The tuition paid by an in-state student covers only a portion of the total cost of his or her education when enrolling in a University System of Georgia (USG) college or university. The taxpayers of Georgia contribute a substantial portion of the remaining costs. As a result, the determination of a student’s tuition classification is a significant matter. Because the in-state tuition rate is a benefit of paying taxes in the State, the burden of proof falls on the student to document their residency for tuition payment purposes.
Determining Your Tuition Classification
The initial determination of your tuition classification is based on your responses on the admissions application. You may be classified as a non-resident if you are currently attending or have attended high school or a postsecondary school outside of the state of Georgia; or if you have a driver's license, vehicle registration, or voter registration in a state other than Georgia; or if you have recently filed state income taxes in a state other than Georgia; or if you are the dependent of a parent or legal guardian who pays taxes in a state other than Georgia. To be classified as a Georgia resident, you or your parent or legal guardian must have resided in the state of Georgia for at least 12 months prior to the start of classes.
Non-U.S. Citizens are initially classified as out-of-state residents. A Permanent Resident student whose Permanent Resident card is at least 12 months old may be classified as a Georgia resident if they can provide documentation showing that they have resided in the state of Georgia for at least 12 months prior to the start of classes. Students attending under F or J visas are not classified as Georgia residents but may be eligible for a waiver of out-of-state tuition.