Under state law, North Carolina residents are eligible for a lower tuition rate to both community colleges and state universities, including Central Carolina Community College. In order to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (or domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least twelve (12) months prior the start of a term for which s/he claims classification as a resident for tuition purposes. Each student is classified as an in-state or out-of-state resident upon admission.
If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes, you may apply for in-state resident status by submitting the appropriate forms to the Records Office. Links to the forms and relevant resources are provided below.
If you wish to change your tuition status, please read this page in its entirety for important information.
- The requirements for qualifying as an in-state resident for tuition purposes are described in state statutes (NC G.S. 116-143.1 and 116-143.3) and in the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual for Tuition (the "Manual"). If you believe you meet these requirements, you may apply for residency for tuition purposes.
- Documentation to support your petition for North Carolina residency should be submitted with the residency application form. Please consult the Manual for an illustrative list of the kind of evidence that is helpful to provide in support of your application. Applications that lack sufficient documentation may not paint a complete picture of your claim of North Carolina residency. Applications can only be determined based on the information provided.
- Information regarding financial dependence or independence is relevant to the residence status determination. Please consult the Manual for factors relevant to the evaluation of financial independence.
- You are encouraged to keep a copy of your application prior to submission.
Deadlines are strictly enforced. Residency applications submitted after the deadlines listed below will not be accepted for the current term or session. Only applications received on or before the deadline will be processed. Please retain receipts confirming timely mailing of residency applications.
- A Residency Guide on the application process is available for students interested in applying for in-state resident status.
- Before applying for in-state resident status, we strongly recommend that you also carefully review the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual (the "Manual").
- Please take note of the Residence Application Deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted.
- To apply for in-state resident status, you must complete an application and timely submit it to the Records Office on the Sanford campus.
- All students should complete a Residence and Tuition Status Application and submit their hard copy application and supporting documents directly to the Records Office on the Sanford campus.
- You must submit supporting documentation with your application. Please include any and all documentation that may illustrate how you have established residency in North Carolina. The Manual provides an illustrative list of the kinds of information and conduct that may be considered as evidence.
- You may also need to submit additional information with your main application. Please review the descriptions below and consult the Manual to determine if any special rules apply to you.
- Non-U.S. Citizens. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens must have certain visas and/or approved forms to show that they have the capacity to establish and maintain a domicile in North Carolina. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please provide a copy of your visa or permanent resident card and submit it along with your residency application.
- DACA classification (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students using the NC Employer Sponsored Waiver must supply specific documentation. If you believe this provision applies to you, please complete the Residence Status Waiver Form for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The waiver is only good for one semester and must be renewed following these steps each semester. This policy is subject to change pursuant to state law.
- The Military Waiver Benefit. Under a special provision of North Carolina and federal law, non-resident active duty military personnel and their eligible family members can be charged in-state tuition. If you are a member of the Armed Forces who is on active duty, or the spouse, dependent child or dependent relative of a member of the Armed Forces who is on active duty, you may qualify for the in-state tuition rate. This benefit applies to individuals in the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, and reserve units of these military groups, among others. If you are a member of the North Carolina National Guard, you may also qualify for in-state tuition, regardless of whether you are on active or reserve status. If you believe this provision applies to you, please complete the Residence Status Waiver Form for Members of the Armed Services and Their Dependent Relatives. If additional information is needed, your residency reviewer may contact you.
- Business Sponsored Waivers. The General Assembly has enacted laws applicable only to community colleges that create exceptions to the general requirements for in-state tuition. The NC Employer Sponsored Waiver applies "when an employer other than the Armed Forces . . . pays tuition for an employee to attend [a community college] and . . . the employee works at a North Carolina business location, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate." If a student is employed at a North Carolina business location and the employer of the student working at the North Carolina business location wants to pay for the student to attend a community college, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate. If you believe this provision applies to you, please complete the NC Employer Sponsor Waiver Form. If additional information is needed, your residency reviewer may contact you. The Out-of-State Sponsored Student Waiver can be used in limited numbers based on specific provisions guided by state laws and may be used for a lawfully admitted nonresident of the United States who is sponsored by a North Carolina non-profit entity meeting specific criteria. Please consult the Manual to determine if any special rules apply to you.
