In-State Residency

In-state residency is regulated by state law; in order to gain in-state residency you must

1) establish your legal residence (“domicile”) in North Carolina,

2) maintain that domicile for at least 12 consecutive months before the beginning of the term in which you apply for in-state residency,

3) maintain a residentiary presence in the state, and

4) intend to make North Carolina your permanent home indefinitely (see NC General Statues, Chapter 16, Article 14:

In-state residency is only available to US citizens who are not claimed as dependents on another’s taxes. While there is no checklist or guaranteed formula for gaining residency,completing the following tasks will greatly enhance your application: obtain a NC drivers license and register your vehicles in NC (seeFinding Utilities and More); register to vote and pay taxes in NC; transfer your finances to local institutions (see Finding Utilities and More); and become involved in the community (see Religious Centers and Town Happenings). Apply for in-state residency (as soon as you are eligible) here:

o Why? While there are many justifiable reasons for obtaining residency, most departments are eager to pay the reduced tuition costs for
an in-state student!

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Fellowships / Grants:

The Graduate School maintains a list of local and national grants and fellowships for dissertation
completion, research funding, and other scholarly activities. You can also sign up to view descriptions and receive alerts at

o Why? While many folks are offered funding through their department, sometimes the funding offered is inadequate or missing entirely.
Also, fellowships and grants are great items to include on your résumé or CV!

Financial Aid:

The first step to receiving need-based financial aid is by completing a FAFSA form

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Tax and other Legal Assistance:

UNC Volunteer Tax Assistance (through the UNC Law School) provides free assistance in preparing
your North Carolina tax forms. UNC Student Legal Services will also provide tax assistance, as well as other free legal assistance to UNC students.

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§ Confirm the portion of tuition and student fees your department will pay and what you will be responsible for.

§ Tuition and fees are typically charged on an annual basis. To view the current tuition and fee rates, visit the Student Account Services website at

§ Many campus services that are financed through student fees, like Campus Health and Campus Recreation, are only available to current fee-paying
students. If you try to access these services in the summer (if you are not enrolled in classes), you will be asked to pay a prorated fee for the services
or be denied service.


§ Created by the GPSF, GradAlert! informs students about changes at the local, state, and national levels that affect graduate
and professional students, such as healthcare, student debt, federal loans, tuition, residency, and graduate student stipends; see

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