If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes, you may apply for in-state resident status by submitting the appropriate forms to the Office of Student Services. Links to the forms and relevant resources are provided below.
Before applying for in-state resident status, we strongly recommend that you also carefully review the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual (the Manual).
Application and Supplemental Forms
All students seeking a residency review must submit no less than the following two items:
Both items above must be submitted prior to the semester filing deadline. Please be aware of the filing deadlines before completing this application.
If you believe you qualify for the marital provision, you should complete the Residence Status Supplemental Form for the Marital Provision document in addition to the Residence and Tuition Status Application and Instruction Sheet.
Active Duty Military Students and their Dependents
Pursuant to GS 116.143.3, any active duty member of the Armed Forces and their dependents who qualify for admission to an institution of higher education as defined in G.S. 116-143.1(a)(3) but not qualifying as a resident for tuition purposes under G.S. 116-143.1 shall be charged the in-State tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees for enrollments while the member of the Armed Forces is abiding in this State incident to active military duty in this State.
If you are an active duty member of the Armed Services and your permanent duty station is in North Carolina, you and your dependents may qualify for the in-state tuition rate. To apply for this benefit, please complete steps 1-3 below:
- Active Duty In-State Tuition Benefit Form (service member) or
- In-State Tuition Benefit for Dependent Relatives Form (for dependents)
- Attach a copy of your most recent orders.
It will not be necessary to complete a Residence and Tuition Status Application if you are applying for the active duty military benefit.
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.
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 The review of your residency status will not begin until you have submitted your application and supporting documentation. It is your responsibility to review your status and know if you are eligible for potential reclassification. College personnel will not actively review student accounts for updating resident for tuition purposes classifications.
Please be sure your application and all of the supporting documentation is submitted at one time before the deadline. Completed applications will be reviewed within 3-5 business days. Do not submit your application if all of your supporting documentation is not yet available.
Submitted applications will not be returned to the student. If a student desires to be considered for reclassification after a previous classification denial, a new application 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.