Residency Determination for Undergraduate Students

RDS is the entity responsible for all new classifications of residency in North Carolina. 


  • In order for a student to receive the benefits of in-state tuition and/or state student aid a residency determination from RDS is required. 
  • Using this centralized system, an undergraduate student generally only has to complete the RDS one time instead of seeking separate residency determinations at multiple colleges and universities.
  •  To learn more about residency and complete a determination, go to

The UNC Charlotte Residency Determination Office serves Graduate Students only.  We do not have access to information you provide on the RDS System.

If you are an undergraduate student, and you have questions about your initial determinations, reconsideration or appeal, please contact the Residency Determination Service at: