Each student admitted into the University is initially classified as either a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes by the appropriate admitting office.
If a student chooses to petition a reclassification of his or her residence status, application must be made to the appropriate office as indicated below. Students who wish to file a petition for reclassification should first familiarize themselves with the statutory provisions and then submit a completed Residence Reclassification Application (along with the required additional documentation) to the appropriate office no later than midnight on the 5th day of the term in question:
For GRADUATE STUDENTS:
The Graduate School
241 Mossman Building
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: (336) 334-4551
Fax: (336) 334-4424
For UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:
The University Registrar’s Office
180 Mossman Building
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
Phone: (336) 334-3728
Fax: (336) 334-3649
For more detailed information on residency and the process of applying for a reclassification, please follow the appropriate links in the column on the right.
In order to apply for the in-state tuition benefit, you will need to complete and submit and "Residency Reclassification Application Form" along with ALL documentation per question 35 on page 9 on the application, to the appropriate office as indicated above.
If any of the Supplemental Applications apply to you, you will need to complete and submit the relevant supplemental form as well along with required documentation.
PDF versions of the forms are available at this link:
Once you compile your packet, you may mail it, fax it, or bring it by the appropriate office as indicated above.
Only PDF documents are accepted by e-mail.
Note: E-mail is not guaranteed secure and is therefore not recommended for transmittal of documents.
The burden of proof is on the applicant to provide evidence to support his or her claim to the in-state tuition benefit.
The residency classification process is based on North Carolina General Statute 116-143.1 as set forth by the North Carolina State Legislature.
NC Residency Manual
The “North Carolina State Residence Manual” is available at this link, and selected are below:
The cost to attend the University is the same regardless of a person’s residency classification. However, if a person is classified as “in-state” for tuition purposes, then that individual is charged a lower tuition rate while the State of North Carolina subsidizes the difference. Specifically:
"The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a publicly supported institution. Tuition payments and other required fees meet only a part of the total cost of the education of students enrolled. On the average, for each full-time student enrolled in an institution of The University of North Carolina, the State of North Carolina appropriated $12,668 in public funds to support the educational programs offered." (General Administration Memorandum, March 30, 2011).
“… the state’s policy is to provide the benefits of its institutions of higher education at as low a cost as is practicable to those students whose quality and duration of residence in North Carolina render them ‘people of the State.’” (North Carolina Residency Manual, page 4)
“…the General Assembly has enacted detailed laws for determining who does – and who does not – qualify for the lower in-state tuition.” (Manual page 4)
In general, a student must show that he or she has a bona fide domicile (which includes also having the independent financial capacity to establish domicile), 12 month continuous duration immediately prior to the enrolled term, and intent to remain in NC permanently. The reason that an applicant is classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes is because there is not a preponderance of evidence provided to support classification as a resident for tuition purposes. (Manual 12-13)
1) Primie Facie
"Under North Carolina law, the domicile of the student’s living parent(s) or legal guardian is prima facie evidence of the student’s domicile. The student’s domicile is therefore presumed to be that of his or her living parent(s) or legal guardian. In these cases, the student has the opportunity to either rebut (argue against) or reinforce (argue for) this legal presumption by the information he or she supplies to the college or university." (Manual page 24)
2) Domicile (definition)
"A person's true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation of indefinite duration (for an indefinite period of time) it is the place where he or she intends and is able to remain permanently and to which, whenever the person is absent, he or she expects to return...One is not guaranteed under the law, however to always have a state in which he or she qualifies as a resident for tuition purposes. A person can have multiple residences, but only one domicile at a given time." (Manual 8)
3) Bona Fide (definition)
"A person must demonstrate that he or she has established a bona fide, as opposed to a temporary, domicile when seeking residency classification. A bona fide domicile is one in which the person’s relevant conduct and motivation evidences a genuine desire to establish legal residence in North Carolina as opposed to actions performed for some reason other than to make North Carolina the person’s permanent home (such as to become eligible for in-state tuition)." (Manual 7)
4) Capacity (definition)
"Legal ability to establish residence unimpeded by other factors such as age or non-immigration status. For purposes of legal residence for tuition purposes, capacity includes the ability to remain in North Carolina permanently through one’s own financial resources (a student’s financial resources may sometimes include financial aid; see the definition of “Independent” for further information about financial aid)." (Manual 7)
"Evidence...includes actions that would normally be characteristic and expected of any permanent resident...however, no single factor or combination of factors may be considered conclusive evidence of domicile." (Manual 8) "...the balance of all the evidence must show that there is a preponderance of evidence supporting the student's claim of domicile...more of the evidence than not must consist of a cluster...of information that the student established domicile in North Carolina at a point in time at least 12 months prior to the domiciliary classification." (Manual 13)
6) Financial Independence (definition)
"An independent is a person who is legally entitled to claim, and in fact does claim, himself or herself on income tax returns, is not claimed by another person as a dependent on that person’s income tax return, and possesses sufficient funds to live and pay tuition and fees at the person’s current residence classification without outside financial assistance. If a student qualifies as “independent” for financial aid purposes, that student’s financial aid is not considered “outside financial assistance” for purposes of this Manual. Generally speaking, a student cannot be approved as a resident for tuition purposes if that student is financially dependent upon his or her parents or legal guardian(s) who are not legal residents of North Carolina. Parent-financed, parent-guaranteed, or co-signed loans are considered indicators of financial dependence by the student on the parents. It is important to note that a person may not be financially independent for purposes of determining domicile even if his or her parents do not claim the person as a dependent for income tax purposes. Failure to claim a person as a dependent does not, in and of itself, establish that the person is in fact financially independent. Financial independence must be established through detailed inquiry by the institution as part of the residence classification process." (Manual 9)
(Note: If a student's parent information was required for FAFSA materials, the student is not considered "independent" for financial aid purposes).
"The law requires examination not only of what actions a student took to establish domicile, but also why the student performed those actions. If the student has shown by express statements or other actions appearing in the record that his or her entry into the State was motivated by academic enrollment and that the stay in North Carolina is not for the purpose of making North Carolina his or her permanent home, then the student’s intent behind the domiciliary actions must be taken as other than bona fide (good faith and genuine) domiciliary intent, and the application for in-state status must be denied." (Manual 13)
8) Resident for tuition purposes (definition)
"A person who has established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least 12 months (365 days) immediately prior to his or her classification as a resident for tuition purposes. The applicant must establish that his or her presence in the State is, and during the required preceding 12 months was, for the purpose of maintaining a bona fide domicile rather than maintaining a temporary residence incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education." (Manual 10)