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. If you are still in the application process 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 an undergraduate or non-degree seeking student, please go to for your residency determination, NOT the Reclassification Application on this page.

As of February 20, 2017, UNC General Administration now oversees and processes all residency determinations, reclassification requests, and appeals for all new and continuing undergraduate and non-degree seeking students. Therefore, all undergraduate or NDS students who are currently classified as out-of-state residents, who would like to apply for in-state residency for tuition purposes, are required to go through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service.

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:  Instructions for completing the process are included on this page.

Any questions and concerns can be directed to:, 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.

The forms and procedures described below are primarily intended for students who are currently enrolled as non-residents for tuition purposes, and are desiring to seek a change in tuition residency classification to in-state status. Applicants to NC State typically have their initial tuition residency status determined based on responses they provide as part of their admissions application.  An NC State Unity account is required in order to complete this residency application.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment Semester Application Window Opens Application Window Closes
Summer Session I March 1 3rd day of class, Summer Session I
Summer Session II March 1 3rd day of class, Summer Session II
Fall March 1 10th day of class, Fall semester
Online Tuition Reclassification Application

Basic Requirements of Legal Residency

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Special Exceptions

  1. Active-Duty Military Stationed in North Carolina, their spouses and their dependents (legal residency is not required to use this benefit).
  2. Full-Time UNC System Employees, their spouses and their dependents (you must be a legal resident of any duration to use this benefit).

Marriage 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

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

Contact Information

Telephone: 919-513-1287
Fax: 919-513-0570
Address: NCSU Residency Officer
1020 Main Campus Drive
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695-7102
Office Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday