NC Residency Information

Under North Carolina General Statute, NCGS 116-143.1; a person may qualify as a resident for tuition purposes in North Carolina and thereby be 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 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:
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 place to 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 to classification thereby maintaining a domicile (permanent home of indefinite duration).

Because Carteret Community College is a state-supported institution, the college is 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 term; and
•That you have maintained that domicile for at least twelve continuous months.


The starting point: establishing domicile

A students domicile is his/her permanent dwelling place of indefinite duration and is established by:
• Birth or operation of law – a minor (under age 18) is presumed to have the domicile of his/her parents.
• Choice – a person may establish domicile of his/her choice.

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
  • vacations and time away
  • payment of taxes: income and property
  • work history
  • time one enters the state
  • place where personal property is kept
  • drivers license
  • ownership of real property as a “homestead”
  • car registration and/or licensure and/or insurance
  • 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.


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 Dean 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 Henry 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 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.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the students 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
E-mail: Phone: (252) 222-6155