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1 State Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes Training 2010 North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of State Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes Lesson 5 Special Rules under the Law of Domicile Roger Sims North Carolina State University

2 Members of the Armed Forces and Their Families

3 Active duty personnel in the armed services, and their spouses, dependent children and dependent relatives may be eligible for in-state tuition. If they qualify for admission, they may qualify for in-state tuition in two ways:

4 Members of the Armed Forces and Their Families Active duty personnel in the armed services, and their spouses, dependent children and dependent relatives may be eligible for in-state tuition. If they qualify for admission, they may qualify for in-state tuition in two ways: As a domiciliary of the State

5 Members of the Armed Forces and Their Families Active duty personnel in the armed services, and their spouses, dependent children and dependent relatives may be eligible for in-state tuition. If they qualify for admission, they may qualify for in-state tuition in two ways: As a domiciliary of the State Under a special provision of North Carolina and federal law requiring that non-resident active duty military personnel and their eligible family members be charged in-state tuition. OR

6 Members of the Armed Forces and Their Families A North Carolina domiciliary does not lose in-state status simply by joining the armed services or by being assigned outside North Carolina by the military.

7 As a domiciliary of the State the service member generally enlists from North Carolina and maintains North Carolina as their state of legal residence while in active status. The legal state of residence can be verified with copies of the active service members Leave and Earnings Statement (a.k.a. LES) along with other usual supporting documentation. Members of the Armed Forces and Their Families A North Carolina domiciliary does not lose in-state status simply by joining the armed services or by being assigned outside North Carolina by the military.

8 As a domiciliary of the State the service member generally enlists from North Carolina and maintains North Carolina as their state of legal residence while in active status. The legal state of residence can be verified with copy of the active service members Leave and Earnings Statement (a.k.a. LES) along with other usual supporting documentation. Members of the Armed Forces and Their Families A North Carolina domiciliary does not lose in-state status simply by joining the armed services or by being assigned outside North Carolina by the military The domiciled active duty member who is assigned outside of North Carolina has the burden of proving that North Carolina residency has been maintained by providing documentation in support of that claim.

9 Recent federal law allows the spouses of military personnel to retain legal residency (domicile) in the spouses home state for voting and tax purposes after relocating from that state to accompany the military member. Being able to retain legal residency for voting and tax purposes may make it easier for the spouse to retain domicile status in his or her home state.

10 Under a Special Provision of North Carolina and Federal Law or G.S The service members permanent duty station must be in North Carolina as of the first day of the semester or term for which the in-state tuition benefit is requested.

11 Under a Special Provision of North Carolina and Federal Law or G.S The service members permanent duty station must be in North Carolina as of the first day of the semester or term for which the in state tuition benefit is requested. Eligibility is confirmed by a letter (on military letterhead) from the service members commanding officer or personnel officer indicating the following information:

12 Under a Special Provision of North Carolina and Federal Law or G.S The service members permanent duty station must be in North Carolina as of the first day of the semester or term for which the in state tuition benefit is requested. Eligibility is confirmed by a letter (on military letterhead) from the service members commanding officer or personnel officer indicating the following information: Name of service member

13 Under a Special Provision of North Carolina and Federal Law or G.S The service members permanent duty station must be in North Carolina as of the first day of the semester or term for which the in state tuition benefit is requested. Eligibility is confirmed by a letter (on military letterhead) from the service members commanding officer or personnel officer indicating the following information: Name of service memberConfirmation of active status

14 Under a Special Provision of North Carolina and Federal Law or G.S The service members permanent duty station must be in North Carolina as of the first day of the semester or term for which the in state tuition benefit is requested. Eligibility is confirmed by a letter (on military letterhead) from the service members commanding officer or personnel officer indicating the following information: Name of service member Permanent duty station location Confirmation of active status

15 Under a Special Provision of North Carolina and Federal law or G.S The service members permanent duty station must be in North Carolina as of the first day of the semester or term for which the in state tuition benefit is requested. Eligibility is confirmed by a letter (on military letterhead) from the service members commanding officer or personnel officer indicating the following information: Name of service member Permanent duty station location Any pending discharge information Confirmation of active status

16 If a non-domiciled active duty member of the armed services or eligible family member qualifies for the instate tuition rate and his or her military status changes, the following rules apply:

17 Reassignment. If the active duty member is reassigned to a military base or installation outside of North Carolina, the service member and his or her spouse and dependent relatives will continue to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate as long as the service member, spouse, or dependent is continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which they were enrolled at the time of reassignment. The service members dependent must continue to be a dependent to qualify for the benefit.

18 If a non-domiciled active duty member of the armed services or eligible family member qualifies for the instate tuition rate and his or her military status changes, the following rules apply: Reassignment. If the active duty member is reassigned to a military base or installation outside of North Carolina, the service member and his or her spouse and dependent relatives will continue to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate as long as the service member, spouse, or dependent is continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which they were enrolled at the time of reassignment. The service members dependent must continue to be a dependent to qualify for the benefit. Retirement. If the active duty member retires, the service member and his or her spouse and dependent relatives will continue to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate as long as they remain continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which they were enrolled at the time of retirement. The service members dependent must continue to be a dependent to qualify for the benefit.

