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Guidance & Career Counselor's Corner » NC Residency Determination Service (RDS)

NC Residency Determination Service (RDS)

What it is:

  • An online form that determines whether or not you can be classified as a resident of North Carolina. An algorithm gives you an initial decision and humans will go back to verify your application.

When to complete:

  • ASAP. The RDS application must be submitted before you submit any college applications.

Why it's important:

  • This form is required to apply to any college in North Carolina and receive in-state tuition. This can save you thousands of dollars when paying for college. When you complete it, you will receive an RCN (Residency Certification Number). This number will need to be submitted as part of your applications to schools in NC.

How to complete:

  • Visit and log in with your CFNC account. You can complete this application at home or bring the information to school and fill it out with Mr. Hines. See below for more instructions.

To complete RDS, please have these materials ready:

  • You and your parent's/guardian's social security numbers.

  • Your parent's or guardian's date of birth.

  • Your parent's/guardian's driver's license number or state ID number.

  • You and your parent's/guardian's alien registration numbers, USCIS number, or tax identification number **if applicable**

  • Find out if your parent or guardian filed taxes in the past 2 years in NC.

In some situations, you may be required to submit additional documentation, such as letters confirming legal guardianship or bills at your current address.

- How to Access RDS -

Click on "Complete Residency Determination." This will bring you to the login screen.

Sign in using your CFNC Account.

If you cannot access your CFNC account, please contact Ms. Whitley,  she can assist to recover your account info.

- Additional Information -

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you work on RDS:

  • Have all of your materials prepared ahead of time. Once you advance in the application, there is NO back button.

  • RDS will sometimes ask for verification of info. Make sure to check your email regularly to check your application status.

  • This process can be tricky. Please get in touch with Ms. Whitley ([email protected]) or see her on High School campus if you have any questions.

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