The FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, has changed!

Students planning on entering college in the Fall of 2019 are now able to complete their FAFSA application starting October 1st. States and schools have limited funds, so don't delay!

Do you have your FAFSA ID?

Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.


Need to fill out your 2017-2018 FAFSA?

Start A New FAFSA Here

Want More Access to Scholarships, Grants, Loans and Work Study Programs?

The FAFSA stands for Free Federal Student Financial Aid. Most students who apply will be eligible to receive federal loans, scholarships, grants and be eligible to participate in work-study programs to help families pay for the cost of college. ANYONE (no really, anyone) can fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA portal opens on October 1 so start filling it out as soon as possible!

Visit their website for more details, or stop by and ask your counselor for more information!

FAFSA 2019-2020: Parent Resources

2019-2020 FAFSA: What You Need To Know

FAFSA Checklist 2019-2020

FAFSA Changes for 2019-2020

Watch these videos for more information!!

North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) High School Students

Seniors applying to In-State NC Public Colleges and Universities must fill out the RDS form in order to be eligible for In-State Tuition. Here are Important Things to remember and steps on how to complete the form.


QUALIFY FOR In-state TUITION at NC public colleges and universities

BE ELIGIBLE FOR NC state GRANT consideration at all NC colleges and universities


BEFORE College Admission Applications

WITH Your parent/legal guardian (in most cases)

FAFSA TOO Make it easy – do FAFSA too -- much of the information is the same

GO TO RDS: www.ncresidency.org

STEP 1: LOGIN to RDS using your CFNC User Name and Password

STEP 2: UPDATE your Profile (BE ACCURATE – SSN and Date of Birth are critical)

STEP 3: RDS Online Interview with parent/legal guardian (you need their information)

 social security numbers (or other identifiable number)

 tax return information, vehicle registration, and driver’s license

 voter registration and other information about residency in North Carolina

STEP 4: UPLOAD documents (RDS tells you if you need documents – not everyone does)


BE ACCURATE Mistakes cause BIG problems

FINISH RDS Online Interview cancelled, if NOT complete in 25 days

DON’T GUESS RDS checks your answers with NC State Agencies

Guessing = NON-resident

SUBMIT DOCS RDS shows if you need documents and which ones – not everyone does

UPLOAD or send to RDS

NOT done without required documents (you have 25 days)

RDS STATUS SCREEN – when you finish, you see:

YOUR RCN Residency Certification Number (unique identifier never changes)

CLASSIFICATION “Resident” or “Non-Resident” AND “In-State” or “Out-of-State” tuition

DOCUMENTS 20% of students required to submit documents

RDS shows if you need documents and which ones – NOT everyone does

NOT done without required documents (you have 25 days)

DON’T AGREE with your determination?

Review your status at RDS. Login at www.NCresidency.org

RECONSIDERATION to correct or enter additional information

APPEAL to provide special information -- you have 10 days to request

Call RDS toll-free: 844-319-3640


Go to CFNC.org APP HUB (RCN prefills on CFNC applications)

Go to college website (enter RCN when asked)

Student Aid Report

Once you've finished filling out the FAFSA, visit the Student Aid Report helpful hints website to learn more about managing your money!

Learn more about the FAFSA and get help understanding it by visiting the Mapping Your Future website

Here is more information and other important grant and scholarship resources!

Paying for college can come in many forms. They may include loans, work-study, grants and scholarship. The links below will help you begin the process of funding your education. You can also search the College Scorecard to find what school is a good fit for you financially.