Tuition / Fees / Expenses

Tuition and Fees

North Carolina Central University School of Law offers one of the most affordable legal educations in the country.  To access a PDF of tuition and fees, click on the following link Approved Tuition and Fees 2018-2019.

Residence Status for Tuition Purposes

Because we’re a public institution, students who qualify as North Carolina residents under state law are eligible for lower tuition. North Carolina law (NCGS 116-143.1) requires that “To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for 12 months immediately prior to his or her classification as a resident for tuition purposes.”

If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident under state law, you will need to submit a residency application with the North Carolina Residency Determination Services (RDS), which is a government agency that serves the entire state. Please note that the application process for in-state residency is separate from the application for admission.

Once you’ve submitted your residency application, RDS will provide you with a Residency Certification Number (RCN), which you are required to enter on your Law School application. We recommend completing your residency application as soon as possible. If you are seeking in-state residency it is required that you submit your RCN with your Law School application. If the RCN field on your Law School application is left blank you will be classified as an out-of-state resident for tuition purposes.

While decisions about residency were formerly determined by the Law School’s Office of Admissions, moving forward all decisions will be determined by RDS. For more information about how to appeal your decision please refer to the RDS Website’s FAQs.

Student Housing

The University does not offer on-campus housing to graduate students.  For suggestions on housing in and around the Durham area please go here –


Required and suggested texts for each course are announced before the beginning of each semester. Most courses require separate textbooks, supplemented with school-prepared or other materials. Students should allocate approximately $750 per semester for textbooks.