- Each application will be reviewed by a residency evaluator within Student Services. If additional information is needed, the reviewer may contact you. Final decisions are sent in writing. For more information on this process, please review the Manual and the college's Guide.
Overview Of Residency Application Process
This information serves as a resource for students who are interested in applying for in-state residency status for tuition purposes at Central Carolina Community College. If you would like more specific information, please consult the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual. The Manual should be your primary resource during this process as it is the college's primary resource for residency guidelines. A current version of the Manual is available online at www.northcarolina.edu.
Please note that there is a difference between being a legal resident of North Carolina and being a legal resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes. A legal resident for tuition purposes is a student who has demonstrated that he or she has been a North Carolina legal resident for at least the twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the school term for which he or she seeks the in-state tuition rate and that he or she intends to make North Carolina his or her permanent home, as opposed to being in North Carolina solely to attend college.
North Carolina Law and Rationale
Since it first became a state, North Carolina has followed the philosophy that educated citizens are necessary to facilitate a democratic government and that the State, therefore, has an obligation to provide for the education of its people. Specifically, Article IX, Section 9, of the State Constitution states:
The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of the University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.
Therefore, while North Carolina welcomes out-of-state students, it considers the privilege of paying a reduced in-state tuition rate to be a taxpayer benefit and necessarily asks those who are not "people of the State" (i.e., not North Carolina legal residents) to assume a greater share of the current cost of their instruction by means of a higher tuition rate.
The specific standards for determining resident status for tuition purposes are set forth in North Carolina General Statute section 116-143.1 (the "Statute"). The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina and the State Board of Community Colleges are jointly responsible for implementing the Statute. These boards established the State Residence Committee (the "SRC"), which is composed of individuals from the institutions within The University of North Carolina and Community College Systems. The SRC has three functions: (1) to decide cases appealed from the universities and community colleges; (2) to recommend changes in the law or policies and procedures by which the law is administered; and (3) to serve as a source of general advice and information on residence questions for the institutions.
Here at Central Carolina Community College, each student is classified upon admission as either an in-state resident or an out-of-state resident. Students who believe that they have been improperly classified or who have experienced a change in residency status may submit a Residence and Tuition Status Application, along with other relevant forms and information.
College administrators trained in the relevant laws and procedures review the application materials and determine whether an applicant qualifies as a resident for tuition purposes. These individuals receive in-depth training, as well as regular annual training, on the laws and issues surrounding North Carolina residency for tuition purposes.
Requirements For In-State Residence Status For Tuition Purposes
Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term, you must show that:
- You have established your legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina;
- You have maintained that domicile for at least twelve (12) consecutive months before the beginning of the term;
- You have a residentiary presence in the state;
- You intend to make North Carolina your permanent home indefinitely (rather than being in North Carolina solely to attend college).
Determination of Intent
Because it is difficult to determine a person's intent to make North Carolina his or her home, consideration is given to a series of actions taken by the student that may indicate a "domiciliary intent." The Manual lists the following considerations which may be significant in determining this intent:
- Do you live in your parent's home?
- Where did you live before enrolling in CCCC?
- Where were or are you permanently employed?
- Where did you file state income tax returns?
- Where did you last attend high school?
- Where do you spend your vacation time (or time off from school)?
- Where are you registered to vote?
- Where have you served jury duty?
- What are your sources of financial support?
- Where have you registered your vehicle?
- Which state issued your current driver's license?
- Where do you own a home or other real estate that serves as your primary residence?
- Where do you keep your personal property?
- Where do you pay taxes on your property?
- Where do you maintain memberships in professional associations, unions, or similar organizations?
Preponderance of the Evidence
Administrators evaluating residency weigh all the documentation provided with an application for in-state residence status. The preponderance (or greater weight) of the evidence must support the establishment of a North Carolina domicile for at least twelve (12) months before the beginning of the academic term (first day of classes) for which residence status is requested. If the evidence shows a cluster of significant events occurring around the same time (within the same week, for example), the reviewer will start counting from that point to determine if the twelve (12) month requirement has been met.
