Your residency for tuition purposes determines your in-state or out-of-state status and may impact your admission, tuition, or scholarship or financial aid eligibility. North Carolina residency for tuition purposes is governed by North Carolina State law. More information about North Carolina residency for tuition purposes can be found a www.ncresidency.org.
You must complete the NC Residency Determination Services (RDS) application if you meet one or more of the following:
- You have never completed the RDS application
- You completed the RDS application as an undergraduate student but took a break before you enrolled in graduate school and your determination has expired or will expire before you enroll in an NC graduate school program
- You completed the RDS application as a graduate student but took a leave of absence and your determination has expired or will expire before you re-enroll or return back to complete your graduate degree
Again, this is a new state law requirement and policy to which all universities/colleges in the UNC System must adhere. It is okay to initiate and complete this part of the admissions process prior to your admission or readmission.