Prospective students must fulfill specific requirements to qualify as North Carolina residents for tuition purposes; and, if eligible, must complete and submit a residency form with their application.
Residence Status for Tuition Purposes
- A residency form must be completed by every applicant to UNC-Chapel Hill claiming eligibility for in-state tuition.
- North Carolina law (G.S. 116-143.1) requires that "To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least 12 months immediately prior to his or her classification as a resident for tuition purposes." One year prior to submitting a residency application, a student must have demonstrated his or her intent to remain a North Carolina resident, and that the student did not come to the state solely to attend school.
- If you think you qualify for in-state tuition rates, you should download and complete the residency application for graduate/professional students. Additional forms apply for married students and for those who are not U.S. citizens. Residency application forms are available in PDF at the Office of the Registrar web site: http://registrar.unc.edu.