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Unread 10-11-2011, 09:31 AM
 
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Default Question about residency

I was thinking about North Carolina State University for college, but for an out of state resident it costs about 31,000 dollars. If I had an apartment and worked in North Carolina and was considering living there permanently would I be a resident?
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Unread 10-11-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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You need to be a NC resident for a year to qualify for in-state tuition.
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Unread 10-11-2011, 10:44 AM
 
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Thanks I found that out with a little research. I was considering taking a year off from school to live there,and see if I want to stay permanently and get a job, but I don't know if that's wise?
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Unread 10-11-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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That's the only way to do it, but you'd want to make sure you had a job before pulling up and moving. You could take a couple of community college classes during that year, which are cheaper than NCSU even for out-of-staters, and that would not only keep your brain in "academic mode", but they would transfer toward your degree (at least, make sure you took ones that would) so it wouldn't be completely "wasted" time.

Even living here a year is not a guarantee that you would qualify for in-state tuition, so you'd want to be as entrenched here as possible-register to vote, change your driver license, join a civic group or church, etc. so it looks like you are "here to stay". The "powers that be" know all the tricks that college students use to try to qualify for in-state tuition, so you'd want to make sure it was not obvious that you were only here for that.
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Unread 10-12-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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The "powers that be" know all the tricks that college students use to try to qualify for in-state tuition, so you'd want to make sure it was not obvious that you were only here for that.
^^^ things like your income and tax filing status up to now WILL come up.

If you haven't had sufficient employed income to be self supporting and been filing your tax returns on your own (vs being a dependent on a parent's return) for some number of years prior to moving to NC... then you won't be considered solely on your own merits until you have done so for some number of years.
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