 hours per week in the district, you may be eligible for in-district tuition by submitting the Business Educational Service Contract (PDF) (269 KB) with the most recent pay stub issued by your employer.
  • Visa holders, including F1, will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate regardless of residency status. However, if you are on a J visa and currently working full time within District 535, you may be eligible to use the Business Educational Service Contract (PDF) (269 KB)
  • If you participate in the E-Z Pay Tuition Payment Plan, you are strongly encouraged to prove residency prior to joining the E-Z Pay Plan.

For more information or to find out if your residence is within the district, contact the Enrollment Center at 847.635.1700 or  enrollmentcenter@oakton.edu.

*Email is not a secure communication channel. During remote work periods, in person, mail and fax are not options for submitting documentation.