Residency | FAFSA | Applications
The State of North Carolina has a required centralized process for students to determine if they are eligible for in-state tuition and state-funded financial aid at NC public colleges and for state-funded aid programs at private colleges. All NC two-year and four-year colleges participate in RDS at www.ncresidency.org, and you can use your CFNC.org username and password for the ncresidency.org site.
Completing the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college. In addition to federal financial aid, the State of North Carolina and most NC colleges use FAFSA information to award state and institutional financial aid. You might want to complete NC’s Residency Determination Service process at the same time as your FAFSA since much of the required information is the same.
College Application Week is October 15-19, and volunteers at hundreds of NC high schools will help students submit online applications for admission. During this week, all North Carolina colleges and universities accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver in lieu of an application fee, for students who qualify (see your high school counselor for more information). Additionally, many of North Carolina’s colleges and universities go above and beyond and outright waive their application fee.