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Petition for Tuition Classification

Each University System of Georgia institution has the responsibility to protect the taxpayers of Georgia by ensuring that students are correctly classified as “in-state” for tuition purposes. The overwhelming proportion of financial support for the operation of the public institutions of higher education in Georgia comes from citizens through the payment of taxes thus making correct tuition classifications critical. The practice of assessing a higher tuition rate for out-of-state students allows the taxpayers of the state to be assured that they are not assuming the financial burden of educating individuals whose connection to the state of Georgia is temporary. The Board of Regents tuition classification policies (Section 4.3.2 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual) reflect the requirements for instate classification as required by O.C.G.A. 20-3-66 passed by the Georgia Legislature in July 2008.

Applications processed by the Admissions (new students) or Office of the Registrar (former students) will be reviewed with emphasis on those students requesting in-state tuition with positive responses to Georgia residency questions. Our policy provides that these students will be initially coded as in-state awaiting proof of their U.S. lawful presence.

If the student made an error when completing the residency questions on the college’s Admission Application (new students), he/she may correct the error(s) by completing the Application Correction form available on the Admission’s Office homepage and submit it to that office for evaluate.

If a student has been classified as a non-resident and his/her status cannot be amended by using a correction form, then the student may consider another option which is the East Georgia State College Petition for Tuition Classification form available on the FORMS link.  Before taking that step, students should carefully review the instructions and be aware that the first decision they must make is whether he/she is eligible to petition as a dependent or independent student and to understand the definition of each. We would like to remind students that there are many factors we consider in the decision-making process concerning approval for in-state residency status. For more information about the classification of students for tuition purposes, students should review Section 4.3.2 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual, Classification of Students for Tuition Purposes found online at http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/policy/4.3_student_residency

If the student made an error after submitting the East Georgia State College Petition for Tuition Classification form, he/she must report their corrections on the Residency Classification Correction form available on the FORMS link and send it along with required supportive documentation to the Office of the Registrar to evaluate

Who should file this petition?

The East Georgia State College Petition for Tuition Classification form along with required supportive documentation as listed on the petition must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and students will be notified about the decision by letter. The supportive documentation must provide evidence that the student’s *domicile (or parent’s domicile for dependent students) has been established and maintained in Georgia for 12 continuous months immediately preceding the first day of classes. Students under the age of 24 are presumed to be dependents upon their parent(s); and in those cases the documentation applies to the parent, Periods of attendance by an individual who entered Georgia to matriculate at an education institution, public or private, are not counted toward the 12- month durational requirement.

* A student’s domicile (or parent’s domicile of a dependent student) is their present, permanent home where they intend to stay indefinitely and to which they return after periods of temporary absence. To acquire domicile, an individual must demonstrate intent to remain permanently or indefinitely. Temporary residence does not constitute the establishment of one’s domicile. Domicile, once established, is not affected by mere transient or temporary physical presence in another state, provide steps have not been taken to establish domicile in that state. A student may not have more than one domicile even though he/she may maintain more than one residence. Student who moves to the state of Georgia for the purpose of pursing their education cannot be classified as in-state unless they unequivocally prove that they have subsequently decided to make Georgia their legal domicile.  A student’s domicile depends upon whether they are an independent or dependent student. Georgia Code 20-3-66 defines the meaning of independent and dependent.

Who may be eligible for in-state status for tuition purposes?

An independent student who moved to Georgia and:

  • Moved to the state for reasons other than attending a post-secondary educational institution;
  • Abandoned all ties to their previous state or country of residence;
  • Receives no financial assistance from outside of Georgia;
  • Demonstrates a self-sustaining
  • Is not claimed as a dependent on the taxes of someone who resides outside of Georgia;
  • Is contributing to the state by paying income taxes; and
  • Is a U.S. citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, refugee, asylee, or other eligible noncitizen as defined by federal Title IV regulations.

A dependent student whose parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian moved to Georgia and:

  • Moved to the state for reasons other than attending a post-secondary educational institution;
  • Abandoned all ties to their previous state or country of residence;
  • Receives no financial assistance from outside of Georgia;
  • Is contributing to the state by paying taxes; and
  • Is a U.S. citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, refugee, asylee, or other eligible noncitizen as defined by federal Title IV regulations.

In addition to the above, a dependent student of a Georgia-domiciled parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian must either:

A. Be a graduate of a Georgia high school; or
B. Be claimed as a dependent on their Georgia-domiciled parent’s state and federal income taxes

To insure timely completion of required processing, a student/applicant requesting a change of residence classification for a specific semester should file a petition form along with all required supporting documentation not later than two weeks (12 working days) prior to registration. Decisions prior to registration cannot be guaranteed when petitions and all supporting documentation are received after the specified deadline. Students are reminded that they must still have their tuition and fees paid by the semester’s Final Fee Payment Deadline as listed on the Academic Calendar even if their petition is still under review.

Petitions for Georgia Residence Classification and all supporting documentation must be filed with the Classification Officer in the Office of the Registrar no later than 45 days after the beginning of a specific academic semester for which classification as a legal resident for fee payment purposes is requested. Petitions received after that time will not be considered for that semester. If the petition is approved, classification as a legal resident for fee payment purposes will not be retroactive to prior semesters.

A student/applicant wishing to appeal a denial decision resulting from his or Petition for Georgia Residence Classification may request a review of that decision before the President, submitting such request in writing within 20 days of the decision. If the petition is denied and the student/applicant wishes to petition for a later semester, a new petition must be submitted for that semester.