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Residency Classification

In the near future, students applying for admission, transfer, or readmission to any N. C. community college or university must establish residency using a Residency Determination Service (RDS) application. This service will enable students to use one in- or out-of-state residency determination for admissions applications to multiple North Carolina colleges and universities and to demonstrate residency for financial aid consideration. Learn More.

Eligibility for In-State Tuition

The tuition charge for students who qualify as residents of the State of North Carolina is less than the charge for non-resident students. To qualify for in-state tuition, as specified in General Statute 116-143.1, a legal resident must have maintained his/her domicile in North Carolina for at least the twelve months prior to his/her classification as a resident for tuition purposes. To be eligible for in-state classification, an individual must establish that his/her presence in the state during such twelve-month period was for purposes of maintaining a bona fide domicile, rather than for purposes of mere temporary residence incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education. Further, if the parents (or court-appointed legal guardian) of the individual seeking resident classification are bona fide domiciliaries of this state, this fact shall be prima facie evidence of domiciliary status of the individual applicant, and if such parents or guardian are not bona fide domiciliaries of this state, this fact shall be prima facie evidence of non-domiciliary status of the individual.

The residency classification of a student, for purposes of applicable tuition rates, is required to be changed if, since original establishment of the student’s current classification, his/her state of legal residence has changed. If a student claims eligibility, as member of the armed forces or a dependent relative of such a member, to be charged the in-state tuition rate under General Statute 116-143.3, the student must submit the appropriate application prior to initial enrollment or re-enrollment for which the student claims the tuition benefit. The student must also submit the application prior to each successive academic year of enrollment. Regulations concerning the classification of students by residence for purposes of applicable tuition differentials are set forth in detail in North Carolina State Residency Classification Manual.

Residency Application

If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes, you may apply for in-state resident status by completing a Residency Determination Application via the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS). The RDS was established in coordination with the North Carolina Community College System as the centralized service for determining residency for students. Before applying for in-state resident status, we strongly recommend that you also carefully review the Residency Guidelines.

Once you have received determination, RDS will provide you with a Residency Certification Number (RCN) and a summary of the information you entered.  Please bring the confirmation to the Director of Admissions in Student Services for verification.

Business Sponsored Students

When an employer (other than the armed services) pays tuition for an employee to attend a community college and the employee works at a North Carolina business location, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate (G.S. 115D-39).  To qualify, the following must be completed and returned to Sampson Community College prior to registration for the intended semester:

  1. New students must complete the online SCC Admissions Application.
  2. The student must complete residency determination at
  3. The employer sponsoring the student must provide a letter, on business letterhead, stating that the student they wish to sponsor is indeed an employee of the business and that the business intends to pay for the student’s tuition and fees with a business check. The exact amount of in-state tuition and fees owed by the student must be included in the letter. This must be provided each semester.
  4. The employer must complete and sign the Business Sponsorship Form.
  5. Exact amount of in-state tuition and fees for the student’s enrolled credit hours must be provided on the business check. Checks should be made payable to “Sampson Community College”. Include the student’s full name in the Memo section.
  6. Bring all required documents and business check to the Director of Admissions in Student Services for verification.

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