North Carolina Residency
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 (or domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least twelve (12) months 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 Carolina resident - that the student did not come to the state solely to attend school.
Other special tuition benefits
Active Military Tuition Benefit
UNC System Employee Tuition Benefit
If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident under state law, you will need to submit a residency application with the North Carolina Residency Determination Services (RDS)
, which is a government agency that serves the entire state. Please note that the application process for in-state residency is separate from the application for admission.
Once you’ve submitted your residency application, RDS will provide you with a Residency Certification Number (RCN), which you should enter in your application for admission.
When should I apply for residency? We recommend completing your residency application as soon as possible. You may complete it before you start or submit your application for admission.
How do I appeal a decision? While decisions about residency were formerly determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, as of February 20, 2017 and going forward, all decisions will be determined by RDS. For additional information, please also refer to the RDS Website’s FAQs.