Sponsor Requirements for Non-Profit Entities


The 2003 General Assembly amended G.S. 115D-39 and thus added a new provision affecting tuition classification of persons lawfully admitted to the United States and living in North Carolina.

II. North Carolina Nonprofit Entity Sponsorship
G.S. 115D-39 “(c) In addition, a person sponsored under this subsection who is lawfully admitted to the United States is eligible for the State resident community college tuition rate. For purposes of this subsection, a North Carolina nonprofit entity is a charitable or religious corporation as defined in G.S. 55A-1-40 that is incorporated in North Carolina and that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a civic league incorporated in North Carolina under Chapter 55A of the General Statutes that is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. A nonresident of the United States is sponsored by a North Carolina nonprofit entity if the student resides in North Carolina while attending the community college and the North Carolina nonprofit entity provides a signed affidavit to the community college verifying that the entity accepts financial responsibility for the student's tuition and any other required educational fees. Any North Carolina nonprofit entity that sponsors a nonresident of the United States under this subsection may sponsor no more than five nonresident students annually under this subsection. This subsection does not make a person a resident of North Carolina for any other purpose."

Pursuant to this provision, a nonprofit charitable or religious corporation or civil league may sponsor a person lawfully admitted to the United States and living in this state who attends a community college. In this case, the nonprofit charitable or religious corporation will pay the in-state tuition rate on behalf of the student that is a member for one year. The entity must meet the following conditions:

  • Be incorporated under the laws of North Carolina.
  • Submit to the college a copy of the entity’s article of incorporation and the federal tax identification number or federal employer’s identification.
  • Submit a letter on official company letterhead agreeing to pay the student’s tuition and required fees.
  • May not sponsor more than five students per year under this provision.
  • Pay the in-state tuition and required educational fees using a check bearing the printed name of the nonprofit charitable or religious corporation.
  • Submit the original notarized affidavit that will be included in the sponsor's invoice from CPCC Sponsor Programs.

Public School Graduate and Nonprofit Sponsorship Except RE: DACA

Since individuals with DACA classification are not eligible to receive the benefit of in state tuition under federal law and there is not an exception for individuals with DACA classification in N.C.G.S. § 115D-39, individuals with DACA classification are not eligible to obtain the in-state tuition rate under the public school graduate exception or the nonprofit sponsorship exception