Residency Status

Residency status of all applicants must be determined for the purpose of tuition assessment. Out-of-state students are admitted under the same admissions requirements as residents of North Carolina, but are required to pay out-of-state tuition except for courses classified as self-supporting curriculum courses (offered in the summer) or continuing education courses. Under North Carolina law, a person may qualify as a resident for tuition purposes in North Carolina; thereby being eligible for in-state tuition. Copies of this law are available for review in the Enrollment Management Office and may be examined upon request.

When a North Carolina employer (other than armed services) pays tuition for an employee to attend a community college and when the employee works at a North Carolina business location, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate. Applicants are responsible for submission of necessary residence forms and supporting documentation from employers as required by North Carolina General Statutes. Forms are available in the Enrollment Management Office.

The NC General Statute 116-143.1 requires that, “To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least 12 months immediately prior to his/her classification as a resident.” NC General Statue 116-143.1 also sets forth statutory definitions, rules, and special provisions for determining residency status for tuition purposes.

To be eligible for classification as a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes, a person must establish that his/her presence in the state currently is, and during the requisite 12-month qualifying period was, for purposes of maintaining a bona fide domicile rather than of maintaining a mere temporary residence for purposes of enrollment in an institution of higher education.

Under NC General Statutes, an alien admitted to the United States for permanent residence or possessing a permanent resident status is subject to the same consideration as a citizen. A person holding a student visa cannot be classified as a resident for tuition purposes.

Regulations concerning classification for tuition purposes are set forth in A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes. A copy of this manual is available for review in the Enrollment Management Office.

The Director of Enrollment Management will review the application, make a determination as to the individual’s residency/non residency status, and then will advise the individual in writing of the decision.

Residency Ruling Appeal Procedure

In the event an individual disagrees with the Enrollment Management’s ruling on residency status, the ruling may be appealed to a sub-committee of the Enrollment Management Committee, which has been established by the college. The appeal must be made in writing within ten days to the Vice President of Student and Workforce Development.

Waiver of Non-Resident Tuition Rates

When a North Carolina employer (other than armed services) pays tuition for an employee to attend a community college and when the employer works at a North Carolina business location, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate. Applicants are responsible for submission of necessary residence forms and supporting documentation from employers as required by North Carolina General Statutes.

Submit the Request For Waiver of Non-Resident Tuition Rates and all necessary documentation to the Academic & Career Counselor prior to the first day of classes for the intended semester.

Military Tuition Benefit

Under North Carolina General Statues Section 116-143.3, certain members of the armed services and their dependent relative (s) may be eligible to be charged less than the out-of-state tuition rate even if they do not qualify as residents for tuition purposes under G.S. 116-143.3. The member of the armed services must be on active duty and stationed in NC on permanent change of station orders. In order for a dependent relative of the service member to be considered for this benefit, the dependent relative must live with, and claim the benefit through, the service member. To qualify for this benefit, the dependent must submit the military tuition benefit application and all required affidavits to the Academic & Career Counselor prior to the first day of classes of the first term of enrollment. Please submit documentation to the Education & Career Development office at the college.

International Students

Currently, Haywood Community College does not issue the I-20 necessary for international students with F-1 Visas. If demand increases, approval for enrollment of international students with F-1 Visas could be re-instated. Other visas for short term enrollment may be considered on an individual basis. Information and/or questions should be directed to the Director of Enrollment Management.

Undocumented Students

An undocumented immigrant may apply and enroll in curriculum courses at Haywood Community College if he/she has attended and graduated from a United States public high school, private high school, or home school that operates in compliance with State or local law. An undocumented immigrant shall not be considered a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes. All undocumented immigrants admitted under this rule must be charged out of state tuition whether or not they reside in North Carolina. Students lawfully present in the United States shall have priority over an undocumented immigrant in any class or program of study when capacity limitations exist. Refer to the NC Administrative Code 23 NCAC 02C.0301.

An undocumented immigrant should take into account that federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants. (i.e. Cosmetic Arts programs, Nursing, etc.)

An undocumented immigrant may take college level courses as part of the Career and College Promise program as a qualifying high school student, or Adult and Continuing Education programs such as Basic Skills, GED, Adult High School or Occupational Extension classes. (Per CC08-114 Numbered Memo from NC Community College System Office.)

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