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Residency Law

In 2013, Session Law 2013-360 directed the University of North Carolina (UNCGA), the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA), and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) to create a centralized, uniform process for determining residency for tuition purposes and for administration of state financial aid. Following passage of the law, these partners created a structure to design and develop the Residency Determination Service (RDS), both to satisfy the mandate and to provide accurate, consistent, timely, and cost effective residency determination in support of the admissions application process for North Carolina colleges and universities. RDS also supports establishing residency eligibility for NC state grant consideration.

Residency Determination Service

If you believe that you qualify as a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes, you may apply for in-state resident status using the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS). Before applying for in-state resident status, we strongly recommend that you also carefully review the Residency Guidelines.

Once you have received determination, RDS will provide you with a Residency Certification Number (RCN) and a summary of the information you entered.  Your RCN will be required to complete your SCC Admissions Application at

Sampson Community College Exceptions

The General Assembly has enacted laws that grant resident status for tuition purposes to certain categories of students attending community college programs. These special tuition rules do not apply to students attending constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina. Exceptions at Sampson Community College include:

  • Business-Sponsored Students
  • Military and Military Dependents
  • Career and College Promise Students (dual enrolled high school)
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • Basic Skills Plus Students

If you believe that you qualify for an exception, please contact the Admissions Office located in Student Services at (910) 592-8084 or

Business Sponsored Students

When an employer (other than the armed services) pays tuition for an employee to attend a community college and the employee works at a North Carolina business location, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate (G.S. 115D-39).  To qualify, the following must be completed and returned to Sampson Community College prior to registration for the intended semester:

  1. New students must complete the online SCC Admissions Application.
  2. The student must complete residency determination at
  3. The employer sponsoring the student must provide a letter, on business letterhead, stating that the student they wish to sponsor is indeed an employee of the business and that the business intends to pay for the student’s tuition and fees with a business check. The exact amount of in-state tuition and fees owed by the student must be included in the letter. This must be provided each semester.
  4. The employer must complete and sign the Business Sponsorship Form.
  5. Exact amount of in-state tuition and fees for the student’s enrolled credit hours must be provided on the business check. Checks should be made payable to “Sampson Community College”. Include the student’s full name in the Memo section.
  6. Bring all required documents and business check to the Director of Admissions in Student Services for verification.
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