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Buckley:All state universities have to deal with the issue of when a person qualifies as being a resident of the state and therefor subject only to in-state tuition rates. Of necessity, they make the tests stringent so that people are not able to easily get by when they should be paying out-of-state tuition.
One of their basic rules is that a student is presumed to have the same domicile as his parents unless the student can prove otherwise.
If your son was initially ruled to be a non-resident, he may appeal that determination. Here is some information on that process:Campus-level Appeals: A student may request that his/her request for in-state tuition be reviewed by East Carolina University's Residency Appeals Committee. Notice of intent to appeal should be made by the student in writing to the coordinator of residency appeals. Additional documentation and a descriptive letter of appeal may be provided for the committee's review. The coordinator of residency appeals will notify students of the decision on the appeal in writing.
Appeals to the State Residence Committee: A student whose appeal for in-state tuition has been turned down by the campus appeals committee may request that the appeal be submitted to the State Residence Committee. The request for this review must be made by the student in writing to the coordinator of residency appeals within 10 days of the notice of the decision by the campus Residency Appeals Committee. The coordinator of residency appeals will submit a copy of the student's file to the student and to the State Residence Committee according to the procedures outlined in the N.C. Residency Manual. No additional material may be submitted for this appeal, because the file reviewed by the campus committee must be the file that will be reviewed by the State Residence Committee.
Contact for questions regarding residency:
Coordinator for Residency Appeals
This information came from the ECU web site at this link: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/registrar/Residency.cfm Hopefully that will give you the info you need and the process your son needs to undertake to seek in-state status.
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In answer to the question you posted in the feedback comment section, the fact that the community college had listed your son as an in-state student does not bind the ECU to that same determination. (The person doing the review on in-state vs out-of-state residency for the community college may have a more lenient view of who qualifies for in-state status.)
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