Residency Determination

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Residency Determination 

Please note: Students applying for Continuing Education/ Short- Term Credential Programs/ Creative Learning are NOT required to complete the Residency Determination Survey.  

The North Carolina State Legislature has established the Residency Determination Service (RDS) which serves as the single authority for determining whether a student qualifies for in-state tuition. All students who wish to receive in-state tuition must compete the Residency Determination Survey before filling out their college application. After completing the Residency Determination Survey, students will be issued a Residency Certification Number (RCN) to use on any college application in North Carolina.

10 Things to Know Before You Start RDS

Complete your RDS
Note: You can use your CFNC login to complete your Residency Determination Survey.  Don't have a CFNC account? Simply create a new RDS account, log in, and complete your RDS.