Residency Determination Service (RDS)

Every college applicant is initially classified as either a resident or non-resident for tuition purposes by completing an online residency determination request.

Required Documents or Articles

In order to complete the process you will need one of the following:

  • social security number (SSN),
  • individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN),
  • alien registration number (ARN/A-number), or
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Service number (CIS)
  • Students may also be required to submit additional documentation immediately following their initial consideration request. For initial consideration requests, RDS communicates the residency status immediately following completion of the RDS online interview. This determination is contingent upon submission of any required documentation. If the student does not submit the required documentation before a 25-day deadline, the residency status will change from resident to non-resident.
Note: you may also need your spouse's or parent's numbers as listed above.

Additional Information

The list following represents potential types of information that may be requested and is not intended to be all-inclusive:

  • Warranty Deed
  • Rental/lease agreement
  • Federal/state tax return
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Voter Registration
  • Military Leave and Earning Statement (LES)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Approved I-130/140/360
  • Federal tax form to confirm dependent status for parent with approved I-140/I-130
  • Immigration Court Order
  • I-797 Notice of Approval from USCIS
  • Conditional Green Card
  • Marriage Certificate

For more information about the North Carolina Residency Determination Service, see https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/.