Georgia Highlands College

OUT-OF-STATE WAIVER POLICY

An institution may award out-of-state tuition differential waivers and assess in-state tuition for certain non-Georgia residents under the conditions listed below. Notwithstanding any provision in this policy, no person who is unlawfully present in the United States shall be eligible for any waiver of the tuition differential.

International and Superior Out-of-State Students
International students and superior out-of-state students selected by the institution president or an authorized representative, provided that the number of such waivers in effect does not exceed two percent (2%) 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. Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA to be considered for this waiver.

University System Employees and Dependents
Full-time USG employees, their spouses, and their dependent children.

Full-Time School Employees
Full-time employees in the public schools of Georgia or the Technical College System of Georgia, their spouses, and their dependent children. Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia shall also qualify for this waiver.

Career Consular Officials
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.

Military Personnel
Military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children stationed in or assigned to Georgia and on active duty. The waiver can be retained by the military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children if:

  1. The military sponsor is reassigned outside of Georgia, and the student(s) remain(s) continuously enrolled and the military sponsor remains on active military status;
  2. The military sponsor is reassigned out-of-state and the spouse and dependent children remain in Georgia and the sponsor remains on active military duty; or,
  3. The active military personnel and their spouse and dependent children are stationed in a state contiguous to the Georgia border and live in Georgia.

Border County Residents
Residents of an out-of-state county bordering a Georgia county in which the reporting institution or a Board-approved external center of the University System is located shall qualify for this waiver. The USG approved border county for Georgia Highlands is Cherokee County, Alabama.

Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists
Active members of the Georgia National Guard, stationed or assigned to Georgia or active members of a unit of the U.S. Military Reserves based in Georgia, and their spouses and their dependent children.

Economic Advantage
As of the first day of classes for the term, an economic advantage waiver may be granted to a As of the first day of classes for the term, an economic advantage waiver may be granted to a dependent or independent student who can provide clear evidence that the student or the student's parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed guardian has relocated to the State of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and has established domicile in the State of Georgia. Relocation to the state must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education.

Recently Separated Military Service Personnel
Members of a uniformed military service of the United States who, within twelve (12) months of separation from such service, enroll in an academic program and demonstrate an intent to become domiciled in Georgia. This waiver may also be granted to their spouses and dependent children. This waiver may be granted for not more than one (1) year.

Non-Resident Waiver
As of the first day of classes for the term, a Non-Resident Student waiver may be granted to a dependent or independent student who is under the age of 24 and whose parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months so long as the student can provide clear evidence showing the relationship to the parent, spouse, or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has existed for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term.

Senior Citizen
According to the provisions of Amendment 23 to the Georgia Constitution, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia established the following to accommodate the enrollment of senior adults in system schools:

  1. Applicants must be legal residents of Georgia, 62 years of age or older at the time of registration, and must present a birth certificate or other comparable written documentation of age.
  2. Admitted students may enroll as regular or auditing students in courses on a space available basis without payment of tuition, except for supplies, laboratory fees, parking, and certain other technology and related fees.
  3. Applicants must meet all other University System and institutional admissions requirements.
  4. May not enroll in Dental Hygiene or Nursing under the provisions of this Policy.
  5. Must meet all System, institution, and legislated degree requirements if they are degree seeking students.


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