TO WAIVE THE TWELVE-MONTH STATE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS, THUS ALLOWING THEM TO QUALIFY FOR THE RESIDENT TUITION RATE.
Enacts new GS 116-143.3A to grant a veteran, defined as any person honorably discharged on or after July 1, 2011, residency status for tuition purposes if the veteran lives in North Carolina and was last stationed at a permanent duty station in the state. Also considers dependent relatives of qualifying veterans as residents for tuition purposes if the relative lives in North Carolina. Appropriates $6.3 million for 2012-13 from the General Fund to the UNC Board of Governors and $4.2 million for 2012-13 from the General Fund to the Community Colleges System Office to assist with the cost of waiving the 12-month residency requirement. Effective July 1, 2012, and applies beginning in the 2012-13 fall semester.