19 Honorable Discharge. If the active duty member receives an Honorable Discharge (no other type of discharge will qualify), the service member is eligible for the in-state rate if he or she establishes legal residency in North Carolina within thirty days of discharge and is continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which he or she was enrolled at the time of Honorable Discharge. A dependent relative of an honorably discharged service member must establish legal residency within thirty days after the discharge, remain continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which the dependent was enrolled at the time of discharge, and remain a dependent of the service member who is honorably discharged to continue to be eligible for the in-state rate.

20 North Carolina National Guard Any member of the North Carolina National Guard, regardless of whether the person is a legal resident of North Carolina, is eligible for in-state tuition rate during the Guard members period of service whether in a reserve or active status.

21 North Carolina National Guard Any member of the North Carolina National Guard, regardless of whether the person is a legal resident of North Carolina, is eligible for in-state tuition rate during the Guard members period of service whether in a reserve or active status. The in-state tuition benefit does not apply to the spouses or dependents of non-resident Guard members unless the Guard member is serving in North Carolina on active duty.

22 North Carolina National Guard Any member of the North Carolina National Guard, regardless of whether the person is a legal resident of North Carolina, is eligible for in-state tuition rate during the Guard members period of service whether in a reserve or active status The in-state tuition benefit does not apply to the spouses or dependents of non-resident Guard members unless the Guard member is serving in North Carolina on active duty. Military reservists (other than those of the North Carolina National Guard) must be on active duty to qualify for the in-state tuition benefit.

23 North Carolina National Guard Any member of the North Carolina National Guard, regardless of whether the person is a legal resident of North Carolina, is eligible for in-state tuition rate during the Guard members period of service whether in a reserve or active status The in-state tuition benefit does not apply to the spouses or dependents of non-resident Guard members unless the Guard member is serving in North Carolina on active duty. Military reservists (other than those of the N.C. National Guard) must be on active duty to qualify for the in-state tuition benefit. Supporting documentation must include a copy of the members enlistment documents showing the members name, home of record, place of enlistment, date of enlistment and length of time of enlistment commitment.

24 Non-Military Federal Personnel, Volunteers, and Missionaries Federal employees may establish domicile for themselves and their dependents by the usual requirements of residential acts plus intent.

25 Non-Military Federal Personnel, Volunteers, and Missionaries Federal employees may establish domicile for themselves and their dependents by the usual requirements of residential acts plus intent. Individuals employed by federal agencies such as the United States Foreign Service, State Department, and volunteers with government agencies such as the Peace Corps must establish and maintain domicile for tuition purposes under the general rules of domicile.

26 Non-Military Federal Personnel, Volunteers, and Missionaries Federal employees may establish domicile for themselves and their dependents by the usual requirements of residential acts plus intent. Individuals employed by federal agencies such as the United States Foreign Service, State Department, and volunteers with government agencies such as the Peace Corps must establish and maintain domicile for tuition purposes under the general rules of domicile. Similarly, individuals who participate in programs such as Teach for America or who are missionaries affiliated with religious organizations may establish domicile in this state and maintain that domicile during their absence.

27 Non-Military Federal Personnel, Volunteers, and Missionaries Federal employees may establish domicile for themselves and their dependents by the usual requirements of residential acts plus intent. Individuals employed by federal agencies such as the United States Foreign Service, State Department, and volunteers with government agencies such as the Peace Corps must establish and maintain domicile for tuition purposes under the general rules of domicile. Similarly, individuals who participate in programs such as Teach for America or who are missionaries affiliated with religious organizations may establish domicile in this state and maintain that domicile during their absence. There is not, however, a specific statutory provision under North Carolina law that grants special residence status for tuition purposes for federal personnel, Volunteers, or missionaries.

28 Non-U.S. Citizens Persons who are not U.S. citizens but who have certain visa and immigration statuses that grant them the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in this country are subject to the same considerations as U.S. citizens in determining residence status for tuition purposes.

29 Non-U.S. Citizens Persons who are not U.S. citizens but who have certain visa and immigration statuses that grant them the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in this country are subject to the same considerations as U.S. citizens in determining residence status for tuition purposes. First, determine the immigration status of the applicant based on the visa category through evidence of either of the following:

30 Non-U.S. Citizens Persons who are not U.S. citizens but who have certain visa and immigration statuses that grant them the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in this country are subject to the same considerations as U.S. citizens in determining residence status for tuition purposes. First, we must determine the immigration status of the applicant based on the visa category through evidence of either of the following: A valid A-1, A-2, E-1, E-2, E-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, H-1B, H-1C, H-4, I, K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, L-1 A, L-1B,L-2, N, O-1, O-3, P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, R-1, R-2, T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, T-5, U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5, V-1, V-2, V-3, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, or NATO-6 visa status

