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Residency

Because we’re a public institution, students who qualify as North Carolina residents under state law are eligible for lower tuition. Also because we’re a public institution, we reserve more places in our entering classes for students who are North Carolina residents.

If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident under state law, you will need to submit a residency application with the North Carolina Residency Determination Services (RDS), which is a government agency that serves the entire state. Please note that the application process for in-state residency is separate from the application for admission.

Once you’ve submitted your residency application, RDS will provide you with a Residency Certification Number (RCN), which you should enter in your application for admission.

When should I apply for residency? We recommend completing your residency application as soon as possible. You may complete it before you start or submit your application for admission.

How do I appeal a decision? While decisions about residency were formerly determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, as of February 20, 2017 and going forward, all decisions will be determined by RDS. For more information about how to appeal your decision, please visit the University’s Residency website and click on Undergraduate Students. For additional information, please also refer to the RDS Website’s FAQs.

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