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Military Admission - Residency

If you are active-duty or a military dependent of an active duty service member and you do not qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, you may still be eligible for the Military Tuition Benefit. The service member must still be on active duty status on the first day of classes for the admitted term in order to be eligible for the benefit (i.e. date of discharge must be after the first day of classes for the admitted term).

Under this special North Carolina statute, members of the armed services stationed in North Carolina on active duty and their dependents may be eligible to pay a reduced tuition rate which is equivalent to the in-state tuition rate. You must file a special application (Military Residency Form) for the benefit that includes an affidavit on official letterhead confirming active military status and duty station and military dependent status if applicable (Confirmation of Command Residency Letter - Active-Duty Sample | Dependent of Active-Duty Sample).

NC Veteran's Choice Act
We are accepting applications for the Veteran’s Choice Act benefit. This benefit provides the in-state tuition rate to qualified veterans and dependents.

To be eligible for the benefit, the veteran or dependent student using a transferred post 9/11 G.I. Bill must:

  • Enroll in an institution of higher learning within three years of discharge from active duty service of 90 days or more prior to the first day of the semester the students intends to enroll in. 
    (Ex. Spring 2016 semester begins January 11th, veteran service member must have a discharge date after January 11, 2013 and before January 10, 2016 regardless if the benefit is being used by the veteran or dependent student.)   
  • Demonstrate “proof of abode” in North Carolina
    (Ex. copy of NC driver’s license, copy of lease/letter from landlord, copy of NC utility bill, etc.)   
  • Intend to establish residency in North Carolina
  • Be eligible for and using Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty Education Assistance Program) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 Educational Assistance) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

To apply, use the appropriate application form, ‘Veteran’s Choice Act Residency Form’. The application and required documentation must be submitted to the Office of the Admissions by the beginning of the semester the student is applying to. 

Questions may be directed to militaryadmissions@uncw.edu.


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