Registrar's Office

This page is a resource for students interested in applying for North Carolina Residency for Tuition purposes. A legal resident for tuition purposes is a student who has demonstrated that he or she has been a North Carolina legal resident for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the school term for which they seek residency,

North Carolina Residency Requirements

The State of North Carolina has changed its method of determining residency for new incoming undergraduate students.  Beginning on February 20, 2017, residency determination for new incoming undergraduate students will no longer be made by the Office of Admissions but instead will be made by the State through its Residency Determination Service (RDS) website. As a result, all new incoming undergraduate students will be automatically classified as out-of-state for tuition purposes. All new incoming undergraduate students must complete an application for North Carolina Residency to demonstrate that he or she has been a North Carolina legal resident for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the school term for which they seek admission. Also note that North Carolina residency must be determined via the Residency Determination Service (RDS) before any financial aid from the state can be considered.

Undergraduates students who applied after February 20, 2017, must complete their application through the North Carolina (NC) Residency Determination Service website.

Below is general information about RDS that may prove helpful.  There is also more detailed information on the RDS website.

What is the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS)?

  • RDS is new to North Carolina and provides residency determinations in accordance with North Carolina residency laws and applicable federal statutes for the purposes of in-state tuition and state financial aid.
  • RDS provides a convenient and intuitive process to claim and document NC residency.
  • RDS allows the use of one residency determination for admissions applications to multiple NC colleges and universities and to demonstrate residency eligibility for state grant purposes.

What proves residency in North Carolina to make the student eligible for a state grant?

To prove North Carolina residency and be eligible for a state grant; the student must demonstrate through RDS: 

  • Established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina
  • Maintained that domicile for at least twelve (12) consecutive months before claiming residency on RDS
  • Have a residentiary presence in the state (has completed acts typically associated with being a resident)
  • Intend to make North Carolina a permanent home indefinitely (rather than being in North Carolina solely to attend college)

What should the student expect when using RDS?

For many students, the residency classification process is simple.  If the student was born in North Carolina and has lived in the State all his/her life, the student will probably be one of many students who are classified as North Carolina residents.  If the student now lives in, recently lived in, or still have strong ties to another state, RDS may require more in-depth information or documentation. Any information the student provides will be validated against federal and North Carolina state agency databases.  The student MUST:

Complete the RDS online interview (created to simplify the request and enhance the consistency and accuracy of residency determination).

Provide identification information (have information easily available to quickly complete the RDS interview):

  • Social Security Number (SSN) for student, parent(s) or spouse (same as the FAFSA)
  • Without an SSN, RDS cannot validate information with federal and state agencies and RDS must classify the student as a non-resident and ineligible for any state grant

How to use RDS

1. Access RDS in two ways:

On the RDS homepage of www.NCresidency.org, select "Complete Residency Determination"
From CFNC.org (student must be logged in) select the “Residency” button in the CFNC Applications Hub  

2. The student must use CFNC login to access RDS; if the student does not have a CFNC login,
    a new account and login must be created at ncresidency.org. This account login will be the
    same as a CFNC login. There is no separate login for RDS.

3. Start the RDS Interview (select "Complete Residency Determination" button):

     · Answer the questions
     · The student may start, stop, and come back to the online interview as needed
     · The student has 25 days after starting to finish the interview; incomplete interviews are
       canceled and the student must start again

4. Additional directions, information and next steps are on the RDS website.

Undergraduate students who applied before February 20, 2017 cannot complete their application through the North Carolina (NC) Residency Determination Service. Instead, these students must complete the Application for NC Residency Reclassification form. Be sure to adhere to all deadlines for submitting your application.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For additional detailed information, please review the links provided, including the North Carolina Residency Manual.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION

Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term you must prove:

  • that you have established your legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina.
  • that you have maintained that domicile for at least twelve (12) consecutive months before the beginning of the term,
  • that you were physically present in the state, and
  • that you intend to make North Carolina a permanent home indefinitely, rather than being in North Carolina solely to attend college.

PROCESS, APPEALS AND REMINDERS for Graduate Students

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and a decision will be made. If a decision cannot be made as a result of inadequate documentation, you will be notified via your WSSU email. If the documentation requested is not received within two (2) weeks, a decision will be made based upon what information is provided. If you do not qualify for classification as a NC Resident for Tuition Purposes; you will be notified with instructions for an appeal if you choose to exercise this option.

When you are applying for NC Residency for Tuition Purposes, be sure to complete ALL sections of the application. Attach all required supporting documentation. All documentation must be SIGNED and DATED. If there are any special conditions that apply to you, or if you are eligible for benefits, be sure to complete the necessary forms. PLEASE NOTE: Supporting documentation may not be returned. Students should retain copies of all supporting documents submitted. 

Graduate/Professional students cannot complete their application through the North Carolina (NC) Residency Determination Service. Instead, these students must complete the Application for NC Residency Reclassification form. Be sure to adhere to all deadlines for submitting your application.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For additional detailed information, please review the links provided, including the North Carolina Residency Manual.

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION

Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term you must prove:

  • that you have established your legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina.
  • that you have maintained that domicile for at least twelve (12) consecutive months before the beginning of the term,
  • that you were physically present in the state, and
  • that you intend to make North Carolina a permanent home indefinitely, rather than being in North Carolina solely to attend college.

PROCESS, APPEALS AND REMINDERS for Graduate/Professional Students

Once your application is received, it will be reviewed and a decision will be made. If a decision cannot be made as a result of inadequate documentation, you will be notified via your WSSU email. If the documentation requested is not received within two (2) weeks, a decision will be made based upon what information is provided. If you do not qualify for classification as a NC Resident for Tuition Purposes; you will be notified with instructions for an appeal if you choose to exercise this option.

When you are applying for NC Residency for Tuition Purposes, be sure to complete ALL sections of the application. Attach all required supporting documentation. All documentation must be SIGNED and DATED. If there are any special conditions that apply to you, or if you are eligible for benefits, be sure to complete the necessary forms. PLEASE NOTE: Supporting documentation may not be returned. Students should retain copies of all supporting documents submitted. 


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