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Verification of Lawful Presence

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has instituted policies that affect all applicants who seek in-state tuition at USG institutions. According to USG policy, individuals who apply Fall 2011 and beyond must submit documentation of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency before being considered for in-state tuition.

The following documents serve as proof of lawful presence in the United States (U.S.) One of the following is required before students are eligible for in-state tuition:

  • A completed FAFSA for the current or next financial aid year.

  • A U.S. birth certificate showing the applicant was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. 

  • Copy of current U.S. passport.

  • Copy of a current driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.

  • Copy of a U.S. certificate of naturalization.

  • Copy of U.S. certificate of citizenship.

  • A U.S. certificate of birth abroad issued by the Department of State or a consular report of birth abroad.

Applicants whose status cannot be verified are not eligible for in-state tuition regardless of how long they have lived in Georgia.