Definition of a Legal Resident
According to the policies of the Board of Regents of the University
System of Georgia, an applicant is a legal resident of the State
under the following circumstances:
1. (a) If a person is 18 years of age or older, he or she may
register as an in-state student only by 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 other person 18 years of age or older
shall be deemed to have gained or acquired in-state 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 showing 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 minor may continue to take courses for a period
of twelve consecutive months on the payment of in-state tuition.
After the expiration of the twelve-month period, the student may
continue his or her registration only upon the payment of fees at
the out-of-state rate.
4. In the event that a legal resident of Georgia is appointed
as guardian of a nonresident minor, such minor will not be permitted
to register as an in-state student until the expiration of one year
from the date of court appointment, and then only by properly showing
that such appointment was not made to avoid payment of the out-of-state
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. Waivers: An institution may waive out-of-state tuition for:
(a) nonresident students who are financially dependent upon a parent,
parents, or spouse who has been a legal resident of Georgia for
at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the date
of registration provided, however, that such financial dependence
shall have existed for at least twelve consecutive months immediately
preceding the date of registration;
(b) international students, selected by the institution president
or her/his authorized representative, provided, however, that the
number of such waivers in effect at any time does not exceed one
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, provided (1) institutions are allowed one
percent of waivers for special cases, such as superior out-of-state
students in selected programs and/or international students; (2)
the maximum fee waiver for any institution is two percent.
(c) full-time employees of the University System, their spouses,
and their dependent children;
(d) medical and dental residents and medical and dental intems at
the Medical College of Georgia;
(e) full-time teachers in the public schools of Georgia or in the
programs of the State Board of Technical and Adult Education and
their dependent children. Teachers employed full-time on military
bases in Georgia shall also qualify for this waiver;
(f) career consular officers and their dependents who are citizens
of the foreign nation which their consular office represents and
who are stationed and living in Georgia under orders of their respective
governments. This waiver shall apply only to those consular officers
whose nations operate with educational reciprocity toward the United
(g) military personnel and their dependents stationed in Georgia
and on active duty unless such military personnel are assigned as
students to System institutions for educational purposes.
(h) students who are legal residents of out-of-state counties bordering
on Georgia counties in which an institution of the University System
is located and who are enrolled in said institution.
Right of Appeal of Residence Classification
A student is responsible for registering under the proper residency
classification. A student classified as a nonresident who believes
that he/she is entitled to be reclassified as a legal resident may
petition the Director of Admissions for a change in status. The
petition must be filed with the Director of Admissions prior to
the semester in which the student is to be considered for reclassification.
If the petition is granted, reclassifica- tion will not be retroactive
to prior terms.