Residence Status

All students are classified as either in-state or out-of-state upon entering Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). To view your current residency status, log into your CPCC account then click on Residence Status.

View the Residency BrochureCPCC policy 7.03 In-state Tuition Requirements, or the NC Residence Classification Manual for additional information.

Students who wish to be classified as in-state residents for tuition purposes may be required to produce substantiating documentation on admission to the college or at the point of registration. Responsibility for proving status lies with the student.

VARIOUS PROOFS and combinations of documents may be reviewed as evidence of your status. No one item, nor a particular combination, will necessarily be the determining factor. The decision will be based on the weight of the evidence. Documentation should be presented at the time of admission or before the point of registration. Additional documentation may be requested by the college if it would be helpful to your case. You must bring several documents with original dates of one year and older.

  • N.C. driver’s license
  • N.C. voter registration card
  • N.C. vehicle registration
  • Other proofs such as lease or deed

NOTE: No single document or particular combination will necessarily be the determining factor. Simply living in or attending school in North Carolina does not, in itself, establish residence. The decision will be based on your eligibility to establish residence, your length of residence and the weight of the evidence you present.

Other types of documents may be reviewed as well, and additional documentation may be requested by the college, if necessary.

Do any of the following situations apply to you?

Are you UNDER 18 or have BEEN 18 for less than a year?

  • IF YES and both your parents live in N.C., bring documenting evidence as explained above for either yourself or your parents.
  • IF YES but one or both of your parents do not live in N.C., check with registration staff at any of the CPCC campuses.

Are you
basing residence on your spouse's residency?

  • IF YES, please bring documentation of: your spouse's residency; proof of marriage; and evidence that you are living in N.C.

Are you serving in N.C on active military duty or have been discharged from the military in the past 12 months?

  • IF YES, have you claimed N.C. as your state of legal residence with the military for the past 12 months?
  • IF YES, please bring a leave and earnings statement from the past year and your most recent N.C. state tax return.
  • IF NO and you are currently in the military, please show proof when you pay that you are serving in N.C. on ACTIVE military duty, and you may qualify to pay in-state for the current semester.

Were you born outside the United States?

  • IF YES, your immigration document and date of issue are factors in determining residence status. You should bring, in addition to the above types of proofs:
    • Your I-551 (green card)
    • Visa
    • Or I-94
    • If you are changing your immigration status, please bring your most current I.N.S. document or communication (letter, memo, form, etc.) as well.


It is the student’s responsibility to notify CPCC if North Carolina residency is lost or abandoned while enrolled. Contact Admissions or Registration Services at any CPCC campus.

Residence status inquiries can be initiated at any CPCC campus. Please call if you have specific questions or to make an appointment to determine your status.

Students registered solely for non-credit continuing education courses do not need to establish tuition residency. Fees for Corporate and Continuing Education courses (those in the 7000-8000 course number range) are the same for all students.