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Residence Status for Tuition Purposes

The tuition charge for persons who qualify as North Carolina residents for tuition purposes is substantially less than that for nonresidents. An explanation of the North Carolina law (General Statute §116–143.1) governing residence classification for tuition purposes is set forth in Appendix A. A more complete explanation of the statute and the procedures under the statute is contained in A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes. The Manual is the controlling administrative statement of policy on this subject. Copies of the Manual are available for inspection in the Office of the Provost, in the Jackson Library, and online at

Initial Classification

Every applicant for admission is required to state in writing the length of his or her legal residence in North Carolina. Every applicant is classified as a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes prior to actual matriculation, the admitting office making the initial classification. Those not claiming to be residents for tuition purposes are, of course, classified as out-of-state students (nonresidents) for tuition purposes. If insufficient information supports an applicant’s claim to be a resident for tuition purposes, the admitting office will initially classify that applicant as a nonresident.

Classification Review

A residency classification once assigned (and confirmed pursuant to any appeal properly taken) may be changed thereafter (with corresponding change in billing rates) only at intervals corresponding with the established primary divisions of the academic year.

A student who, due to subsequent events, becomes eligible for a change in classification, whether from out-of-state to in-state or the reverse, has the responsibility of applying for a reclassification in the University Registrar’s Office (for undergraduates) or Graduate School (for graduate students).


A student may appeal a residence classification assigned by the admitting office by submitting to the appropriate office a completed “Residence-and-Tuition Status Application.” The completed application must be submitted to the Office of the Provost and received, along with all required documentation, by midnight on the fifth day of class of the academic term for which the student wishes to be considered for reclassification. Application forms may be obtained from the University Registrar’s Office, 180 Mossman, from any admitting office, or at

It is the responsibility of the student to pay tuition at the rate charged and billed by the payment deadline while an appeal is pending. Any necessary adjustments in the rate paid will be made at the conclusion of the appeal.

Students who wish to receive a timely review of their residence status should submit their completed “Residence-and-Tuition Status Application” no more than ninety (90) days before the term for which they are seeking a review of their residence status. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received; failure to submit a fully completed application with attachments in a timely manner may delay the review process.

The determination of residence classification may be appealed to the Campus Residence Appeals Committee, and decisions of the Campus Residence Appeals Committee may be appealed to the State Residence Committee. A written statement of the appeals procedure is provided to every applicant or student receiving an out-of-state classification after an appeal.

This page was last updated on June 8, 2011.