Residency Status

Residency for Tuition Purposes

An applicant’s tuition residency status is typically determined based on responses he or she provides as part of their admissions application. According to the North Carolina General Assembly (North Carolina General Statutes Secion (G.S.) 116-143.1(b)), a student qualifies as a resident for tuition purposes if he or she has:

  • an established legal residency (domicile) in North Carolina
  • maintained that legal residence for at least 12 continuous months prior to being considered for in-state residency

The tuition classification laws described here apply to all students in the University of North Carolina – Public System.

If you have been classified as an out-of-state student for tuition purposes and would like to seek reclassification as an in-state student, you will be required to complete the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) form.

The North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual offers complete information on residency statutes, as well as explanations as how the two qualifications above are evaluated.


Residency for Military Personnel and Dependents

Review information concerning the residency status for armed forces personnel and their dependents under North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-143.3.

Active-duty military personnel whose permanent duty station and location is in North Carolina and their military dependents are eligible to receive the benefit of in-state tuition even if they are not residents of North Carolina. Review the tuition classification laws for information on eligibility and the eligibility process.