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Click here for a printable brochure on NC Residency Classification.
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 students 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:
Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term you must prove:
The starting point: establishing domicile
A students 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:
Qualifying period: establishing duration of 12 monthsEvery 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.
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. The residency application and all supporting documents MUST be turned in to the admissions office within 10 business days of the first day of the semester for which you seek in-state classification.
For more information on Active Duty Military or Military Dependent
status for residency, click here.
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.
Page Last Modified:September-09-2013
Carteret Community College
3505 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone: (252) 222-6000