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North Carolina Residency

Each student is classified as an out-of-state resident UNTIL and UNLESS they have submitted a residenty application that resulted in a "RESIDENT" reclassification.  Prospective and current students must submit a residency application and fulfill specific requirements to qualify as North Carolina residents for tuition purposes. Under state law, North Carolina residents are eligible for a lower tuition rate to state universities, including The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the "University").  In order 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.  Each in-state student must demonstrate evidence of his or her intent to remain a North CAroilna resident - that the student did not come to the state solely to attend school.

If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes, you may apply for in-state resident status by submitting the appropriate forms directly to the MBA Admissions Office.  Links to residency application forms, the Residency Classifier Manual and relevant resources are provided below as well as on the University Registrar's Office Residency webpage.

Applicants for admission:

All applicants will have an opportunity to apply for residency status at the time they complete the electronic MBA Admissions application. The online MBA application includes preliminary residency questions on the personal information page(s). If a classification cannot be made based on the information provided within the MBA admissions application, you will be prompted within by the application checklist to submit the residency application form. A copy of the residency application form can be found on the University Registrar's Office webpage

Current students:

Current students may apply for residency reclassification for any term during which they are enrolled by submitting the residency application form directly to the MBA Admissions Office. A copy of the residency application form can be found on the University Registrar's Office webpage. Students should refer to the deadlines below for specific information on when applications will be accepted.

In-State Tuition Application Procedure

When submitting the residency application, you must submit supporting documentation with your application.  Include any and all documentation that may illustrate how you have established residency in North Carolina.  The Manual provides an illustrative list of the kinds of information and conduct that may be considered as evidence.  Supporting evidence includes additional forms needed, such as the Non-U.S. Citizens' Residence Status Form, the supplemental Marital Provision form and Military Tuition Benefit forms.  [Note:  all instances of social security numbers and reference to sensitive identifying information should be blacklined before submitting to the MBA Admissions Office].

When using the .pdf Residency Application, all full-time MBA Program residency applications MUST be submitted in paper form via either email, fax, or postal delivery service.

Residence Status for Tuition Purposes Summary

  • A residency form must be completed by every applicant to UNC-Chapel Hill claiming eligibility for in-state tuition. Upon applying for admission to the MBA Program, applicants will have an opportunity to apply for residency status. Current students may also submit a residency application for any upcoming semester after admission. Specific deadlines do apply. The default status for all applicants is "out-of-state", and thus an application is required for in-state tuition consideration.
  • If you believe you meet the requirements of NC G.S. ' 116-143.1 or 116-143.3, please submit your application and supporting documentation to the MBA Admissions office by 5pm on the 10th day of the semester. The following applications must be received by the first day of class in either the fall or spring semester for consideration:
    • Active Military Tuition Benefit
    • UNC System Employee Tuition Benefit
    • UNC System Dependent/Spouse Benefits
  • All residency applications for the full-time MBA Program MUST be submitted in paper form via either email, fax, or postal delivery service to:
    • Fax: (919) 962-0898
    • Email:
    • MBA Admissions
      UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
      Campus Box 3490
      Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
      ATTN: Sharon Moore, Suite 2114
  • It is your responsibility to provide the documentation necessary to support your claims for in-state residency for tuition purposes by the applicable deadlines. All documentation must be submitted to the MBA Admissions Office; no new documentation will be accepted should the reclassification be appealed.

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