Residency Policy

The State Board of Technical and Adult Education recognizes three student residency categories: in-state, out-of-state and international.

A student's legal residence shall determine the tuition rate paid by the student.

  1. Students who are residents of the United States and otherwise qualify as Georgia residents shall pay tuition and fees prescribed by the State Board for in-state students.
  2. Students who are residents of the United States but do not otherwise qualify as Georgia residents shall pay tuition and fees at a rate two times that charged in-state students. These students are recognized as out-of-state students.
  3. Students who are residents of a country other than the United States and are studying at a technical college shall pay tuition and fees at a rate four times that charged in-state students. These students are recognized as international students.

Please note: Residency classification also directly affects a student’s eligibility for state-based aid (i.e. HOPE Grant & Scholarship). Students in any classification other than an In-State are not eligible for state-based aid. Individuals who wish to qualify for another type of residency must complete a Petition for Change of Residency Classification found on the college web site and submit all required documentation. The form should be submitted to the Director of Admissions prior to the document deadline for a given term. Residency status is not changed automatically and the burden of proof rests with the student to demonstrate that he or she qualifies for a change of status. Changes to residency classification are for future terms only and will not result in refunds to students.

Each college shall be responsible for the verification of the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted student applying for Georgia resident tuition status as required by state and federal immigration laws, unless the student is participating in a dual enrollment program with a secondary institution. Verification procedures shall comply with O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1.

Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States

U.S. Citizens

  1. A current U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport card.
  2. A current State of Georgia Driver’s License or State of Georgia State ID card issued after 1/1/2008.
  3. An unexpired driver’s license or identification card issued by one of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the United States Virgin Island, American Samoa, or the Swain Islands, provided that it contains a photograph of the bearer or lists sufficient identifying information regarding the bearer, such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color, and address to enable the identification of the bearer [O.C.G.A. § 50-36-2(b)(3); 8 CFR § 274a.2]. Link: https://law.georgia.gov/resources/immigration-reports (List of States)
  4. An Original or Certified U.S. Birth Certificate. Photocopies are not acceptable. The official seal must be visible on it from a U.S. state, county, municipal authority, or territory.
  5. A current U.S. Military ID (service member only, not dependent). Must be presented in person.
  6. A completed FAFSA application may satisfy this requirement. The FAFSA year must correspond with your term of admission.
  7. A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
  8. A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  9. A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350).
  10. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).

Other:

  1. A current Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card.
  2. I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record).
  3. I-766 (Employment Authorization Card).

Non-Citizen Eligibility for In-State Tuition

Any non-citizen student requesting to pay at the in-state tuition rate will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States in order to be classified as an in-state student or awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver.

TCSG Procedure 6.2.2p: "Each college shall be responsible for the verification of the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted student applying for Georgia resident tuition status as required by state and federal immigration laws."

How can a student verify lawful presence?

  • Students who file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and are eligible for federal student aid will have their lawful presence verified as part of the FAFSA process.
  • A clear copy of an original or certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory, A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). The copy must very clearly show the raised or written seal to be acceptable.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • Unexpired Georgia and select out of state Drivers licenses and state ID cards can be accepted under certain conditions. It must be a Real ID and not contain any of the verbiage in the chart below. If the copy received has the top portion of the card cut off the document will not satisfy lawful presence.
  • A current military ID (service member only, not dependent). Documented using the Confirmation of Review of Military ID Worksheet - A photocopy is not acceptable.
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551). We require both the front & back sides of your Permanent Resident Card to be submitted. It must not expire before the first day of class of the term the student will start classes.
  • Students admitted on an F, J or M Visa will have their lawful presence verified through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
  • Students admitted on any other Visa will have their lawful presence verified through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program.

State

DL/ID Requirements for Acceptance

Alabama

Must NOT be marked "FN"

Alaska

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

California

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term." Instruction Permits, Commercial Learner’s Permits, and temporary licenses cannot be accepted.

Delaware

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term" or "Temporary"

Florida

Must NOT be marked "Temporary"

Georgia

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

Idaho

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

Iowa

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

Kentucky

Must NOT be marked "Not for REAL ID purposes"

Louisiana

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

Maryland

Must NOT indicate "T" restriction

Missouri

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

Montana

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term" or "Temporary"

Nevada

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

North Carolina

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

Ohio

Must NOT indicate that it is "nonrenewable and nontransferable"

Oklahoma

Must NOT be marked "Temporary"

South Carolina

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

Tennessee

Must NOT be marked "Temporary"

Texas

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term" or "Temporary"

Vermont

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"

Wisconsin

Must NOT be marked "Limited Term"