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NC Residency

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

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.