Residence Status for Tuition Purposes
The Admissions Office determines the residence status for the purpose of paying tuition. Responses to the application for admission are used in making this determination. Students who fail to submit adequate information to establish a right to be classified as a resident of North Carolina will be classified as a non-resident.
It is the student's responsibility to verify his/her residency status before the payment of fees to the university. Students paying incorrect fees will be billed for the difference in the tuition rates.
- Residence. To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must become a legal resident and remain a legal resident for at least 12 months immediately prior to classification. The burden for establishing facts justifying classification as a resident entitled to in-state tuition rates is on the applicant, who must show his or her entitlement by the preponderance (the greater part) of the residency information.
- Initiative. Being classified a resident for tuition purposes is contingent on the student's seeking such status and providing all information that the institution may require in making the determination.
- Effect of Marriage. Marriage alone does not prevent a person from becoming or continuing to be a resident for tuition purposes, nor does marriage in any circumstance ensure that a person will become or continue to be a resident for tuition purposes. Marriage and the legal residence of one's spouse is relevant information in determining residency intent. For example, if both a husband and his wife are legal residents of North Carolina and if one of them has been a legal resident longer than the other, then the longer duration may be claimed by either spouse in meeting the 12-month requirement for in-state tuition status.
- Grace Period. If a person (1) has been a bona fide legal resident, (2) has consequently been classified a resident for tuition purposes, and (3) has subsequently lost North Carolina legal residence while enrolled at a public institution of higher education, that person may continue to enjoy the in-state tuition rate for a grace period of 12 months measured from the date on which North Carolina legal residency was lost. If the 12 months end during an academic term for which the person is enrolled at a state institution of higher education, the grace period extends to the end of that term. The fact of marriage to one who continues domicile outside North Carolina does not in itself cause loss of legal residency marking the beginning of the grace period.