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. Note that RDS determines your residency based on your status at the time you submit your residency application.
How do I appeal a decision? If you believe there is an error in your classification, you may submit a residency appeal or request for reconsideration. For additional information, please also refer to the RDS Website’s FAQs.
I was classified as a non-resident, but I believe I’ll be an NC resident at the start of the Fall term. Can you evaluate my application as an in-state student? We’re required to evaluate applications based on the residency determined by RDS when you submit your residency application.
I applied for admission early action and was classified as a non-resident, but I believe I will be classified as an NC resident by March. Can I change my application to regular decision? Yes, prior to the release of early-action admissions decision in January, you may request a change from early-action to regular decision if you believe you’ll be reclassified as an NC resident prior to the release of regular decisions at the end of March.
I was denied admission as a non-resident, but I have been reclassified as an NC resident. Will you re-evaluate my application? Students who were denied admission as non-residents and are later reclassified as NC residents will generally not be re-evaluated. However, applicants may choose to appeal their admission decision by following the admissions appeals procedure.
I was admitted as a non-resident, but have been reclassified as an NC resident. Will I pay in-state tuition and fees? Yes, if you’re enrolling, you will pay in-state tuition and fees as long as your NC residency classification is made within 30 days of the start of the term. If the reclassification is made after the 30-day cutoff, the NC tuition and fees will be effective your next enrolling term. To ensure the University receives your reclassification, you must click on the “NC Residency Reconsideration or Appeal” link in your ConnectCarolina Student Center.
Do I qualify for residency if my parent, spouse, or I am a UNC employee? Permanent full-time employees (including their spouses and dependent children) of the University of North Carolina System and UNC Health Care who have established their legal residence in NC qualify as NC residents even if they have not maintained their residence for 12 consecutive months. Legal residence is defined as the place where the person intends to remain and live permanently. For additional information, refer to RDS Student FAQs.
To be considered for this exception, follow these steps:
- Submit an RDS application at ncresidency.org.
- Complete the UNC-Chapel Hill Supplement for UNC System Employees.
Do I qualify for residency if my parent, spouse, or I am a veteran? The Veterans Choice Act is federal legislation that provides in-state tuition to certain veterans and their spouses and dependents.
To be considered for this exception, students are required to: