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 following the instructions provided by your admissions office.
Undergraduate students who are claiming North Carolina residency for tuition purposes, are required to submit a residency application with the North Carolina Residency Determination Services (RDS) at www.ncresidency.org.
Currently enrolled students who are requesting a reclassification should follow these steps:
- If you have not previously gone through RDS, contact your admissions office for information on completing your RDS application and providing a Residency Certification Number (RCN).
- If you have already gone through RDS and have an RCN, you may enter your RCN in your ConnectCarolina Student Center as shown below:
If you are claiming North Carolina residency for tuition purposes, follow the instructions in your application for admission. For additional information, contact your admissions office. Please see the Manual for an illustrative list. Please keep a copy of all application materials for your records.
Please review the content below and the content in the navigation bar on the left (under Residency) for additional information.
- Only applications post-marked on or before the deadline will be processed.
- Please retain receipts confirming timely mailing of residency applications.
Importatnt: Click to view a list of application forms to include with residency applications.
- You must submit supporting documentation with your application. Please include any and all documentation that may illustrate how you have established residency in North Carolina.
The Manual provides an illustrative list of the kinds of information and conduct that may be considered as evidence.
- 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.