Residence Status

The tuition charge for students who qualify as residents of the State of North Carolina is less than the charge for non-resident students. To qualify for in-state tuition, as specified in General Statute 116-143.1, a legal resident must have maintained his/her domicile in North Carolina for at least the twelve months prior to his/her classification as a resident for tuition purposes.

In order to be eligible for in-state classification, the individual must establish that his/her presence in the state during such twelve-month period was for purposes of maintaining a bona fide domicile, rather than for purposes of mere temporary residence incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education. Further,

if the parents (or court-appointed legal guardian) of the individual seeking resident classification are bona fide domiciliaries of this state, this fact shall be prima facie evidence of domiciliary status of the individual applicant, and if such parents or guardian are not bona fide domiciliaries of this state, this fact shall be prima facie evidence of non-domiciliary status of the individual.

The residency classification of a student, for purposes of applicable tuition rates, is required to be changed if, since original establishment of the student's current classification, his/her state of legal residence has changed.

If a student claims eligibility, as member of the armed forces or a dependant relative of such a member, to be charged the in-state tuition rate under G.S. 116-143.3, the student must submit the appropriate application prior to initial enrollment or reenrollment for which the student claims the tuition benefit. The student must also submit the application prior to each successive academic year of enrollment.

Regulations concerning the classification of students by residence for purposes of applicable tuition differentials are set forth in detail in A Manual To Assist The Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes. Copies of the manual are available and can be seen upon request at the college's library.

Cost of Attendance

JCC’s cost of attendance is an estimate of educational expenses a student may incur for a period of enrollment and sets the limit on the total aid a student may receive. 

A student’s cost of attendance may include the following components: tuition and fees, books and supplies, food and housing (living expenses), miscellaneous personal expenses, professional fees, and transportation.

The cost of attendance for a student enrolled less than half-time may include tuition and fees, books and supplies, professional fees, and transportation.

A student’s cost of attendance budget may be adjusted upon request with proper documentation for dependent care expenses, disability related expenses, study abroad expenses, cooperative educational costs, and/or personal computer costs.

Review a full list of the Financial Aid Cost of Attendance - 2024-2025 Academic Year report (PDF).