Residency for the Purpose of Determining Tuition

Consistent with North Carolina’s public policy of providing the benefits of higher education as free as practicable to the people of our state, the General Assembly has placed stringent criteria on who qualifies as a bona fide resident of this state for tuition purposes. While each institution of higher education within the state must allow students a chance to demonstrate that they are bona fide residents of the state pursuant to the provisions of the NC State Residence Classification Manual and applicable laws, the burden of proof of in-state resident status for tuition purposes rests on the student.

Residency Deadlines: 
All applications must be received before the end of Add/Drop for the term or period for which an adjustment is sought. Students with pending cases must be prepared to pay the out-of-state rate until their case is resolved. Students who pay the out-of-state rate and who are later determined to in-state will receive a refund for the difference.

Attention Teachers:

The special provision to waive the twelve month domiciliary requirement for teachers and other employees of North Carolina Public Schools who take courses relevant to teacher certification or for professional development as a teacher was repealed effective July 1, 2011. The NC Residency Classification Manual does not yet reflect this legislative change, however, the change is in effect.  

Contact Information

New Undergraduate Students:
Office of Admissions
102 Cordelia Camp Building
Cullowhee NC 28723
(828) 227-7317

Continuing Undergraduate Students:
Registrar's Office
206 Killian Annex Building
Cullowhee NC 28723
(828) 227-7216

New & Continuing Graduate Students:
Graduate School
110 Cordelia Camp Building
Cullowhee NC 28723
(828) 227-7398


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