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Residency Policy

Because we're a state-supported institution, we're required to determine whether or not each student is a legal resident of North Carolina. Because the laws governing residency can be tricky, and because residency applications are considered individually when a student applies for admission to the University, we offer the following as general guidelines.

Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term you must prove:

  • that you established your domicile in North Carolina twelve months before the first day of classes for that term, and
  • that you have maintained that domicile for at least twelve continuous months.

To prove that you've established a bona fide domicile in North Carolina, you must prove:

  • that you were physically present in the state,
  • with the intent to make North Carolina your permanent home indefinitely, and
  • that you were not in North Carolina solely to attend college.
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