If you wish to change your tuition status, please read this page in its entirety for important information.

  • 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) and in the 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.

Deadlines are strictly enforced. Residency applications submitted after the deadlines listed below will not be accepted. Only applications post-marked on or before the deadline will be processed. Please retain receipts confirming timely mailing of residency applications. Please visit the Office of the University Registrar website or write to residency@unc.edu for additional information.

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Applications with all supporting documentation and evidence must be received by your office of admissions 5:00 pm on the following dates:

  • Maymester and Summer Session I 2015 – May 27, 2015
  • Summer Session II 2015 – July 6, 2015
  • Fall Semester 2015 – August 31, 2015
  • Spring Semester 2016 – January 25, 2016