In order to qualify for the resident tuition rate, North Carolina law (G.S. 116-143.1) requires that a legal resident must have maintained domicile in North Carolina for at least the 12 months immediately prior to classification as a resident for tuition purposes. The student cannot qualify for in-state tuition if he or she is claimed as a dependent by a parent or guardian who is not a N.C. resident.
Proof of residency includes being employed within the state of North Carolina, paying NC taxes, having a current NC driver’s license, and voting in NC. Anyone having a question regarding resident status should contact the Admissions Office in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center.