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Current Students

If you are not currently classified as a resident for tuition purposes, or if your enrollment lapses, and you believe you meet the requirements of NC G.S. 116-143.1 or 116-143.3, please file your residency form and supporting documentation with the UNC School of Law Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline below. Documentation to support your petition for North Carolina residency should be submitted with the residency application form. Please consult the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual (PDF) for an illustrative list of the kind evidence that is helpful to provide in support of your application. Applications that lack sufficient documentation may not paint a complete picture of your claim of North Carolina residency.

Fall Semester 2016 - 5 p.m., September 6, 2016.

Spring Semester 2017 - 5 p.m., January 26, 2017.

Your residency determination will be e-mailed to the e-mail address listed on your residency application.


All applicants must be classified as a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes before an admissions decision can be made.

If you indicate that you are a nonresident on your application, you will not be required to submit the residency form. All applicants claiming North Carolina residency for tuition purposes must submit the residency form. In addition to our webpage, the North Carolina Residency Form is also available within the LSAC online application. The form may be submitted to the Office of Admissions in ONE of the following ways:

  1. Postal mail: UNC School of Law, Office of Admissions, Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, CB 3380, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380.
  2. Fax: 919.843.7939.
  3. E-mail:
  4. In person: UNC School of Law, Office of Admissions, 160 Ridge Road, Suite 5018, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Your residency determination will be available first via the online status checker and again via e-mail once your file is complete and eligible for review.

Important Residency Notes

Legal Residency vs. Legal Residency for Tuition Purposes

A legal resident is a person who comes to North Carolina and has physical presence for at least one day, with the intent on making NC his/her permanent home of indefinite duration. The person must then prove this intent by doing various overt domiciliary acts such as acquiring a driver’s license, changing car registration, registering to vote, acquiring real property, employment and paying taxes to NC as a resident, etc.

A legal resident for tuition purposes is a student who has demonstrated that he or she has been a North Carolina legal resident for at least the twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the school term for which he or she is requesting classification of residency for tuition purposes. Residency determinations are made based on the applicant's status at the time the form is received. For example, if you are classified as a nonresident in February, it may be because your cluster of domiciliary acts were not completed at least 365 days prior to form submission. In an instance such as this, you will need to resubmit your form once the occurrence of your cluster of domiciliary acts have exceeded 365 days.

Who must complete the form?

All applicants claiming North Carolina residency status--even if you've lived in North Carolina your entire life--must complete the North Carolina Residency Form (PDF). Applicants needing visual assistance should complete this residency form (PDF).

Where can I find additional information?

Residency classifiers are trained to follow the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual (PDF) in making determinations. We suggest that you review the Manual as well so that you will have a better sense of what is required of you, the petitioner. Understanding the guidelines classifiers are given will also help you in determining the strength of your application and the likelihood of an in-state classification.

Additional information about claiming North Carolina residency for tuition purposes can also be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar.

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