Students meet citizenship requirements if they are born in the United States, are naturalized citizens of the United States, or are classified as eligible non-citizens according to the federal Title IV definition. To qualify for in-state tuition, students who meet the citizenship requirements must establish and maintain legal, permanent residency in Georgia for a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the academic term for which they seek in-state tuition.
Eligible Non Citizen: a person who, in accordance with the Federal Title IV definition, is a United States permanent resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551); or a conditional permanent resident (I-555C); or the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: Refugee, Asylum Granted, Parolee (I-94 confirms paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired): "Victim of human trafficking," T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.), or Cuban-Haitian Entrant. Persons with an F1 or F2 student visa, a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, a G or L series visa, or an Employment Authorization Document card (EAD) do not meet the definition of an Eligible Non-Citizen.
Ineligible Non-Citizen: an ineligible Non-Citizen cannot qualify for in-state tuition per Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Policy 6.2.2p. However, at the discretion of the President of the college, the international tuition rate may be waived in favor of an out of state tuition rate for an Ineligible Non-Citizen who has been verified as lawfully present in the United States in accordance with state and federal immigration laws. Requests for the tuition waiver must be presented in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the term for which the student is seeking waiver. To begin the process, please see the Director of Admissions on the main campus, or the campus administrator on any satellite campus.