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 student is classified as an in-state or out-of-state resident upon admission.
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 to the Admissions Office through which you were last admitted.
Please review the content below and the content in the navigation bar on the left (under Residency) for additional information.
- Non-U.S. Citizens
Individuals who are not U.S. citizens must have certain visas and/or approved forms to show that they have the capacity to establish and maintain a domicile in North Carolina. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please complete a Residence Status Supplemental Form for Non-U.S. Citizens and submit it along with your application.
- UNC System Employees and Their Families
Permanent, full-time employees of The University of North Carolina System (including UNC Health Care) and their spouses or dependent children may qualify for in-state tuition even if they have not maintained a North Carolina domicile for the required 12 consecutive months.
If additional information is needed, your admissions office may contact you.
- The Marital Provision
Marital status does not affect the residency analysis and, therefore, you are not required to divulge your status or provide information about your spouse. There is, however, a marital provision that allows an applicant who marries a North Carolina legal resident to count the length of time the resident spouse was domiciled in North Carolina for purposes of satisfying the 12-month durational requirement.
If you believe this provision applies to you, please complete a Residence Status Supplemental Form for the Marital Provision and submit it along with your application.Evidence your spouses’ domicile and certificate of marriage is also required.
- The Military Benefit
Under a special provision of North Carolina and federal law requires that non-resident active duty military personnel and their eligible family members be charged in-state tuition. If you are a member of the Armed Forces who is on active duty, or the spouse, dependent child or dependent relative of a member of the Armed Forces who is on active duty, you may qualify for the in-state tuition rate. This benefit applies to individuals in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and reserve units of these military groups, among others.
If you believe this provision applies to you, please complete the Residence Status Supplemental Form for Members of the Armed Services and Their Dependent Relatives. If additional information is needed, your admissions office may contact you.
- If you are a member of the North Carolina National Guard, you may also qualify for in-state tuition, regardless of whether you are on active or reserve status.
If you believe that you may qualify, please complete a Residence Status Supplemental Form for Members of the North Carolina National Guard. If additional information is needed, your admissions office may contact you.
- Spouses and Children of Deceased or Disabled Law Enforcement or Emergency Workers
If you are a law enforcement or emergency worker who was disabled in the line of duty, or if you are the spouse or child of a law enforcement or emergency worker who was disabled or killed in the line of duty, you may qualify for a tuition waiver.
If you believe that this provision applies to you, please complete a Residence Status Supplemental Form for Spouses and Children of Deceased or Disabled Law Enforcement or Emergency Workers If additional information is needed, your admissions office may contact you.
- The requirements for qualifying as an in-state resident for tuition purposes are described in:
- state statutes (NC G.S. 116-143.1 and 116-143.3)
- North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual for Tuition (the “Manual”).
If you believe you meet these requirements, you may apply for residency for tuition purposes.
- Documentation to support your petition for North Carolina residency should be submitted with the residency application form. Please consult the Manual for an illustrative list of the kind evidence that is helpful to provide in support of your application. Applications that lack sufficient documentation may not paint a complete picture of your claim of North Carolina residency.
- Information regarding financial dependence or independence is relevant to the residence status determination. Please consult the Manual (p. 9) for factors relevant to the evaluation of financial independence.
- Applicants age 24 or younger are encouraged to provide a copy of their parents’ most recent income tax return. Applications that omit this information may not provide a complete picture of financial independence.
- A detailed financial review is conducted regardless of an applicant’s academic level. Evidence of sufficient funds to live and pay tuition and fees at your current residence classification is conducted. Please consult the Manual (p. 9) for factors relevant to the determination of financial independence.
- Do not provide Social Security numbers, personal account numbers, insurance numbers, credit card numbers, or personal health identification information on any application forms or attachments.
- Employees are not automatically classified as residents for tuition purposes because of their University employment, even if they are participating in the Tuition Waiver Program offered through the Office of Human Resources. The Tuition Waiver Program is benefit that is entirely separate from the residence status for tuition purposes process.
- You are encouraged to keep a copy of your application prior to submission.
Each application will be reviewed by your admissions office.
If additional information is needed, your admissions office may contact you. Final decisions are sent in writing. For more information on this process, please review the University’s Guide.