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NC Residency

A student's residency status is important to determine tuition and financial aid.


NOTE: Applicants will be unable to submit CFNC Applications from Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00 AM until 8:00 AM on Monday, October 23, 2017. CFNC is making upgrades and preparations for the mandated NC Residency Determination Service. 

In 2013, the NC General Assembly (SB 402) directed NC colleges and universities to work together to create a centralized, uniform process for determining residency for tuition purposes and for the administration of State funded financial aid.

The state of NC will utilize a Residency Determination Service (RDS) to determine a student’s residency status for tuition and state aid purposes. Effective October 23, 2017, CVCC staff will be unable to make any residency decisions or changes for students.

Applicants will be required to complete an online Residency Interview before submitting the Application for Admission.

Please review important and detailed information about NC Residency.



Residency Determination Service - Effective September, 2017

The Residency Determination Service (RDS) was established by the NC General Assembly to ensure consistency in determining residency across all 58 NC Community Colleges and the 16 state universities. Individual institutions no longer make initial residency determinations or changes in an existing residency status. 

The Residency Determination Service will provide four separate processes to reach a residency classification. Most students will only be required to complete the Initial Consideration process. The Reconsideration and Appeal processes are for those students who experience a change in circumstances (Reconsideration) or who have not had a change in status and believe their residency classification is incorrect (appeal). It is a student's responsibility to notify the CVCC Student Records office of any changes in residency status.

All students, parents, faculty, staff, and constituents of the North Carolina Community College System should refer to the residency website at for current details regarding the North Carolina Residency Determination Service, processes and required residency guidelines.