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Residency Requirements

In-State Tuition

Who should file an Application for In-State Tuition?

This application, with supporting documents, should be submitted by students who have been notified by the institution that they have been classified as out-of-state for tuition purposes. The petition may be submitted by students wishing to submit additional documentation as evidence that domicile has been established and maintained in Georgia for 12 continuous months immediately preceding the first day of classes and wishing to request to be considered for possible reclassification.

For more information about the classification of students for tuition purposes, students should review Section 4.3.2 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual, Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes found online at http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/policy/4.3_student_residency/  

Who may be eligible for in-state status for tuition purposes?

  • An independent student who moved to Georgia and:
    • Moved to the state for reasons other than attending a post-secondary educational institution; 
    • Abandoned all ties to their previous state or country of residence; 
    • Receives no financial assistance from outside of Georgia; 
    • Is not claimed as a dependent on the taxes of someone who resides outside of Georgia; 
    • Is contributing to the state by paying income taxes; and 
    • Is a U.S. citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, refugee, asylee, or other eligible noncitizen as defined by federal Title IV regulations.
  • A dependent student whose parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian moved to Georgia and: 
    • Moved to the state for reasons other than attending a post-secondary educational institution; 
    • Abandoned all ties to their previous state or country of residence; 
    • Receives no financial assistance from outside of Georgia; 
    • Is contributing to the state by paying taxes; and 
    • Is a U.S. citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, refugee, asylee, or other eligible noncitizen as defined by federal Title IV regulations.
    • In addition to the above, a dependent student of a Georgia-domiciled parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian must either be a:   
            a. Graduate of a Georgia high school; or
         
            b. Dependent claimed on the Georgia-domiciled parent’s state or federal income tax return. 

Out of State Tuition Waivers

Students who have been classified as out-of-state for tuition purposes and believe they are entitled to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes may appeal by filing an Application for In-state Tuition.  Students who are lawfully present in the U.S. but are not qualified to pay in-state tuition may be eligible to pay the in-state tuition rate by means of one of the following out-of-state tuition waivers.  Students who are not lawfully present in the U.S. or whose deportation action has been deferred under DACA must pay out-of-state tuition and cannot receive a waiver.

Deadlines:

New students who have not yet begun classes: Submit the Application for In-state Tuition form no later than twenty-one (21) days prior to the term for which in-state tuition status is requested, with as much supporting documentation as possible, to the appropriate Admissions Office.  Out-of-state tuition waivers should be submitted at least seven (7) days prior to the term for which the petition is made.

Currently enrolled students: Submit the Application for In-state Tuition with the Registrar's Office.  Applications cannot be submitted for currently or previously enrolled semesters.  These students must submit the Application for In-state Tuition form or out-of-state tuition waiver to the Registrar's Office by the following deadlines:

Fall-July 15                 Spring-December 1                 Summer-April 1

If a decision has not been reached prior to the fee payment deadline, the student may be required to pay out-of-state tuition to prevent the cancellation of classes. A refund of this portion of tuition will be issued if determined eligible to receive this waiver.

Out of State Tuition Waivers:

  • Non-Resident.  As of the first day of classes for the term, this waiver may be granted to a non-resident student if he or she is a dependent of a parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian or has a spouse who has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months. Please open the waiver for additional requirements.
  • Economic Advantage.  As of the first day of classes for the term, an economic advantage waiver may be granted to a dependent or independent student who can provide clear evidence that the student or the student's parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed guardian has relocated to the State of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and has established domicile in the State of Georgia. Relocation to the state must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education. This waiver will expire 12 months from the date the waiver was granted.
  • Full-Time School Employees. Full-time employees in the public schools of Georgia or of the Technical College System of Georgia, their spouses, and their dependent children. Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia shall also qualify for this waiver.
  • Military Personnel.  Military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children stationed in Georgia and on active duty, unless such military personnel are assigned as students to System institutions for educational purposes.
  • Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservist.  Active members of the Georgia National Guard, stationed or assigned to Georgia or active members of a unit of the U.S. Military Reserves based in Georgia, and their spouses and their dependent children.
  • Recently Separated Military Service Personnel. Members of a uniformed military service of the United States who, within 36 months of separation from such service, enroll in an academic program and demonstrate an intent to become a permanent resident of Georgia. This waiver may also be granted to their spouses and dependent children. This waiver may be granted for not more than one year.
  • University System Employees and Dependents. Full-time employees of the University System, their spouses, and their dependent children.
  • Career Consular Officials. Career consular officers, their spouses, and their dependent children who are citizens of the foreign Nation that their consular office represents and who are stationed and living in Georgia under orders of their respective governments.
  • International and Domestic Exchange Program Students.  A student who enrolls in a University System institution as a participant in an international or domestic direct exchange program that provides reciprocal benefits to University System students. The program coordinator will provide a list of students participating in this program to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. These students will then receive this waiver.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Waiver. Students enrolled in a University System of Georgia institution based on a referral by the Vocational Rehabilitation Program of the Georgia Department of Labor.

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