Admissions & Aid

Military Tuition Waiver

The information in this section comes from three sources: (1) North Carolina General Statutes, Sect. 116-143.3, (2) A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes, revised September 1985 and (3) Senate Bill 1058.

Certain members of the Armed Services and their dependent relatives who are not residents for tuition purposes may become eligible to be charged less than the out-of-state tuition rate under N.C. Gen. Stat. Sect. 116-143.3, the military tuition benefit provision. Any person seeking the military tuition benefit must qualify for admission to UNC-Pembroke and must file an application for the benefit with his or her Classification Officer before the first day of classes of the term for which he or she initially seeks the benefit. In the event the active duty member of the armed services is reassigned outside of North Carolina, 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. The burden of proving eligibility for the military tuition benefit lies with the applicant for the benefit, and the application and all required supporting affidavits must be complete and in proper order before the first day of classes of the term in question. Because of the time involved in securing the necessary affidavits from the appropriate military authorities, prospective applicants for the military tuition benefit are urged to secure application forms from their admissions offices and begin the application process several weeks before the first day of classes of the term for which they seek the benefit.

To be eligible for this military tuition benefit, the individual must be

  • an active duty service member of the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, or a reserve component of one of these services;
  • stationed in North Carolina on Permanent Change of Station Orders.
  • or, a non-resident North Carolina National Guard member on active or reserve status.

Eligibility of Dependent

If the service member meets the conditions set forth in items a and b above, his or her dependent relatives may be eligible to pay the in-state tuition rate if they share the service member's North Carolina abode, if they have complied with the requirements of the Selective Service System (if applicable), and if they qualify as military dependents of the service member. Please note, this benefit is not applicable to the dependents of a non-resident North Carolina National Guard member.

If the service member voluntarily ceases to live in North Carolina or is involuntarily absent from the state on military orders (other than absences on routine maneuvers and temporary assignments), he or she is deemed to have moved his or her abode from North Carolina. If a dependent relative of a service member has become eligible for the military tuition benefit, and after the beginning of the term of eligibility the service member is reassigned outside of North Carolina, the dependent relative will continue to be eligible for the military tuition benefit 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.

For a detailed explanation of the military tuition benefit provision, a complete list of categories of persons who are considered "dependent relatives" for purposes of establishing eligibility for the military tuition benefit, and information about the registration requirements of the Selective Service System, applicants should consult A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes (as amended September 1985). This manual is available for inspection in the Sampson Livermore Library.

Appeals of Eligibility Determinations of Classification Officer

A student appeal of an eligibility determination made by any Classification Officer must be in writing and signed by the student and must be filed by the student with that officer within fifteen working days after the student receives notice of the eligibility determination. The appeal is transmitted to the Residence Status Committee by that officer, who does not vote in that committee on the disposition of such appeal. The student is notified of the date set for consideration of the appeal, and, on request by the student, is afforded an opportunity to appear and be heard by the committee.

Any student desiring to appeal a determination of the Residence Status Committee must give notice in writing of that fact to the chairman of the Residence Status Committee within ten days of receipt of the committee's decision. The chairman will promptly process the appeal for transmittal to the State Residence Committee.