NC Residency Requirements
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.
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.