NC Choice Act

Residency for Military Affiliated Students
Military Affiliated students who are not eligible for traditional North Carolina Residency may qualify for a residency exception if they meet the requirements outlined in either of the sections below:

Military Service in North Carolina
Under North Carolina General Statute Section (G.S.) 116-143.3 certain members of the armed services and their dependent relatives may be eligible to be charged a tuition rate less than the out-of-state rate whether or not they qualify as residents for tuition purposes under G.S. 116-143.3.  Individuals serving on active duty whose permanent duty station is North Carolina (including their qualifying dependents) or those individuals who are contracted, actively drilling members of the North Carolina National Guard, who do not otherwise qualify for in-state residency, may be charged tuition and fees at the in-state rate.  Students should begin by completing the Residency Determination Process.  If they are assessed a non-resident status by Residency Determination, but meet the provisions for a residency exception, they should submit the following to the institution:


  • Active Duty:

    • Signed and dated letter on PRE-PRINTED MILITARY LETTERHEAD from the appropriate military authority attesting to your current duty status and installation location.

  • Dependents of Active Duty:

    • Signed and dated letter on PRE-PRINTED MILITARY LETTERHEAD from the appropriate military authority attesting to your military dependency status and the duty status and location of the service member to who you are the spouse or dependent of.

  • National Guard:

    • Signed copy of your contract with the North Carolina National Guard.

Military Veterans Choice Act
Under North Carolina General Statute Section (G.S.) 116-143.3A, certain veterans and other covered individuals, as defined by 38 USC § 3679, may be eligible to be charged the in-state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees for enrollment without satisfying the 12-month residency requirement. Any veteran or dependent of a veteran of the Armed Forces eligible for and receiving Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty), Chapter 31 (Veterans Readiness and Employment), or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill®, or Fry Scholarship), who are living in North Carolina while enrolled at Appalachian State, may qualify for the residency exception.  Beginning with terms starting on or after August 1, 2022, students eligible for and receiving Chapter 35 (Dependents Education Assistance Program) may also qualify.Students are responsible for submitting:

  • Residency Appeal Application 

    • Non-resident Residency Confirmation Number (RCN) from the Residency Determination System

  • Certificate of Eligibility for VA Education Benefits (or Authorization to receive Veterans Readiness and Employment Benefits)

  • Proof of Abode in North Carolina

    • Documentation can include (but is not limited to) a copy of the student's: Lease Agreement, Utility Bill, Drivers License, Dorm Assignment with a valid physical address.  

    • Documentation must be in the student's name