Residency Classification

Every prospective or returning student application, except continuing education will be classified according to his or her state of legal residence as part of the College’s identified admissions procedure. The initial classification is done by Admissions Office personnel.

In accordance with North Carolina Session Law 2013-360, the College will transition to a statewide Residency Determination Service (RDS) for new and returning students seeking residency determination as part of the admissions application process for terms beginning on or after September 11, 2017.

All applicants (with the exception of Career and College Promise applicants) must complete a Residency Determination request to determine their tuition status (in state or out of state) prior to completing and submitting an Admissions application. Documentation may be required during this process. View the Helpful Hints Guide for Residency Classification on our web site for a list of information that may be required to submit the Residency Determination Application. Please have these documents on hand prior to starting your Residency Determination Application.

You can complete your Residency Determination Request online through RDS.

You can also find out more information about the new Residency Determination Service (RDS) on the North Carolina RDS website.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the residency determination, you may 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 Coastal Carolina Community College are very limited in the information we can assist you with in submitting your application.

Copies of Session Law 2013-360 and summary guidelines for implementation of the Residency Determination Services (RDS) are available upon request at the College’s Admissions Office.

Note: All active duty military personnel and dependents must complete the Application for the Benefit of the In-State Tuition Rate as a Member of the Armed Services or Dependent Family Member Therof form in order to receive the in-state tuition rate.