Out-of-State Student Classification Change

Students are responsible for registering under the proper classification for tuition purposes. If they believe the initial determination of their classification as an out-of-state student is in error or if they have established legal residence in the state since the semester of their first enrollment, they may apply for classification as an in-state student. The residency petition may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar or the Office of Admissions. The petition must be filed no later than 30 days before the first day of class for the semester for the semester begins in order for the reclassification to take place. This affidavit, when completed, should include documentation such as a statement of voter registration, a copy of the most recent income tax withholding statement, a certified copy of the most recent Georgia Income Tax Return, and copies of any other documents which might substantiate the claim that they have been legal residents of Georgia for twelve months or more prior to the date of registration. These documents might include their selective service registration, a hunting or fishing license, an insurance policy, Last Will and Testament, indication of a Georgia checking or savings account and/or safety deposit box, and certification of membership in professional, business, civic, or other organization in Georgia.

The Registrar will review petitions for classification as an in-state student and will notify students of action taken. If the petition is granted, reclassification will not be retroactive to prior semesters.

Appeal of Classification as an Out-of-State Student

Students who wish to appeal a residency decision may request a review of the petition by the University within twenty days. This request must be in the form of a written statement listing in detail the grounds on which they challenge their classification and must include any documentation not already submitted. Any residency decision may be appealed in writing to the Vice President for Enrollment Management.