As a member of the armed services, the North Carolina National Guard or a military dependent, if you do not qualify as a North Carolina resident-for-tuition-purposes, you may still be eligible to pay a reduced tuition rate if you meet the eligibility requirements for the Military Tuition Benefit (N.C.Gen.Stat. Sec. 116-143.3).
Note: The Benefit only determines the amount of tuition you pay. You must still qualify academically for admission.
To be eligible for the Military Tuition Benefit as a member of the armed services, you must
- Be a member of the US Air Force, US Army, US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, US Navy, North Carolina National Guard, or a member of a reserve component of one of these services
- Be on active duty, be stationed on permanent status in NC
NOTE: Members of reserve components are not eligible for the Benefit unless they have been called up for active duty, except North Carolina National Guard members on reserve status.
Before you give the admissions office your completed Military Tuition Benefit application, you must attach the following affidavit from an appropriate military authority:
- An affidavit attesting to your duty status, PCS orders, and location (a copy of your military orders will not satisfy this requirement)
NOTE: Appropriate military authorities include commanding officers, payroll office administrators, base education officers, and similar authorities. You cannot sign the affidavit.
To qualify for the Military Tuition Benefit as a military dependent, you must
- Be the military dependent of a member of the armed services who is stationed in North Carolina (PCS orders) on active duty
- Be living with that service member
- Be registered with the Selective Service System, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26
Military dependents who qualify for the Military Tuition Benefit pay the in-state tuition rate.
If you have been ruled eligible for the Benefit and the service member through whom you qualify is transferred out of North Carolina during that academic year, you will continue to get the Benefit if you are continually enrolled.
Before you give the admissions office your completed Military Tuition Benefit application, you must attach an affidavit from the appropriate military authority that:
- Says you are the military dependent of a service member (If the affidavit does not say “military dependent” it is unacceptable.)
- Gives the name of the service member
- Says that the service member through whom you claim the Benefit is on active duty stationed in North Carolina on PCS
NOTE: The affidavit must be signed by an “appropriate military authority.” This includes commanding officers, payroll office administrators, and base education officers.
Important: You cannot sign the affidavit, and the service member through whom you claim the Benefit cannot sign the affidavit.
Get in touch with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information and to receive a copy of the form.
Members per above who qualify for the military tuition benefit will pay the in-state tuition rate and all mandatory fees.
Also, if the service member transferred out of North Carolina, but continues his/her enrollment status, he/she will continue to pay the in-state tuition rate (see statute for complete text).