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.
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.
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.
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.
Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term, you must show that:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.