If, instead, the evidence has gradually accumulated over time, the reviewer must decide at what point a preponderance of the evidence shows an intent to establish a North Carolina domicile, and that is the date on which the twelve-month period will begin. If this date is less than twelve (12) months before the first day of classes for the term specified on the application, you will be unable to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes for the term in question.
Applying For In-State Residency Status
All residency applications are term-specific. That is, you must indicate for what term you wish the application to be considered. Please note that a change in residency status cannot be applied to previous enrollment terms. It is very important for you to fill out the residence application form completely and provide supporting documentation for your claim of North Carolina residency. You are encouraged to respond to requests for additional information as quickly as possible. If you feel that your answers to the questions on the form do not provide an accurate picture of your case, please attach a written explanation and provide any additional information that may help explain your position. If your answers are confusing, or if the form is not filled out completely, the decision may be made only on the information provided.
Some questions on the application form ask about your activities during a specific period of time. If something happened outside the time period that you believe may be relevant, please include that information as well. For example, one question asks you to list the last time you obtained a driver's license. If you obtained a North Carolina driver's license three years ago and then obtained a new license two months ago due to a change of address, please provide both dates, even though the first one was more than twenty-four (24) months ago, to provide a complete history.
For many students, the residency classification process is simple and occurs at the time of application for admission. If you were born in North Carolina and have lived in the State all your life, you will probably be one of many students who are classified as North Carolina residents. Questions to help determine your initial residency status are embedded as part of your application for admission.
If you lived in another state at the time of application, still have strong ties to another state, or have lived in North Carolina for only a short period of time, the process may be more complicated. More information will be required to determine whether you are a legal resident of North Carolina. Tangible evidence of your residency claim should be attached to your application. Please see the Manual for an illustrative list. Please keep a copy of all application materials for your records.
Students who have been classified as nonresidents or who have experienced a change in residence status may apply for in-state residence status for tuition purposes. To begin the process, please complete the Residence and Tuition Status Application and any other relevant forms and submit the form(s), along with supporting documentation, to the Records Office. Please complete this form and return it no sooner than ninety (90) days before the term for which you are seeking in-state residence status. Please provide as much information as possible with your application. Tangible evidence of your residency claim should be attached to your application. Please see the Manual for an illustrative list. Please keep a copy of all application materials for your records.
Individuals who are not U.S. citizens must have certain visas and/or approved forms to show that they have the capacity to establish and maintain a domicile in North Carolina. Please consult the North Carolina Manual for Tuition for a complete description of the policy. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a verification of your Visa or permanent residency card will be required to establish the capacity to apply for residency.
For non-US citizens with DACA classification, the General Assembly has enacted laws applicable only to community colleges that create exceptions to the general requirements for in-state tuition. See N.C.G.S S 115D-39. In response to questions regarding whether the community college tuition exceptions noted in N.C.G.S S 115D-39 apply to students with DACA classification, legal counsel for the NC Community College System has provided the following information:
- Business sponsor exception - Pursuant to N.C.G.S S 115D-39(a), "when an employer other than the Armed Forces . . . pays tuition for an employee to attend [a community college] and . . . the employee works at a North Carolina business location, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate." If a student with DACA classification is employed at a North Carolina business location and the employer of the DACA student working at the North Carolina business location wants to pay for the DACA student to attend a community college, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate.
The student must provide the documentation to show his Deferred Action status. The employer must be an incorporated business that is listed on the NC Secretary of State's website and the business must provide a letter of sponsorship on company letterhead. More specific required documentation is provided on the waiver.
Please be aware of the application deadlines for each semester. All conditions necessary for achieving in-state status must still be satisfied prior to the beginning of the academic term for which the student is seeking reclassification. Once a residency status has been determined for a specific semester, residency status will not change for a shortened session within that semester. Appeals to the Residence Appeals Board that do not comply with institutional procedures and deadlines are subject to dismissal.
