Military Personnel & Dependents

TUITION AND FEES OF MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE ARMED SERVICES AND DEPENDENTS ASSIGNED IN NORTH CAROLINA

According to the North Carolina General Statute 116-143.3, provisions for charging tuition and fees of military personnel in the armed services and dependents assigned in North Carolina include the following.

  1. The following definitions apply in this section (1) The term “abode” shall mean the place where a person actually lives, whether tempo­rarily or permanently; the term “abide” shall mean to live in a given place. (2) The term “armed services” shall mean the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy; the North Carolina National Guard; and any Reserve Component of the foregoing. (3) The term “tuition assistance” shall be used as defined in the United States Department of Defense Directive 1322.8, implement­ing 10 U.S.C. 2007.
  2. Any active duty member of the armed services qualifying for admission to an institution of higher education as defined in G.S.116-143.1 (a)(3) but not qualifying as a resident for tuition purposes under G.S.116-143.1 shall be charged the in-state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees for enrollment while the member of the armed services is abiding in this state incident to active military duty in this state. In the event the active duty member of the armed services is reassigned outside of North Carolina or retires, the member shall continue to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees so long as the member is continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which the member was enrolled at the time the member is reassigned. In the event the active duty member of the armed services receives an Honorable Discharge from military service, the member shall continue to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees so long as the member establishes residency in North Carolina within 30 days after the discharge and is continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which the member was enrolled at the time the member was discharged.
  3. Any dependent relative of a member of the armed forces who is abiding in this State incident to active military duty, as defined by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and by the State Board of Community Colleges while sharing the abode of 31 that member shall be eligible to be charged the in-state tuition rate, if the dependent relative qualifies for admission to an institution of higher education as defined in G.S. 116-143.1(a)(3). The dependent relatives shall comply with the requirements of the Selective Service System, if applicable, in order to be accorded this benefit. In the event the member of the armed services is reassigned outside North Carolina or retires, the dependent relative shall continue to be eligi­ble for the in-state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees so long as the dependent relative is continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which the dependent relative was enrolled at the time the member is reassigned or retires. In the event the member of the armed services receives an Honorable Discharge from mili­tary service, the dependent relative shall continue to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate and applicable mandatory fees so long as the dependent relative establishes residency within North Carolina within 30 days after the discharge and is continuously enrolled in the degree or other program in which the dependent relative was enrolled at the time the member is discharged.
  4. The person applying for the benefit of this section has the burden of proving entitlement to the benefit.
  5. A person charged less than the out-of-state tuition rate sole­ly by reason of this section shall not, during the period of receiving that benefit, qualify for or be the basis of conferring the benefit of G.S.116-143.1 (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), or (l). (See Residence Status of Tuition Payment, N. C. General Statute 116-143.1).