In compliance with state law, the University of North Carolina system now requires Undergraduate, Ag Institute, and Non-degree students to request a residency classification from the new Residency Determination Service (RDS).
According to the North Carolina General Assembly (North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-143.1(b)), a student qualifies as a resident for tuition purposes if he or she has:
- an established legal residency (domicile) in North Carolina
- maintained that legal residence for at least 12 continuous months prior to being considered for in-state residency
The State Residency Laws and Policies offers complete information on residency statutes, as well as explanations as how the two qualifications above are evaluated.