Do you think owning real estate for years in North Carolina is enough to be a resident for tuition purposes? It was not enough for one of our military heroes. A recent case of the residency issue in the news involves, Hayleigh Perez, a U.S. Army veteran. She requested in-state status from both UNC Pembroke and Fayetteville State University, the former denied her request and the latter approved it. Perez chose to attend UNC Pembroke because of its course offerings, and she appealed the denial from UNC Pembroke. UNC Pembroke based its decision on North Carolina G.S. § 116-143.1. Provisions for determining resident status for tuition purposes. This law includes a typical requirement to live in North Carolina for twelve months before requesting residency status, with a couple exceptions. One exception is "(h) No person shall lose his or her resident status for tuition purposes solely by reason of serving in the Armed Forces of the United States outside this State." According to Perez, her family left North Carolina due to her husband's military transfer to Texas after which they returned, but the State denied her appeal in choosing to not extend the exception.
How can a military hero prove their case of residency for tuition purposes? Documentation is clearly important to the decision makers. We suggest finding the most relevant documentation based on a publication like the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual. The manual appears to provide the decision makers and others with the exact guidelines for making the residency determination on pp.16-18. However, military heroes and dependents transferred into North Carolina within the last 12 months can request in-state tuition from a NC community college under a different exception found on p.20 of the manual.
Additional information on financial assistance is available in our article: Military Service Qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. We hope this information helps your pursuit of more education. Feel free to share comments and stories. Thank you for reading!
- North Carolina Denies Veteran In-State Tuition, Saying She Was Not a Resident
- N.C.G.S. § 116-143.1. (see http://www.ncga.state.nc.us)
- North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual