Tuition Waivers and Community College Exceptions

If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes under the below community college exceptions or tuition waivers, you may apply for in-state resident status by submitting the appropriate forms to the Office of Enrollment and Student Success. Links to the forms and relevant resources are provided below.

Before applying for one of the below exceptions, we strongly recommend that you carefully review the Residency Determination Service Tuition Benefits webpage.


Special Rules and Benefits for students at North Carolina state colleges and universities

Emergency Worker Benefits

Pursuant to G.S. 115B-2(a), tuition waivers are available to the surviving spouse and children of a law enforcement officer (including sheriffs), firefighter, volunteer firefighter or rescue squad worker who was killed or permanently disabled as a direct result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty (including both active service and training for active duty). To receive this benefit, complete the Survivor of a Deceased or Permanently Disabled Law Enforcement & Emergency Worker Instruction Document and provide the requested documentation.  All documentation must be completed and returned to Johnston Community College prior to start date of the semester.


Exceptions allowing a student in-state tuition ONLY at the North Carolina Community Colleges

Business Sponsorship

Pursuant to G.S. 115D-39, when a North Carolina employer (other than the armed services) pays tuition for an employee to attend a North Carolina community college, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate.  To qualify, the sponsoring business must provide the proper documentation as outlined in the Business Sponsorship Instruction Document by the payment deadline for the sponsored student.

Nonprofit Sponsorship

Pursuant to G.S. 115D-39(c), a nonprofit charitable or religious corporation or civil league may sponsor a person lawfully admitted to the United States and living in this state who attends a community college. In this case, the nonprofit charitable or religious corporation will pay the in-state tuition rate on behalf of the student that is a member for one year. The sponsoring entity must provide the proper documentation as outlined in the Nonprofit Sponsorship Instruction Document by the payment deadline for the sponsored student.


IMPORTANT

Be sure your application and all of the supporting documentation is submitted at one time before the beginning of the current semester. Completed applications will be reviewed within 3-5 business days. Do not submit your instruction document if all of your supporting documentation is not yet available.

Submitted documents will not be returned to the student. If a student desires to be considered for reclassification after a previous classification denial, a new instruction document with supporting documentation must be completed.

All questions regarding your application can be directed to the Office of Enrollment and Student Success at (919) 209-2128.