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If you are a North Carolina resident you’re eligible for a lower tuition rate. To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, you must have established legal residence (or domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least twelve months prior to your classification as a resident for tuition purposes. In-state students must also demonstrate evidence of their intent to remain a North Carolina resident, showing that you did not come to the state solely to attend school.

Other Special Tuition Benefits

If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident under state law, you’ll need to submit a residency application with the North Carolina Residency Determination Services (RDS), a government agency. 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? All decisions about residency are determined by RDS. For more information, please refer to the RDS Website’s FAQs.

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