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What does a college student need to do to establish residency in North Carolina?

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Q. I have a friend in college that wants to establish residency in North Carolina, because she will be continuing her education in North Carolina. What does she specifically need to do to establish her residency, and can you tell me the time involved?

A. In order to establish residency for the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, you must complete this basic checklist:

  • The student must have the capacity to legally make North Carolina their permanent home and be currently residing in North Carolina.
  • The student must perform various actions to make North Carolina their permanent home for indefinite period of time. Examples are: registering your car, work history, filing N.C. taxes, registering to vote, obtaining an N.C. drivers license, etc. You will be asked to provide copies of these supporting documents with your application.
  • The student must have maintained a legal residence for at least 12 months prior to the submitting an application for residency classification.
  • Every applicant must make a statement as to his/her length of residency in the state. A 12-month qualifying period of maintaining a permanent residence rather than a temporary residence incident to enrollment is required to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes.

Special rules and circumstances may affect the assessment of residence for the following students:

  • Minors
  • Married persons
  • Members of the armed forces
  • Aliens and refugees
  • Federal personnel
  • Prisoners

For a residency application for CFCC or for full residency information, contact the Admissions Office in the Galehouse building, call 362-7054, or log onto www.cfcc.edu under Admissions.

For UNCW, once you have been accepted as a UNCW student may you apply for residency purposes by completing the Residency Application along with submitting the necessary supporting documents listed above. A decision will be made in 2-3 weeks from date of receipt of a complete application. If denied, an appeal decision is possible. For a copy of the application, full application process and information visit http://uncw.edu/admissions/Residency.html or call 962-3243.

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