Student Handbook 2016-2017

Residency Categories for Purposes of Tuition Rate Determination

Georgia Resident: an individual or the status of such individual who is a United States Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen and is domiciled in the State of Georgia and meets the in-state tuition requirements of the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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-551C); 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); or Cuban-Haitian Entrant. Persons with an F1 or F2 student visa, a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, or a G series visa do not meet the definition of an Eligible Non-Citizen.

Non-Citizen Student: a person who is not a United States born or naturalized citizen of the United States.

Out of State Student: a person who has not established domicile in the State of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the person is intending to enroll.

Determining Residency Status of Dependent Students

  • A Dependent Student meets the Georgia residency requirements, for purposes of this procedure and the related policies, if his or her parent has established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the school term for which the student is seeking in-state tuition, and;
  • Such student graduated from an eligible high school as defined by TCSG policy located in the State of Georgia; or
  • The parent claimed the student as a dependent on the parent’s most recent federal income tax return.
  • A Dependent Student meets the Georgia residency requirements, for purposes of this procedure and related policies, if a United States court- appointed legal guardian has established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the school term for which the student is seeking in-state tuition, provided that the appointment was not made to avoid payment of Out-of-State Tuition.

Determining Residency Status of Independent Students

  • An Independent Student meets the Georgia residency requirements, for purposes of this procedure and the related policies, if he or she has established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the school term for which the student is seeking In-State Tuition.
  • It is presumed that no Independent Student shall have gained or acquired Georgia residency, for purposes of this procedure and the related policies, while attending a TCSG college without clear evidence of having established a domicile in the State of Georgia for purposes other than attending a TCSG college.

Retaining Georgia Residency

Dependent Students: If the parent or United States court-appointed legal guardian of a Dependent Student who was correctly determined to meet Georgia residency requirements for the purposes of this procedure and the related policies, establishes domicile outside the State of Georgia, such student shall continue to retain his or her status as a Georgia Resident, for purposes of this procedure and the related policies, as long as such student remains continuously enrolled in a TCSG college.

Independent Students: If an Independent Student who was correctly determined to meet Georgia residency requirements, for purposes of this procedure and the related policies, temporarily relocates outside the State of Georgia, but returns to the State of Georgia within 12 months, such student shall retain his or her status as a Georgia resident, for purposes of In-State Tuition.

Eligibility for Out of State Tuition Exemptions:

Students in the following classifications are eligible for Out of State Tuition Exemptions. These exemptions do not affect the student’s eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship or Grant, except for exemptions for military personnel and their dependents as provided for in the GSFC regulations:

  • Employees and their children who move to Georgia for employment with a new or expanding industry as defined in OCGA 20-4-40;
  • Full-time employees of the Technical College System of Georgia, their spouses, and dependent children;
  • Full-time teachers in a public school, a military base, or a public postsecondary college, their spouses, and dependent children;
  • United States military personnel stationed in Georgia and on active duty and their dependents living in Georgia;
  • United States military personnel, spouses and dependent children reassigned outside Georgia, who remain continuously enrolled and on active military status;
  • United States military personnel and their dependents that are domiciled in Georgia, but are stationed outside the State;
  • Students who are domiciled in out-of-state counties bordering on Georgia counties and who are enrolled in a Technical College with a local reciprocity agreement;
  • Career consular officers and their dependents that are citizens of the foreign nation which their consular office represents, and who are living in Georgia under orders of their respective governments. This exemption shall apply only to those consular officers whose nations operate on the principle of educational reciprocity with the United States. Students in the following classifications are eligible for
  • In-State Tuition waivers. These waivers do not affect the student’s eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship or Grant, except for waivers for military personnel and their dependents as provided for in the GSFC regulations.
  • Alabama and Tennessee residents pay the same tuition as Georgia residents. All other out-of-state residents pay the out-of-state tuition
  • Members of a uniformed military service of the United States who, within thirty-six(36) months of separation from such service, enroll in an academic program and demonstrate an intent to become domiciled in Georgia. This exemption may also be granted to their spouses and dependent children or individuals eligible for GI Bill benefits.