In compliance with state law, the University of North Carolina system requires students to request a residency classification from the centralized Residency Determination Service (RDS). RDS is the entity responsible for all new classifications of residency in North Carolina. As a result, all residency questions and inquiries must be directed to RDS. The contact information for the centralized Residency Determination Service (RDS) is:
RDS Guidebook

Check out the Student FAQs on the RDS website for answers to the most asked questions!

Who has to complete RDS?

To qualify for in-state residency, you must show that you:

These are amongst many factors that RDS uses to determine residency. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee in-state status. Contact RDS with any questions.

WHat to expect when using RDS


You can check the status of your residency application via the North Carolina Residency Determination Service. If you have questions about your status, contact RDS. UNCG will have very little information other than the RDS determination and expiration date.

Timing of residency decisions

When you apply for residency through RDS, you will have an “Effective Decision Date” for your residency decision.

To be eligible for in-state tuition for:RDS Effective Decision Date must be on or before:
Summer 2024 (Summer Session I)Wednesday, May 15, 2024
*Summer 2024 (Summer Session II)*Saturday, June 22, 2024
Fall 2024Thursday, October 3, 2024
Spring 2025Wednesday, February 26, 2025
*Please note that the Summer (Session II) RDS Effective Decision Date/deadline applies ONLY to those students who are NEWLY ADMITTED for the Summer Session II Term.

Once you are admitted as a resident and charged in-state tuition, it is likely that your tuition status will remain the same unless there is a change of circumstances that may require an updated review. If you experience a change of circumstances, please contact the Residency Determination Service.

Residency for UNC System Employees and Families

Permanent full-time employees of the University of North Carolina who are legal residents of North Carolina qualify as residents for tuition purposes even if they have not maintained legal residency for the required 12 consecutive months prior to residence classification. Spouses and dependent children (using income tax dependency as the standard) of full-time UNC employees who are legal residents also qualify for this benefit. There is no limit on the number or type of courses for which this benefit will apply.

UNC System employees or eligible family members wishing to use this benefit are required to email to begin the process for an exception.

Reconsideration and Appeals

Students who have been determined as nonresidents by RDS may request a reconsideration and appeal of their determination for tuition purposes through RDS. To request a reconsideration or appeal, go to and login to your CFNC account. UNCG recommends that non-residents appeal quickly. The same time frame applies to appeals – Your final RDS determination must have an effective date on, or before the 45th day for fall and spring semesters or 10th day for summer term. RDS determinations received after these dates will not affect the tuition rate for the current term but will take effect for the next term.

Residency and Financial Aid

To be considered for state grants and scholarships you must be classified as in-state by RDS.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships may contact you if they receive information from RDS that there may be a residency discrepancy that must be resolved.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at