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Georgia Residency Information
Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes
The purpose of this page is to provide students information about petitioning for Georgia residency for tuition classification purposes. For more detailed information about the requirements set forth by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, please review the USG POLICIES regarding student residency.
To establish your Georgia residence for in-state tuition classification purposes, you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen who has been physically present in the state for at least one year, and you must be able to provide convincing evidence that your intent for the entire year has been to establish a permanent residence in the state. A student whose only reason for moving to Georgia was to attend an educational institution does not qualify for Georgia residency classification. The criteria considered when determining a student’s eligibility for in-state tuition depends on a student’s status as an INDEPENDENT OR DEPENDENT STUDENT. Students under the age of 24 claiming to be independent will be required to provide proof of being financially self-sufficient and proof they have not been claimed as a dependent on the federal or state income tax returns filed by his/her parent(s) or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian for the most recent tax year.
Instructions and Procedures for Applying for Residency
A new student’s residency status is based on information provided on the admission’s application.
If you are classified as a Georgia resident based on the information you provided on the admission’s application, you will be required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. For more information about this requirement, please review the admission’s department’s LAWFUL PRESENCE INFORMATION.
If you are classified as a Non-Resident of Georgia and you feel this status is incorrect, you may be required to provide documentation to support a change in residency status. Documentation may include Georgia tax forms, Georgia Driver’s license, or a full PETITION FOR GEORGIA RESIDENCY depending on the reason the admission’s department determined the initial Non-Resident classification. If a full Petition for Georgia Residency is required, all documentation listed on the last page of the petition will be required.
If you are a continuing student and you feel that you have met the requirements for Georgia residency, the following steps are required to apply for a change in residency status:
- Complete the PETITION FOR GEORGIA RESIDENCY. All sections of the form must be completed.
- Collect all documentation required. A list of all required documents is listed on the last page of the petition. If you cannot provide one of the required documents listed, please explain the reason for not providing the document in your statement of intent and provide supplemental documentation to support your residency (example: vehicle registrations, utility bills, voter registration, etc.)
- Provide Proof of Lawful Presence. Any student requesting in-state tuition is required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. Please review the LAWFUL PRESENCE INFORMATION for more details.
- Turn in completed petition, supporting residency documentation, and proof of lawful presence to the Registrar’s office. The Registrar’s office is located in Victor Hall Room 106. You may also, fax documents to 912.344.3410 or mail to Office of the Registrar, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419.
Deadline for petitioning for Georgia residency is by the end of the 5thweek of the semester for fall and spring and by the end of the 1stweek of the summer term.
Out-of-State Tuition Waivers
Some students who do not meet the requirements for Georgia Residency may be eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver. Please review the list of available out-of-state waivers before applying. Any student requesting in-state tuition is required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. Please review the LAWFUL PRESENCE INFORMATION for more details. If you feel you are eligible for an out-of-state waiver, complete the OUT-OF-STATE WAIVER APPLICATION and submit all required documents including proof of lawful presence to the Registrar’s office. The Registrar’s office is located in Victor Hall Room 106. You may also, fax documents to 912.344.3410 or mail to Office of the Registrar, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419.
Military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children stationed in or assigned to Georgia and on active duty are eligible for this waiver.
Recently Separated Military
Military members who retired or otherwise separated from active duty within 12 months of first day of the term of enrollment at Armstrong are eligible for this waiver. This waiver may also be granted to spouses and/or dependent children.
Students who can provide clear evidence that they have relocated to the state of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and have established domicile in the state of Georgia are eligible for this wavier. This waiver may also be granted to spouses and/or dependent children.
Full-time Employee of Georgia Public Schools
Full-time employees in the public schools of Georgia or in the Technical College System of Georgia, their spouses, and their dependent children are eligible for this waiver. Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia also qualify for this waiver.
Full-time Employee of University System of Georgia
Full-time employees of the University System of Georgia, their spouses, and their dependent children are eligible for this waiver.
Georgia National Guard Waiver or U.S. Military Reservist
Students who are active members of the Georgia National Guard, students who are stationed or assigned to Georgia by their National Guard, or students who are active members of a unit of the U.S. Military Reserves based in Georgia are eligible for this waiver. Spouses and dependent children of the qualifying member are also eligible for this waiver.
Dependent students whose parents or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has maintained domicile in Georgia for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term are eligible for this waiver.
Independent students whose spouse has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term are eligible for this waiver.
Vocational Rehabilitation Waiver
Only students who are enrolled in a University System of Georgia institution based on a referral by the Vocational Rehabilitation Program of the Georgia Department of Labor are eligible for this waiver.