Residency for Tuition Purposes
Graduate students currently classified as non-residents who wish to apply for in-state residency for tuition purposes should apply here through the “Online Tuition Reclassification Application” button found below. This application is only for currently admitted and enrolled students apply for Fall 2018. If you are still in the admissions process for Fall 2018 and have not yet received full admission to The Graduate School, do not use this application. You should find the short NC Residence Form on the lower left-hand side of your application dashboard. If you are applying to a Graduate Program with an admit term in 2019, please go to ncresidency.org for your residency determination.
|Enrollment Semester||Application Deadline|
|Fall||September 5th (10th day of class, Fall semester)|
Address: NCSU Residency Officer
1020 Main Campus Drive
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695-7102
Office Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday
Residency Determination has been centralized for the state of North Carolina. Applicants and currently enrolled students who are claiming NC Residency or wish to apply for in-state residency for tuition purposes, are required to go through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service.
If you are applying to a Graduate Program with an admit term in 2019, please go to ncresidency.org for your residency determination. Then follow the instructions on your admission application and applicant portal to enter your Residency Determination Number (RCN).
Newly admitted and currently enrolled students: Once you have received confirmation from RDS of a validated residency decision, you will need to provide or update your Residency Determination Number (RCN) in NC State’s self-service residency page: go.ncsu.edu/residencystatus. Instructions for completing the process are included on this page. NOTE: you must have a unity ID to login.
Any questions and concerns can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-835-2290, or 844-319-3640.
The tuition classification laws described here apply to all constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina – Public System and are taken from NC G.S. 116-143 and the North Carolina State Residence Manual.
Reasons why you may be seeing Out-of-State on your bill or admission letter, even after receiving a decision of In-State from RDS:
- Residency classifications from RDS are only valid for 15 months. Therefore, if you have applied to a graduate program and completed your RDS determination over 15 months prior to the start of your admit term, your tuition classification at the time of admission will show as Out-of-state. This is the case even if you initially received a decision of In-state from RDS. You will need to go back to RDS to request a “reconsideration” that should extend the expiration date of your In-state determination. Ideally, you would do this about a year, or less than 15 months before the start of date of your first semester of enrollment.
- Expiration dates of documents are factor in RDS determinations. If you are an international student holding a visa or green card with an expiration date prior to the start date of your intended or next semester of enrollment, your residency determination will have an expiration date matching your visa or green card document.
- RDS is strict with all dates, including students who fall under the Active Duty Military Exception (outlined below). The report date on the active duty member’s military orders or affidavit determines the day the student’s eligibility for in-state tuition begins. Until it is exactly that date, the student’s residency determination will show as out-of-state.
Basic Requirements of Legal Residency
- Have 12 months of physical presence in North Carolina.
- Have held legal residency for at least 12 months prior to the start of the requested term.
- Demonstrate that you are a legal resident of North Carolina and not just temporarily residing in the state as a student.
- Have not had any significantly long breaks in physical presence in North Carolina for the past 12 months.
- Have the financial and legal ability to establish a domicile.
- Be (mostly) financially independent from non-North Carolina parents or guardians.
- Not be a tax dependent of non-North Carolina parents or guardians.
- Be able to show that you can financially support yourself independent of any out of state sources.
- Have an independent financial aid status, if using financial aid.
- Demonstrate the intent to make North Carolina your home aside from attending school.
- Complete a cluster of residency acts a year prior to the start of the requested term.
- Not hold ties to another state that would indicate you are a resident of that state.
- Explain why some residency acts may not have been able to be completed, if that is the case.
- Active-Duty Military Stationed in North Carolina, their spouses and their dependents (legal residency is not required to use this benefit).
- Full-Time UNC System Employees, their spouses and their dependents (you must be a legal resident of any duration to use this benefit).
If you currently residing in North Carolina and married to a legal North Carolina resident, you are permitted to use your spouse’s time in the state and residentiary acts as your own. Your own abode must be in North Carolina.
International students may or may not have the capacity to establish a domicile. For those who have capacity, the requirements are the same as those for U.S. Citizens. Examples of eligible immigration classifications are:
Permanent Resident, A-1, A-2, E-1, E-2, E-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, H-1B, H-1C, H-4, I, K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, L-1A, L-1B, L-2, N, O-1, O-3, P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, R-1, R-2, T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, T-5, TPS, U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5, V-1, V-2, and V-3
Those who do not have capacity cannot qualify as residents for tuition purposes, regardless of any other factors. Ineligible immigration classifications include: B, C, D, F, J, M Q, S, and TN visas and DACA