Residency Requirement

Residency Statute

Under North Carolina law, only bona fide legal residents (domiciliaries) of North Carolina are eligible to attend the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Non-residents are ineligible for admission. Copies of the applicable law and of implementing School regulations are available for inspection in the NCSSM Admissions Office. The controlling North Carolina statute, G.S. 116-235(b)(1), requires:

The school shall admit students in accordance with criteria, standards, and procedures established by the Board of Trustees. To be eligible to be considered for admission, an applicant must be a legal resident of the state, as defined by G.S. 116-143.1 (a)(1), or a student whose parent is an active duty member of the armed services, as defined by G. S. 116-143.3(2), who is abiding in this State incident to active military duty at the time the application is submitted, provided that the student shares the abode of the parent; eligibility to remain enrolled in the School shall terminate at the end of any school year during which a student becomes a nonresident of the State.

Policy set by the Board of Trustees requires that the school “enroll only students whose custodial parent or legal guardian has established permanent legal residency in North Carolina by December 1 of the school year in which the student applies for admissions and who otherwise meet the admissions criteria of the School.” To be classified as a resident for admissions and attendance purposes, you must furnish such evidence as the School may require to enable it to make such classification.

Residency Guidelines

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Prospective students seeking to enroll at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) for the Class of 2027 are required to submit an application with the North Carolina Residency Determination Services (RDS) at by January 30, 2025. 

Use the CFNC login that you used to complete your NCSSM application to log into RDS.

If you do not have a CFNC/RDS account, you will need to create one. CFNC and RDS use the same login credentials.

As a reminder, we encourage you to keep your username and password in a safe place. Throughout the RDS application process, you and your parents will be answering questions, but it is only to verify that you are a legal resident of the state of North Carolina. If you are unsure of the information being requested, please inquire with your parents, as the system will verify all information provided. Once you are issued your Residency Certification Number (RCN), you will include it in your Blackbaud Tracking System account, which will be available in early-January, to all students who submitted an application for admissions using CFNC 

The system will determine if your family’s residency status is in-state or out-of-state.  If you receive an out-of-state determination in the initial consideration, you should request a reconsideration from RDS.  If you need to appeal further, you can request an RDS appeal and, if needed, an SEAA appeal

Please visit the “What to Know,” “FAQ,” and “Resources” tabs for more information and help with the RDS process.

If all appeals are exhausted with RDS, the family can submit an appeal in writing with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics,, within ten days of the decision. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

State law requires that in order to be eligible to attend NCSSM, an applicant must be a resident of the state of North Carolina or have a parent abiding in North Carolina due to active service in the military. As part of the application process, students are required to provide NCSSM with proof that they meet one of these criteria. For the applicant to be a resident of North Carolina, his or her parents or legal guardians must prove that they have established permanent residency in the state. Following are some frequently asked questions regarding the determination of state residency.

Residency questions?