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Residency for Tuition Purposes

Updated: 12/13/2011

I. Procedures for Seeking In-State Residency:

Residency status for the purpose of determining tuition charges at a public institution of higher education in the state of North Carolina is governed by the North Carolina General Statutes. Specifically, state law applicable to tuition and fees at state-supported institutions is contained in Article 14, section 116-143 et seq., of the General Statutes of North Carolina.

Students will be classified by the appropriate Admissions Office as either eligible for in-state tuition or ineligible. Each student has the responsibility of providing information to the Admissions Office to support classification of the student for residency purposes.

Enrolled students or students who have been recently admitted to a degree program may write or visit the Residency Officer, North Carolina State University, Research Building III Room 242, 1005 Capability Drive, Campus Box 7102, Raleigh, NC 27695 or email to  Additional information is available on the Residency Information website.

A student’s initial classification when enrolled may subsequently change if the student’s circumstances change. The student then has the responsibility of petitioning the University for a change in status before a new semester begins.  The University may also initiate an investigation if there is reason to believe a change has occurred that could alter a student’s classification to "non-resident." Students are responsible for providing the University with any new information that could change their residency status. Failure by a student to provide such information could lead to disciplinary action such as cancellation of registration and enrollment.

II. Requirements to Establish Residency for Tuition Purposes:

The requirements to qualify for in-state tuition are set out in the North Carolina General Statutes.  A summary is posted at Detailed information can be found in the State Residence Manual.

III. Appeals:

A student may appeal an unfavorable residency classification to the NC State University Residency Appeals Committee (see the Regulation on Residency Appeal Procedures).  A further appeal may be available to the UNC State Residence Committee.

IV. Additional Information

Statutes on residency:

UNC General Administration:

Recent changes to state residency law

Procedures for appealing residency decisions to the State Residence Committee

Statutes and case law on residency

UNC Policy and Guidelines related to tuition