Tips for completing your residency determination

Click here to complete the Residency Determination application

Once you have finished the Residency Determination application and have been given at Residency Certification Number (RCN), CLICK HERE to complete your Piedmont Community College application.

You are now required by the N.C. General Assembly to complete the North Carolina residency determination request prior to completing and submitting your application.  Here are some tips for completing your residency request:

  • The average interview takes 10-12 minutes to complete. Information about data and documentation you may need to gather before starting the interview listed below.
  • You may need a flash drive to upload your supporting documentation if you are applying anywhere outside of your home computer.
  • Do NOT use your browser Back and Forward navigation arrows. Use only the Continue or Make Changes buttons on the interview page. You will be able to review and make changes to the information you enter.
  • You may exit your residency request and resume later. The information you enter will be saved after each section you complete. You have 25 days to complete your request. If you do not complete your request within 25 days, you will be required to begin a new request. Please note: this includes submitting any follow-up documentation required by RDS.
  • If you have already completed the residency determination for another college, you will not have to complete the request again. You will just need to enter your Residency Certification Number (RCN) when prompted.
  • If you have questions or concerns regarding the residency determination, you will need to call the RDS help line at 844-319-3640 or email them at As residency is now determined at the state level by RDS, we at Piedmont Community College are very limited in the information we can assist you with in submitting your application.

The listing below reflects information and documentation that may be requested during and at the end of your RDS online interview request. This listing is not all-inclusive nor will every applicant be required to submit the information.

  • Student and parent unique identifier such as a social security number, individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), alien registration number (ARN/A-number), or US Citizenship and Immigration Service number (CIS)
  • Parent and/or student vehicle registration
  • Parent and/or student driver’s license
  • Parent and/or student federal and state tax returns
  • Rental/lease agreement
  • Active Duty Military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
  • Veterans Education Certificate of Eligibility for Chapters 30 and 33 benefits
  • DD-214 for discharged veterans
  • Marriage certificate
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with approved Category code
  • I-485 receipt notice
  • Approved I-130/140/360
  • Federal tax form to confirm dependent status for parent with approved I-140 /I-130
  • Immigration Court order
  • I-797 Notice of Approval from USCIS
  • Conditional Green Card
  • I-751 conditional Green Card extension
  • VISA stamped document
  • I-94 stamped document (travel document)
  • I-90 application to renew permanent resident card


Additional contact information for RDS:

Toll Free          (844) 319-3640

Local               (919) 835-2290

Fax                  (919) 835-2427



Resident Status

Residence Status for Tuition Purposes

The specific requirements for establishing residency for tuition classification purposes are prescribed by state law. A North Carolina resident for tuition purposes is a person, or a dependent person (dependent according to IRS tax code), whose parent or legal guardian has established and maintained legal residence in North Carolina for at least 12 months. Residence in North Carolina must be legitimate and be a permanent situation rather than just for the purpose of maintaining a residence prior to enrollment at an institution of higher education.

Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition, you must show that:

• You have established your legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina
• You have maintained that domicile for at least twelve (12) consecutive months before the beginning of the term
• You have a residentiary presence in the state
• You intend to make North Carolina your permanent home indefinitely (rather than being in North Carolina solely to attend college)

Other persons not meeting the 12-month legal residence requirement may be classified as North Carolina residents for tuition purposes only if they fall within one of the limited categories authorized by the North Carolina Legislature. All other persons are ineligible for classification as a North Carolina “resident for tuition purposes” and will be charged out-of-state tuition. To learn more about residency and complete a determination go to

Out-of-state residents working in North Carolina may have their employer pay their tuition at the in-state rate. A limited number of family member and employees transferred to N.C. may qualify for the in-state tuition rate. Check with the Student Development Office for more information.