FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Visit the FAFSA website to complete the FAFSA.

The FAFSA results provides students with eligibility to receive additional scholarships/grants to reduce the amount of additional finacial aid needed to pay for college expenses. It also provides students the ability to fund their college expenses at much lower interest rates than can be offered through financial institutions.

Please be sure to have your last tax return information available along with parent/guardian and student's Social Security Numbers. If you do not have a SSN, enter 999-999-9999 into those spaces.

During the month of November, each branch of the State Employee's Credit Union (SECU) will be offering free assistance to families completing the FAFSA. Please schedule an appointment for this service.

RDS (Residency Determination Service)

Visit the RDS website to complete your student's residency certification to receive a Residency Determination Number (RDN).

The RDN provides colleges with the determination as to whether to charge the student at an in-state cost of tuition, or at the out-of-state tuition rate. If a student does not provide the college with an RDN, the student will automatically be charged as an out-of-state student.


There is a new resource from LendEDU that breaks down specific college financial aid options for North Carolina students. Our guide covers grants, scholarships, and student loans that are only offered to students from North Carolina or who plan to attend a college or university in North Carolina.

You can review the page here: https://lendedu.com/blog/north-carolina-student-loans-scholarships-and-grants/

I believe our guide could be helpful to our students since most resources available online only cover nationwide financial aid options. Since these options are specific to North Carolina students, they may even be less competitive.