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 issued within the last two years from the first day of the semester, and with a graduation date within the last two years from the first day of the semester (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 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.

The deadline for submitting proof of residency is one week after the start of the semester. See the Academic Calendar for start dates.

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

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

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

  • Student’s full name
  • Oakton ID number
  • Permanent address
  • Preferred email address
  • Phone number
  • Statement date and student’s signature

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
Seven business days from date of submission. A committee reviews appeals each week and students will receive notification of the decision via email.

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 with the most recent pay stub issued by your employer.
  • Visa holders 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
  • F1 International students are not eligible for in-district tuition regardless of residency or employment status.
  • If you do not submit proof of residency or other evidence of eligibility for in-district tuition rate by the deadline, you will be charged out-of-district or out-of-state tuition. Students who submit proof of residency after the deadline will be charged a late submission fee. (See Tuition and Fees.)

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.

District 535
Oakton Community College District 535 serves more than 456,000 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.

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