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Definition of Legal Resident

The definition of resident students for the purpose of attending institutions of higher learning in Georgia are established by the Policies of the Board of Regents of the University System and do not necessarily parallel other definitions of residency. A list of these definitions follow:

1.

(a) If a person is 18 years of age or older, he or she may register as an in-state student only upon showing that he or she has been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least twelve months immediately preceding the date of registration.

(b) No emancipated minor or person 18 years of age or older shall be deemed to have gained or acquired in-state residence status for tuition purposes while attending any educational institution in this State, in the absence of a clear demonstration that he or she has in fact established legal residence in this State.

2. If a person is under 18 years of age, he or she may register as an in-state student only upon a showing proof that his or her supporting parent or guardian has been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least twelve months immediately preceding the date of registration.

3. If a parent or legal guardian of a minor changes his or her legal residence to another state following a period of legal residence in Georgia, the student may retain his or her classification as an in-state student as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled, regardless of the status of his or her parent or legal guardian.

4. In the event that a legal resident of Georgia is appointed as guardian of a nonresident minor, such minor will be permitted to register as in-state student providing the guardian can provide proof he or she has been a resident of Georgia for the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of the court appointment.

5. Aliens shall be classified as nonresident students; provided, however, that an alien who is living in this country under an immigration document permitting indefinite or permanent residence shall have the same privilege of qualifying for in-state tuition as a citizen of the United States.

6. A nonresident student may register as an in-state student providing the studentís parent, parents or spouse can provide proof of legal residency in the State of Georgia for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the date of registration.

7. Waivers: An institution may waive out-of-state tuition for:

(a) international students and superior out-of-state students in selected programs, selected by the institutional president or an authorized representative, provided that the number of such waivers in effect does not exceed two percent of the equivalent full-time students enrolled at the institution in the fall term immediately preceding the term for which the out-of-state tuition is to be waived.

(b) full-time employees of the University System, their spouses, and their dependent children.

(c) medical and dental residents and medical and dental interns at the Georgia Health Sciences University.

(d) full-time classroom teachers and administrators employed in the public schools of Georgia or by the Department of Technical and Adult Education, their spouses and their dependent children. Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia shall also qualify for this waiver.

(e) 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.

(f) 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.

(g) graduate students enrolled at a University System of Georgia research institution receiving a System sponsored assistantship.

(h) resident of a specific out-of-state county bordering a Georgia county in which the reporting institution is located.

(i) full-time members of the Georgia National Guard.

(j) students who are certified by the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (DITT) as being part of a competitive economic development project.

(k) students employed by a Georgia-based corporation who has a contract with the Board of Regents to provide tuition differential waivers to the corporationís non-Georgia-domiciled employees attending University System institutions.

(l) students selected to participate in a program offered through the Academic Common Market.

Page last updated: November 26, 2011