Hello, I want to get In-State tuition at UNC-Wilmington next year by taking a Gap Year to work full-time and live down in North Carolina. I know about all of the documents I will have to provide like NC Driver’s License and NC Voting Registration and filing as an independent on my taxes. What I don’t know is if this will all guarantee getting in-state tuition at UNC-Wilmington.
Should I decline my acceptance and reapply next year but with in-state tuition? Would I be able to simply defer acceptance for a year and then change my residency status? Will the RDS(residency determination system) be able to tell that I’ve deferred, and therefore know that I went to NC for education purposes? (In-state is not allowed to those who move to NC purely for educational purposes). However, I do plan on living in NC past college, but it could look otherwise with the deferral if they are privy to that information.
Will I be able to file as an independent on my Fafsa? Will I get more financial aid because I’m supporting myself?
If anyone has been through this process before or knows a lot on the matters, please respond to me on here. Thank you so much!