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Am I a NC Resident?

In order to receive in-state tuition and State financial aid consideration, you must be a NC resident. 

A North Carolina resident for tuition purposes (and for State financial aid consideration) is a person, or a dependent person (dependent according to IRS tax code – not the FAFSA definition of dependency), whose parent or legal guardian has established and maintained legal residence in North Carolina for at least 12 months.

Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state residency, students and/or parents must show that they: 

  • Have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina, and 
  • Have maintained that domicile for at least twelve (12) consecutive months before the beginning of the term, and
  • Have a residentiary presence in the state, and
  • Intend to make North Carolina their permanent home indefinitely (rather than being in North Carolina solely to attend college).

What if I am not a NC Resident?

Those who aren’t eligible for classification as a North Carolina “resident for tuition purposes” will be charged out-of-state tuition and not be given consideration for State financial aid. Students can get more information about residency and complete a determination at

Can I Apply to be a NC Resident?

To apply for official residency determination please visit Remember, under North Carolina law you must qualify for in-state residency.