In order to be eligible for federal student aid (loans, grants, and some scholarships), students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


    Residency Determination Service (RDS)

    Residency Determination Service (RDS)  is the process used to determine if students qualify for in-state tuition

    What to Know about RDS Video

    It is suggested that students do the following -

    1. Complete RDS

    2. Submit College Admissions Applications

    3. Complete FAFSA


    Students must create an FSA ID How to Create a FSA ID video in order to "sign" their FAFSA applications.  Students are encouraged to create their FSAID toward the beginning of their senior year (one FSAID for the student and at least one parent).  Visit the FSAID webpage to complete this process.

    • The FSAID is a username and password used to access the application platform


    CFNC is a great resource for FAFSA assistance.  FAFSA Day will be held October 23, 2021.  For more information, visit CFNC FAFSA Day to register or receive helpful tips related to FAFSA completion.


    Visit the FAFSA website to complete the 2021-22 application as early as October 1, 2021


    FAFSA and RDS Quick Reference