4.03 Tuition Residency Requirements and State Financial Aid Policy


Specific requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes and for eligibility for State financial aid are prescribed by State law. Central Piedmont adheres to these specific requirements in its determination of qualification for residency for tuition purposes. Under the laws of the State of North Carolina, to qualify for in-state residency for tuition purposes, an individual must meet all of the following conditions:

  • Have established legal residence, known as domicile, in the State of North Carolina; and,
  • Have maintained that domicile for at least 12 consecutive months before the beginning on an academic term; and,
  • Have a residentiary presence in the State; and,
  • Intend to make North Carolina a permanent home indefinitely, rather than being in North Carolina solely to attend College.

All other students are ineligible for classification as a North Carolina resident for in-state tuition purposes, will be charged out-of-state tuition, and will not be given consideration for State-sponsored financial aid unless they meet limited exceptions granted by the North Carolina General Assembly.

Related Procedures

Tuition Residency and State Financial Aid Procedures and Processes


Changes approved by Board of Trustees on May 6, 2020.

Cabinet approved changes on April 9, 2012; March 27, 2017

Updated on January 11, 2005