Check Your NC Residency

At this time, the best way to check your residency is to look at your tuition invoice. See the current in-state and out-of-state tuition rates on our tuition page.

Notification that "Cont. Enrollment/RCN Expire Before Term Starts", what can I do?

Students who receive this error must complete an online residency interview through the Residency Determination Service (RDS). To apply for in-state residency, go to Residency Determination Service (RDS) to complete an online residency interview. Simply completing the online residency interview does not guarantee that your residency classification will change from out-of-state to in-state.

Upon completion of the interview, you will be given a Residency Certification Number (RCN); please save this number.
Make sure to submit any documentation to RDS if requested. A pending validation residency classification is not a final residency classification. If the pending residency classification does not validate, the residency determination will revert to out-of-state, and any tuition charges will be rebilled at the out-of-state rate.

If you have already completed the residency interview and do not agree with your residency classification, you will need to complete the reconsideration or appeals process through RDS.

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency: if your residency classification changes, you must complete the Residency Update Request form. To access the form, you will need to log in at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password. Once logged in, you will need to click on Student Forms under Menu, and then select Residency Update Request.

Please note that your residency classification will not be updated until you submit the Residency Update Request form, and you will not be able to register for classes until it is updated.


My residency at Wake Tech does not match my classification by RDS, what do I do?

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency, therefore if your residency classification changes you must complete the Residency Update Request through go.waketech.edu. Once logged in, you will need to click on Student Forms under Menu, and then select Residency Update Request.


I disagree with my RDS Residency Classification, what can I do?

If you disagree with your residency classification you must complete the reconsideration or appeal process through RDS. Wake Tech has limited information regarding your residency and must abide by the classification as determined by RDS. For more information regarding the reconsideration or appeal process please contact RDS at 844-319-3640.

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency, therefore if your residency classification changes once you have gone through the reconsideration or appeal process, you must complete the Residency Update Request available at go.waketech.edu. Once logged in, you will need to click on Student Forms under Menu, and then select Residency Update Request.


What can I do while I’m waiting for my residency determination?

You will have to pay your bill at the out-of-state rate before the payment deadline. You might consider the payment plan.
If your residency classification changes during the semester and you are participating in the payment plan you must update your NELNET agreement at least two days before the date of the next automatic draft. For questions about the payment plan and automatic drafts contact NELNET at 1-800-609-8056.

Note: Should you make a payment on the payment plan and then have a refund due, your refund will be handled like all refunds, through BankMobile.


Will my residency automatically be updated after I live in NC for 12 months?

No. If you start at Wake Tech as an out-of-state student, your residency will not be updated to in-state after you live in NC for 12 months. To apply for in-state residency go to the Residency Determination Service (RDS) to complete an online residency interview. Upon completion of the interview, you will be given a Residency Certification Number (RCN): you will need to save that number.

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency, therefore if your residency classification changes once you have gone through the reconsideration or appeal process, you must complete the Residency Update Request available at go.waketech.edu. Once logged in, you will need to click on Student Forms under Menu, and then select Residency Update Request.


How do I apply for In-State Residency?

To apply for in-state residency, go to the Residency Determination Service (RDS) to complete an online residency interview. Upon completion of the interview, you will be given a Residency Certification Number (RCN): you will need to save this number.

Make sure to submit any documentation to RDS, if requested. A pending validation residency classification is not a final residency classification. If the pending residency classification does not validate, the residency determination will revert to out-of-state, and any tuition charges will be rebilled at the out-of-state rate.

** NOTE: Submitting one of the following does not guarantee that your residency classification will change from out-of-state to in-state:

  • Initial Application
  • Reconsideration
  • RDS Appeals
  • SEAA Statewide Appeal Committee

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency, therefore if your residency classification changes you must complete the Residency Update Request through go.waketech.edu.
Once logged in, you will need to click on Student Forms under Menu, and then select Residency Update Request.
If you have questions regarding your classification or requested documentation, please contact RDS at 844-319-3640, or visit ncresidency.org.


Special Situations

For the following special situations please contact Laura Tahamtan:

  • Active military duty transfer to NC
  • Job transfer to NC (same company, job moved to NC)
  • Refugee or Asylee (refugee or asylee status must be approved)

For the following special situation please contact Jessica Johnson:

Need more information?

Visit the Residency Determination Service website.

Now that residency is determined at the state level by RDS, Wake Tech is limited in the information that can be provided. If you need to reach Wake Tech for residency purposes you can contact one of the following:
Laura Tahamtan
919-866-5164
[email protected]

Jessica Johnson
919-532-5711
[email protected].