Residence Status for Tuition Purposes

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The Residency Determination Service (RDS) was established in coordination with the University of North Carolina (UNC), the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) as the centralized service for determining residency for students. This service enables a student to use one residency determination for admissions applications to multiple North Carolina public colleges and universities and to demonstrate residency for state aid programs consideration at all (public and private) North Carolina colleges and universities.

RDS does not apply to students in the Career and College Promise (CCP) Program.


Visit the NC RDS website.

If you need assistance completing the Sandhills Community College application or the North Carolina Residency Determination application, you are welcome to come to one of the following drop-in help labs in Stone Hall 219:

December 8 between 9am and 11am

December 15 between 9am and 11am