NC Residency

Residence Application Filing Deadlines

  • Spring 2017: January 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

**No late applications will be accepted**

If you are currently not classified as a resident for tuition purposes and want to apply for the in-state tuition benefit, please file your application with the University Residency Officer by the appropriate times and dates as listed on this page.

Determining Residency Status for Tuition Purposes

The requirements to qualify for in-state tuition are set out in the North Carolina General Statutes. Detailed explanations are in the State Residence Manual

The basis for determining the appropriate tuition charge rests upon whether a student is a resident or a nonresident for tuition purposes. See an overview on the Residency Status for Tuition Purposes page.

Send completed applications to:

University Residency Officer
Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 32009
Boone, North Carolina 28608

ALL of the following must apply before completing a residency application:

  • You have received a letter notifying you of your admission to the University
  • The admissions letter states that you are admitted as a non-resident
  • One of the following:
    • You have been a full legal resident of North Carolina for 365 consecutive days and the 365 days were reached prior to the first day of class in the term in which you are applying for in-state residency status for the purpose of tuition
    • You are a member of the North Carolina National Guard

Direct Links to General Administration

State Residence information

State Residence Manual [PDF]

State Redidence Committee Policies and Procedures [PDF]

Contact Information

Questions about the laws can be answered by appointment or by calling or e-mailing the University Residency Officer at resofficer@appstate.edu at 828.262.7961.

NC Residency FAQ

Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term, you must prove that you established your legal residence in NC 12 months prior to the start of the term, that you have maintained your legal residence in NC for at least 12 continuous months, and that you are here for a purpose other than school.

All students seeking a residency review must complete a Residence and Tuition Status Application and provide any additional supplemental forms and supporting documentation that may be required. In order to request a review of one's residency status for a particular semester, the application must be submitted to the residency officer in the Office of the Registrar no later than the 10th day of class for that semester. The application filing deadlines can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Applications are processed in the date order that they are received. It may take up to two weeks for your application to be reviewed. If additional documentation is needed, you will be notified by email to your ASU email account. All of the information and documentation that you provide is reviewed. You will be notified of the decision by a letter mailed to your permanent address.

Yes, if it applies to you. Providing the documents will assist the residency officer in reviewing your application while applying the requirements of North Carolina residency law. Be sure to make copies of your documentation prior to submitting your information to the Office of the Registrar. Copies will not be made by the Office of the Registrar and documentation submitted with your application cannot be returned.

Not necessarily. Providing the documents assists the residency officer in reviewing your application while applying the requirements of North Carolina residency law. No one can be assured a favorable decision.

This refers to a cluster of significant events demonstrating domicile (physical presence and intent) to establish legal residence. North Carolina is not a checklist state, which means that North Carolina residency for tuition purposes is not based on performing a specific set of acts. All of the information you provide on your application and through your supporting documentation is taken into consideration and is used to determine whether a preponderance (or greater weight) of evidence supports the establishment of North Carolina domicile at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the term in which you are seeking reclassification.

Students who apply for residency are not guaranteed a favorable decision. As a result, students should be prepared to pay the out-of-state tuition rate and to make the necessary payment arrangements with the Student Accounts Office prior to the bill payment deadline. If you are approved, your tuition charges will be adjusted to reflect the in-state tuition rate.

Any change in your circumstances, either favorable or unfavorable, must be reported to Office of the Registrar. Students are responsible for updating their contact information and ensuring that their address information on their student record is correct through their AppalNet account.

The reason anyone is denied in-state residency is stated in the decision letter as follows: "Based upon your application and the supporting documentation, you do not meet the requirements as prescribed by the North Carolina General Statues." Residency for tuition purposes is not based on one factor alone. All of the facts presented in an application supported by documented evidence are taken into consideration when determining whether the preponderance, or greater weight, of evidence supports North Carolina residency.

Through documented evidence, the student must prove that he/she moved to North Carolina for reasons other than attending an institution of higher learning and that he/she established a permanent residence, and maintained it for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the term of school for which in-state classification is sought. Some students may never qualify as an in-state resident for tuition purposes, particularly if the student applies for admission to the University from another school and attends school full-time semester after semester. The burden of proof is on the student to present documented evidence that he/she moved to the state for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a bona fide domicile, instead of merely maintaining a temporary residence incident to enrollment at the University.

Yes. Your residency decision letter will provide you with instructions on how to request an appeal to the University Appeals Committee. If you request an appeal, the Residency Officer will submit your documentation to the chair of the University Appeals Committee. All further correspondence regarding the appeal will come from the chair of the committee.

After your hearing, you will be notified of the decision by a letter mailed to your permanent address. If you appeal and the committee overturns the decision, your tuition charges will be adjusted to reflect the in-state tuition rate.