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Residency Determination Changes

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Residency Determination Service (RDS)

UPDATE: The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) will implement the RDS in middle to late 2017, along with North Carolina public colleges and universities.

The RDS 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).

The RDS will be a requirement of the admissions application and residency decisions will no longer be made by individual colleges. All students, parents, faculty, staff and constituents of the NCCCS should refer to the Residency website at for more current details regarding the North Carolina RDS, processes and required residency guidelines.

Until RDS Processes Implementation

To be eligible for classification as a North Carolina resident, you’ll need to establish that the state has been your legitimate domicile for the previous 12 months.

The following documentation may be provided to prove residency. It’s to your advantage to have as much documentation as possible.

  • North Carolina driver’s license and North Carolina vehicle registration card.
  • Voter registration card.
  • North Carolina automobile insurance card.
  • Proof of jury duty invitation.
  • Rental agreement for property used as principal residence.
  • Proof of purchased property used as principal residence.
  • North Carolina income tax return.

Residency regulations for tuition purposes are detailed in the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual, available at the Office of the Registrar.

If you’re classified as an out-of-state student, you may appeal this decision.

Complete the College of The Albemarle residency application and submit it to the Office of the Registrar no later than 10 business days after the start of the semester.

Within 10 business days of the semester, the residency committee will review the appeal and determine the status.

You’ll receive a letter from the Office of the Registrar notifying you of the decision. You may then discuss the matter further with the Registrar.

Residency for tuition purposes application