Applications with all supporting documentation should be filed prior to the start of the term in which the student wishes to qualify for in-state status. In-state residency status will not be applied retroactively to a term. It is recommended that students file their Residency application at least 30 days prior to the start of the academic term. Term start dates are listed below:
|Summer Session 2014 begins May 21, 2014||Recommended Submission Date: APRIL 17, 2014|
|Fall Semester 2014 begins August 18, 2014||Recommended Submission Date: JULY 14, 2014|
|Fall 12-week Session 2014 begins September 16, 2014||Recommended Submission Date: AUG. 11, 2014|
|Fall 2nd 8-week Session begins October 16, 2014||Recommended Submission Date: SEPT. 15, 2014|
|Spring Semester 2015 begins January 12, 2015||Recommended Submission Date: DEC. 1, 2014|
|Spring 12-week Session begins February 10, 2015||Recommended Submission Date: JAN. 5, 2015|
|Spring 2nd 8-week Session begins March 12, 2015||Recommended Submission Date: FEB. 9, 2015|
|Summer Session 2015 begins May 18, 2015||Recommended Submission Date: APRIL 13, 2015|
No additional documentation, nor any new application, will be accepted for the specified term or session after the drop/add period has ended for that term or session. Students cannot be coded differently as in-state status or out-of-state status for shorter sessions within a semester.
Once you submit your Residence and Tuition Status Application, you will receive one of the following responses:
- A request for more information regarding your application. Tangible evidence of your residency claim should be attached to your application. Please see the Manual for an illustrative list. If additional requests for information are made, you should respond promptly with the requested information and any other information that you believe may be relevant, no later than one week after you receive the request. If you do not respond to the request within the one week time period, your application may not be considered for the term of application and you will continue to be classified as a non-resident. You will have an opportunity to reapply for a later term.
- A letter stating that you have been classified as a resident for tuition purposes for the term in question; If you are classified as a North Carolina resident, you will likely maintain this classification so long as you remain continuously enrolled in your current program. You must, however, notify the college if you experience a change in circumstances affecting your residence status.
- A letter stating that you have been classified as a non-resident for the term in question; If you are classified as a non-resident, you may appeal the decision to the Central Carolina's Residence Appeals Committee. Your appeal must be submitted to the Appeals Committee in Hockaday Hall via the Records Office within ten (10) business days from the time your classification letter is sent. The appeal must be in writing and signed by you.
If you are classified as a non-resident, you may appeal the decision to the college's Residency Appeals Committee. The Committee consists of administrators within the college who are familiar with residency guidelines and who receive extensive training about the residency classification process.
Requests for appeals must be submitted to the Appeals Committee via the Records Office within ten (10) business days of your classification letter being sent. The appeal must be in writing and signed by you.
Upon receipt of your appeal, your file will be forwarded to the Committee. During the committee review, members may find the need to ask you for additional documentation to support your application. Your appeal letter provides you the opportunity to make a statement or further explain the information provided in your application. You may also provide any additional, relevant documentation to the committee. You should receive a decision from the Committee within 7-10 days of the appeal review. Decisions are provided in writing and sent to you via U.S. Mail.
If you are classified as a non-resident by the Committee, you may either reapply for classification as an in-state resident (e.g., for the next applicable term) if you feel that your circumstances have changed, or you may appeal the decision of the Board to the State Residence Committee. You have ten (10) calendar days from receipt of the Board's decision to file a notice of appeal. To do so, you must send a written and signed declaration of your intent to pursue an appeal before the State Residence Committee to the Vice President of Student Services at Central Carolina Community College. The grounds for appeal to the State Residence Committee are: (1) that the institution's decision was made in disregard of or mistake with reference to the requirements of law or Manual policy; (2) that Manual provisions as currently stated do not address the present issue presented by the institution's decision which is alleged to constitute a violation of state and/or federal law; (3) the Manual provisions as currently stated are at variance with subsequently developed case law pertinent to the institution's decision; and/or (4) that the institution's decision is not supported by an evidentiary record providing a reasonable basis for the conclusion reached. More information about the procedures for appealing to the State Residence Committee is provided in the Policies and Procedures of the State Residence Committee. The State Residence Committee does not hold hearings but, instead, will consider your appeal entirely on the written record.