Qualifying for North Carolina resident tuition

The state of North Carolina partially subsidizes the cost of North Carolina public college and university tuition for all students whose domicile, or permanent legal residence, is in North Carolina. Residency determination establishes if students should have in-state or out-of-state tuition. Because North Carolina residency status is governed solely by North Carolina statute, lack of eligibility for in-state status in another state does not guarantee in-state status in North Carolina. The residency statute mandates only those who can demonstrate a minimum of twelve months of uninterrupted domicile (legal residence) in North Carolina are eligible for in-state tuition. The statute also places the burden of proof on the student to establish, by a preponderance of evidence, that they are a bona fide domiciliary rather than mere residents of North Carolina.

The Residency Determination Service (RDS) was established in coordination with the University of North Carolina (UNC), the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) as the centralized service for determining residency for students. This service enables a student to use one residency determination for admissions applications to multiple North Carolina public colleges and universities and to demonstrate residency for state aid programs consideration at all (public and private) North Carolina colleges and universities.

Students who are not currently enrolled at UNC-CH and who claim to be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes must complete the RDS residency process at www.ncresidency.org.  You will receive a Residency Certification Number (RCN).  Your RCN will be required to complete your enrollment request for Carolina Courses Online or Self-paced Courses.


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Welcome to the Friday Center's online registration system. There are two types of courses available for registration in this system. Before proceeding, please read these brief descriptions:

I certify that I have read the statements above about North Carolina residency and RDS. I understand that if I claim to be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes and I am not currently attending UNC-CH, that I must submit my RCN to complete this enrollment request.
Carolina Courses Online (CCO): These fully online courses operate on the regular semester schedule (spring, fall, both 5-week summer sessions, and one extended 10-week summer term). All courses originate and credit is granted from UNC-Chapel Hill. Note that students interested in earning their bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill through the College of Arts and Sciences are limited to eight (8) online courses.
Self-paced Courses: Distance-based online (SPCo) or correspondence (SPCc) courses that can be started and completed at the student's own pace. Courses originate from and credit is granted by nine institutions in the UNC system.
You will need to complete a separate registration process for each program listed above (CCO or SPC). After registering in either program, you can then register for a course in the other program by starting a new registration process. If you are registering for Carolina Courses Online in more than one semester, you will need to complete a separate registration for each term.

For more details about these programs, see the Carolina Courses Online or Self-paced Courses Web pages.