North Carolina Residency Information

State of North Carolina

Click here for a printable brochure on NC Residency Classification.

Under North Carolina General Statutes, NCGS 116-143.1, a person may qualify as a resident for tuition purposes in North Carolina and 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 have and will continue to contribute to the state.

The North Carolina General Assembly, by and through its enactment, has indicated that it wants the lower tuition to be available only to NC legal residents.  There is no automatic right to be classified as an in-state student, and it is the student’s burden to show the College that he/she is a legal resident for tuition purposes.  The following parameters are the basics for determining residency classification:

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: 

The starting point: establishing domicile

A student’s domicile is his/her permanent dwelling place of indefinite duration and is established by:

Actions and activities:  establishing intent

The requisite domiciliary intent is tested by evaluating relevant, objectively verifiable conduct or actions of the student such as:

·   living or not living in the home of one’s parents                             ·   source of financial support

·   payment of taxes: income and property                                         ·   vacations and time away

·   work history                                                                                ·   time one enters the state

·   place where personal property is kept                                           ·   driver’s license

·   car registration and/or licensure and/or insurance                          ·   ownership of real property as a “homestead”

·   registration to vote and voting history                                            ·   jury duty

·   income tax withheld                                                                     ·   community activities

·   personal activities                                                                         ·   “roommate” actions and activities

Qualifying period: establishing duration of 12 months

Every applicant must make a statement as to his/her length of residency in the state.  A 12-month qualifying period of maintaining a bona fide domicile rather than a temporary residence incident to enrollment is required to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes.


It 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 disciplinary action.

Remember the bottom line:

 Capacity + 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 the 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 here for a printable version.

For a copy of the North Carolina statute (G.S. 116-143.1) governing the eligibility for residency to qualify for in-state tuition, please visit the following address:

For more information on Active Duty Military or Military Dependent status for residency, click here.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify the College if North Carolina residency is lost or abandoned while enrolled. Contact the Admissions Office at the information listed below.

Students registered solely for non-credit continuing education courses do not need to establish tuition residency.

RESIDENCE STATUS INQUIRIES can be initiated through the Admissions Office. Please call if you have specific questions or to make an appointment to determine your status.

Admissions Office
H.J. McGee, Jr. Building, Enrollment Management
Phone: (252) 222-6155

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Last updated 08/31/2010.