The State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) is the authoritative source for all residency determinations in North Carolina. Session Law 2015-241 authorized the State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) to perform all functions necessary to implement the coordinated and centralized Residency Determination Service (RDS) to apply the criteria in G.S. §116-143.1.This statute addresses the specific standards for determining resident status for tuition purposes. Undergraduate students applying for admission and claiming in-state residency for tuition purposes or currently enrolled students seeking a reconsideration after March 1, 2017, must visit www.NCresidency.org for more information or to apply.
All state universities are partially supported by the taxes of that state's residents. As an investment for subsidizing the cost of education for all students, each state provides a lower "in-state" tuition fee for all taxpayers and their children.
North Carolina has invested many resources in creating one of the best state university systems in the country and makes extensive efforts to offer an affordable education to its residents. The reason that tuition is relatively low in North Carolina is due to the large contribution by North Carolina taxpayers to the state university system. In fact, North Carolina taxpayers contribute about 40% of this cost.
The quality of the education and the rich variety of programs at East Carolina University has made ECU very appealing to many out-of-state students. Because ECU is a state-supported institution which is heavily supported by North Carolina taxpayers, it is important to assess whether students are truly North Carolina residents with regard to tuition purposes. The stringent laws accompanying this status are meant to protect the investment by the North Carolina taxpayer. When being considered for in-state residency for tuition purposes, all evidence furnished in an application for residence status is considered. The preponderance (or greater weight) of the evidence must support any claims made for in-state residency for tuition purposes.
Following are guidelines to help you understand North Carolina residency for tuition purposes.
Residency Determination Service (RDS)
The purpose and mission of RDS is to provide leadership and administration of residency determinations in accordance with North Carolina residency laws and applicable federal statutes. The RDS goal is to provide students access to transparent information and the opportunity to claim NC residency in a simple, accurate and straight forward manner. At the present time, RDS is available for Undergraduate Students only. Please see the Graduate Residency Page if you are a Graduate student, Medical or Dental candidate, seeking in state residency for tuition purposes.
Applications, Forms and Instructions:Applications for military waivers or Choice Act must be submitted along with all supporting documentation by 5pm on the 10th class day for which in-state residency for tuition purposes is being sought.
The Residency Manual and General InformationThe NC Residency Manual contains the governing statutes, definitions of legal terms, regulations, and other relevant information including some examples. You may wish to begin with East Carolina University's Understanding Residence Status for Tuition Purposes which is intended as a quick reference containing general information only. Applicants should begin the process with the understanding that the legal definition of "residence for tuition purposes" is not the same as most commonly used definitions of the term "resident."NC Residency ManualUnderstanding Residency Status for Tuition Purposes
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