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 notification must provide Wake Tech with a valid Residency Certification Number (RCN). Login to your RDS account and view your RCN expiration date.  The RCN must be valid (not expired) on the first day of the term for which you are trying to register.

If you have a valid RCN:

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency.  If your residency classification changes or extends, you must complete the Wake Tech Residency Update Request form.

To access the form, login at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password.  Once logged in, you will need to click on Menu, followed by Student, then Student Forms, and then select Residency Update Request.

If you do not have a valid RCN:

If you have never completed a residency interview with RDS or have an expired/expiring RCN, please complete an online residency interview through the Residency Determination Service (RDS).

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 re-billed at the out-of-state rate.

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency.  If your residency classification changes or extends, you must complete the Wake Tech Residency Update Request form.

To access the form, login at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password.  Once logged in, you will need to click on Menu, followed by Student, then Student Forms, and then select Residency Update Request.


Notification that “Residency Status does not match RDS”, what can I do?

Students who receive this notification must complete the Residency Update Request form through go.waketech.edu.

To access the form, login at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password.  Once logged in, you will need to click on Menu, followed by Student, then Student Forms, and then select Residency Update Request.

 


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

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency.  If your residency classification changes or extends, you must complete the Wake Tech Residency Update Request form.

To access the form, login at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password.  Once logged in, you will need to click on Menu, followed by Student, then Student Forms, 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.  If your residency classification changes or extends, you must complete the Wake Tech Residency Update Request form.

To access the form, login at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password.  Once logged in, you will need to click on Menu, followed by Student, then Student Forms, and then select Residency Update Request.


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

If your reconsideration/appeal is under review you still need to make a payment by the payment deadline so you do not lose your classes.

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, please 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.


Do I get a refund if my residency classification changes to in-state after the semester starts?

If a student’s residency classification changes from out-of-state to in-state at any point during the semester, the student must submit a Residency Update Request form. 

To access the form, login at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password.  Once logged in, you will need to click on Menu, followed by Student, then Student Forms, and then select Residency Update Request.

Wake Tech cannot update residency classifications or issue refunds for previous semesters.  Any updates in residency should be submitted before the semester ends.

All refunds are handled through BankMobile and follow the refund schedule found on the Cashier’s Office webpage.

 


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); 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 re-billed at the out-of-state rate.

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency.  If your residency classification changes or extends, you must complete the Wake Tech Residency Update Request form.

To access the form, login at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password.  Once logged in, you will need to click on Menu, followed by Student, then Student Forms, 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); 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 re-billed 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

Wake Tech does not automatically update your residency.  If your residency classification changes or extends, you must complete the Wake Tech Residency Update Request form.

To access the form, login at go.waketech.edu using your Wake Tech user ID and password.  Once logged in, you will need to click on Menu, followed by Student, then Student Forms, and then select Residency Update Request.

 

 

 

 

 


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:

Employer Sponsorship Information
Sponsorship by North Carolina Business Form

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].