31 Non-U.S. Citizens Persons who are not U.S. citizens but who have certain visa and immigration statuses that grant them the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in this country are subject to the same considerations as U.S. citizens in determining residence status for tuition purposes. First, we must determine the immigration status of the applicant based on the visa category through evidence of either of the following; A valid A-1, A-2, E-1, E-2, E-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, H-1B, H-1C, H-4, I, K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, L-1 A, L-1B,L-2, N, O-1, O-3, P-1, P-2, P-3, P-4, R-1, R-2, T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, T-5, U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, U-5, V-1, V-2, V-3, NATO-1, NATO-2, NATO-3, NATO-4, NATO-5, or NATO-6 visa status. Eligibility for in-state tuition under any of these visa statuses lasts only so long as the time frame of the authorized stay under the applicable visa status. Non U. S. citizens with these visa classifications should be initially classified as non- resident pending confirming documentation from USCIS.

32 A pending Application to Adjust Status (Form I-485 receipt notice) and an approved Immigrant Petition (Forms I-130, I-360, or I-140).

33 One of the following: (1) A Permanent Resident Card I-551; or (2) A USCIS-issued notice of approval of Application to Adjust Status (I-485); or (3) A current Conditional Permanent Resident Card. (issued for 2 year period only. A current Conditional Permanent Resident should be initially classified for only the period of time for which the Conditional Permanent Resident card was issued.

34 A pending Application to Adjust Status (Form I-485 receipt notice) and an approved Immigrant Petition (Forms I-130, I-360, or I-140). One of the following: (1) A Permanent Resident Card I-551; or (2) A USCIS-issued notice of approval of Application to Adjust Status (I-485); or (3) A current Conditional Permanent Resident Card. (issued for 2 year period only. A current Conditional Permanent Resident should be initially classified for only the period of time for which the Conditional Permanent Resident card was issued. Refugee or asylee status with approval documentation.

35 Non-U.S. citizens present in the United States under certain visa statuses such as tourists, visitors on business, and temporary foreign/international students do not have the legal capacity to establish a bona fide domicile in this country (and thus, not in North Carolina).

36 Non-U.S. citizens present in the United States under certain visa statuses such as tourists, visitors on business, and temporary foreign/international students do not have the legal capacity to establish a bona fide domicile in this country (and thus, not in North Carolina). B, C, D, F, J, M, Q, S, and TN visas (and dependent visas for spouses and children such as a TD visa) cannot establish domicile with these documents

37 Non-U.S. citizens present in the United States under certain visa statuses such as tourists, visitors on business, and temporary foreign/international students do not have the legal capacity to establish a bona fide domicile in this country (and thus, not in North Carolina). B, C, D, F, J, M, Q, S, and TN visas (and dependent visas for spouses and children such as a TD visa) cannot establish domicile with these documents An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is a document that provides non-U.S. citizens with the authorization to work in this country. An EAD, in and of itself, does not give the EAD holder the legal capacity to establish residency for tuition purposes in this state.

38 Prisoners/Inmates A person neither establishes nor loses legal residence in a state solely by reason of being imprisoned there. As a practical matter, it is extremely difficult for a prisoner to demonstrate a change in legal residence since a prisoner cannot perform most of the domiciliary actions.

39 Married Persons Applicant may use the time in North Carolina for the North Carolina spouse to meet the 12-month requirement for in state tuition. The qualifying event (the wedding) must have occurred prior to the first day of the term for which the in-state tuition rate is requested. Qualification for this benefit is determined by information provided by the applicant including the North Carolina resident spouses residency information and legally valid marriage documentation. North Carolina law defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

40 Public School Teachers Any teacher and other public school personnel paid on the North Carolina teacher salary schedule is eligible for in-state tuition if the teacher has established a legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina; and is employed full-time by a North Carolina public school Under this provision, the teacher is not required to have maintained his or her legal residence in North Carolina for the 12 months immediately prior to residence classification. Application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the first day of the semester or term for which the benefit is requested.

41 Full-Scholarship Students This benefit is only available to undergraduate students who are receiving full scholarships other than athletic scholarships Under this provision, full cost means an amount calculated by the constituent institution that is no less than the sum of tuition, required fees, and on campus room and board. Full scholarship means a grant that meets the full cost for a student to attend the constituent institution for an academic year.

42 Permanent full-time employees of the University of North Carolina Legal residents of North Carolina qualify as residents for tuition purposes even if they have not maintained legal residency for the required 12 consecutive months. Spouses and dependent children (using income tax dependency as the standard) of full-time UNC employees who are legal residents also qualify for this benefit. UNC Employees and Their Families Application and all supporting documentation must be submitted no later than the first day of the semester or term for which the benefit is requested.

43 The Academic Common Market Program Academic Common Market (ACM) is a program of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and is a cooperative program among southeastern states. North Carolina participation is limited to Graduate Students ONLY. Out-of-state tuition shall be waived for students who are residents of SREB states participating in the market program. Likewise, North Carolina students must have maintained their North Carolina domicile immediately prior to enrolling at an institution through the common market.

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