The reason anyone is denied in-state residency is stated in the decision letter as follows: “Unfortunately, the preponderance of evidence does not support classification as a resident for tuition purposes." Residency for tuition purposes is not based on one factor alone. All of the facts presented in an application supported by documented evidence are taken into consideration when determining whether the preponderance, or greater weight, of evidence supports North Carolina residency.
Through documented evidence, the student must prove that he/she moved to North Carolina for reasons other than attending an institution of higher learning and that he/she established a permanent residence, and maintatined it for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the term of school for which in-state classification is sought. Some students may never qualify as an in-state resident for tuition purposes, particularly if the student applies for admission to the University from another school and attends school full-time semester after semester. The burden of proof is on the student to present documented evidence that he/she moved to the state for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a bona fide domicile, instead of merely maintaining a temporary residence incident to enrollment at the University.