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Under North Carolina General
116-143.1, a person may qualify as a resident for tuition purposes
in North Carolina
thereby eligible for a tuition rate lower than that for nonresidents. This benefit is reserved for those
individuals who are actual legal residents of North Carolina; that is, those who
will continue to contribute to the state.
The North Carolina General Assembly, by and
its enactment, has indicated that it wants the lower tuition to be
to NC legal residents. There is no
automatic right to be classified as an in-state student, and it
student’s burden to show the College that he/she is a legal resident
tuition purposes. The following
parameters are the basics for determining residency classification:
- Capacity and Presence—the student must have the
ability to make NC his/her permanent home and must be physically
present in the
state of NC.
Intent—the student must perform
various actions as evidence of making NC his/her permanent home (a
which he/she intends to always return).
- Duration—the student
must become a legal resident and remain a
legal resident for at least twelve months immediately prior
classification thereby maintaining a domicile (permanent home of
Because Carteret Community College is a state-supported institution,
we’re required to determine whether or not each student is a legal
resident of North Carolina. Because residency can be complicated, and
because residency applications are considered individually, please use
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
- That you have maintained that domicile for at
least twelve continuous months.
The starting point: establishing domicile
student’s domicile is his/her permanent dwelling place of indefinite
and is established by:
Birth or operation of law—a
minor (under age 18) is presumed to have the domicile of his/her
- Choice—a person may
establish domicile of his/her choice.
Actions and activities: establishing
requisite domiciliary intent is tested by evaluating relevant,
verifiable conduct or actions of the student such as:
or not living in the
home of one’s parents
of financial support
of taxes: income and
and time away
one enters the state
property is kept
licensure and/or insurance
of real property
as a “homestead”
to vote and
Qualifying period: establishing duration of
applicant must make a statement as to his/her length of residency in
state. A 12-month qualifying period
of maintaining a bona fide domicile rather than a temporary residence
to enrollment is required to qualify as a resident for tuition
is the student’s responsibility to provide the College with the
necessary information to prove in-state status.
Any student or prospective student in doubt concerning their residence
status must bear the responsibility for securing a ruling by stating
their case in writing to the Admissions Officer. The student, who, due
to subsequent events, becomes eligible for a change in
classification, whether from out-of-state to in-state or the reverse,
has the responsibility of immediately informing the Office of
Admissions of this circumstance in writing. Failure to give complete
and current information regarding residence constitutes grounds for
Remember the bottom
Presence + Intent + 12 Months
Appeal of Residency Classification
A student appeal of residency classification decision must be made
within ten (10) working days of the date the student is informed of the
initial decision. Such appeal must be made in writing to the Senoir
Director of Student Services (Director) who will immediately transmit
appeal to the Appeals Committee. The Admissions Officer shall not vote
on the disposition of such appeal. The student shall be notified of the
date set for consideration of the appeal and, on request of the
student, the student shall be afforded an opportunity to appear and be
heard by the Committee. Any student desiring to appeal a decision of
the Appeals Committee shall give notice in writing of the fact within
ten (10) days of receipt by the student of the decision of the Appeals
Committee, and the basis for such appeal, to the Director. The Director
shall promptly transmit the appeal
to the State Residence Committee.
Regulations concerning the classification of students by residence for
purposes of applicable tuition differentials are set forth in detail in
A Manual to Assist the Public Higher
Education Institutions of North Carolina
in the matter of
student residence classification for tuition purposes. Each enrolled
student is responsible for knowing the contents of the manual, which is
the controlling administrative statement of policy on this subject.
Physical copies of the Manual are available for review in the Carteret
Community College Office of Admissions and the
Carteret Community College Library.
If you have been classified as an out-of-state student for tuition
purposes, and have been a "resident" of North Carolina for twelve
consecutive months, you may apply for "in-state status." For
a NC Residency Application, contact the Admissions Office in the McGee
building or click
for a printable version.
a copy of the North Carolina
116-143.1) governing the eligibility for residency to
in-state tuition, please visit the following address:
can be initiated through
the Admissions Office.
Please call if you have specific questions or to make
an appointment to determine your status.
H.J. McGee, Jr. Building, Enrollment Management
Phone: (252) 222-6155
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Last updated 08/31/2010.