Isothermal Community College

Office of Admissions

Residency Status

Residency status (in-state versus out-of-state) is now determined by the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS). It is a FREE service. Before applying to Isothermal Community College, students will need to complete their residency status. Be sure to write down your Residency Certification Number (RCN). You will need it when you fill out an application to the college. 

Please be aware that being an out-of-state student will not impact your ability to be accepted into a program at Isothermal Community College; it simply indicates the type of tuition rates that will apply.

Implications For Financial Aid

If you have been awarded financial aid, please be aware that as an out-of-state student your Pell grant may not cover all your tuition costs, and you should be prepared to make up the difference yourself.

Top Mistakes to avoid on RDS

  1. Not starting early enough
  2. If you already have an account, don't create another one.
  3. Don't move through the application too quickly.
  4. Not reading instructions
  5. Supplying incorrect identifiers - Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number (for you and your parent/legal guardian) must be correct. Type carefully and double check!
  6. Entering your name, date of birth, and Social Security Number differently in RDS than on your college admissions application.  
  7. Skipping questions
  8. Giving inaccurate answers 
  9. Guessing at answers
  10. Not answering questions
  11. Not giving financial information to prove you are INDEPENDENT of parent/legal guardian if you are independent.
  12. Not providing your parent/guardian information if you are under 24 years of age and dependent
  13. Not submitting required documents
  14. Not finishing your application after completing RDS
  15. Not doing a Reconsideration or Appeal if you need to
  16. Not asking for help if you need it.

You can get help within the RDS online interview by looking for the "i" for additional explanation of what information is needed or how to proceed from that point within the RDS online interview. If you are having technical difficulties, or cannot find an answer online, you may call the toll free number at 844-319-3640 or the local number at 919-835-2290 to speak with an RDS customer service representative. The customer service hours are Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.