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Registrar: In-State Residency Information

Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

The purpose of this page is to provide students information about petitioning for Georgia residency for tuition classification purposes. For more detailed information about the requirements set forth by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, please review the USG Policies regarding student residency.

Basic Qualifications

To establish your Georgia residence for in-state tuition classification purposes, you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or an eligible non-citizen who has been physically present in the state for at least one year, and you must be able to provide convincing evidence that your intent for the entire year has been to establish permanent residence in the state. A student whose only reason for moving to Georgia was to attend an institution of higher education does not qualify for Georgia residency classification. The criteria considered when determining a student’s eligibility for in-state tuition depend on a student’s status as an Independent or Dependent Student. Students under the age of 24 claiming to be independent will be required to provide proof of being financially self-sufficient and proof that they have not been claimed as a dependent on the federal or state income tax returns filed by his/her parent(s) or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian for the most recent tax year.

Instructions and Procedures for Applying for Residency

A new student’s residency status is based on information provided on the admission’s application.

If you are classified as a Georgia resident based on the information you provided on the admission’s application, you will be required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. For more information about this requirement, please review the admission’s department’s Lawful Presence Information.

If you are classified as a non-resident of Georgia and you feel this status is incorrect, you may be required to provide documentation to support a change in residency status. Depending on the reason for the initial non-resident classification, documentation may include federal and Georgia state tax forms, Georgia driver’s license, or a full Petition for Georgia Resident Classification. If a full Petition for Georgia Residency is required, all documentation listed on the last page of the petition will be required.

If you are a continuing student and you feel that you have met the requirements for Georgia residency, the following steps are required to apply for a change in residency status:

  1. Complete the Petition for Georgia Resident Classification. All sections of the form must be completed.
  2. Collect all documentation required. A list of required documents is available on the last page of the petition. If you cannot provide one of the required documents listed, please explain the reason for not providing the document in your statement of intent and provide supplemental documentation to support your residency.
  3. Provide Proof of Lawful Presence. Any student requesting in-state tuition is required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. Please review the Lawful Presence Information for more details.
  4. Turn in completed petition, supporting residency documentation, and proof of lawful presence to the Registrar’s office. The Registrar’s office is located in Victor Hall Room 106. You may also send documents via email to registrar@armstrong.edu, fax to 912.344.3410 or mail to Office of the Registrar, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419.

Out-of-State Tuition Waivers

Some students who do not meet the requirements for Georgia Residency may be eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver. Please review the list of available out-of-state waivers before applying.  Any student requesting in-state tuition is required to provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. Please review the Lawful Presence Information for more details. If you feel you are eligible for an out-of-state waiver, complete the appropriate waiver form and submit all required documents including proof of lawful presence to the Registrar’s office. The Registrar’s office is located in Victor Hall Room 106. You may also send documents via email to registrar@armstrong.edu, fax to 912.344.3410 or mail to Office of the Registrar, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419.

Military Personnel/Dependents

Active duty military personnel, their spouses, and their dependent children who meet one of the following:

The military sponsor is currently stationed in or assigned to Georgia; or,
The military sponsor previously stationed in or assigned to Georgia is reassigned outside of Georgia, and the student(s) remain(s) continuously enrolled in a Georgia high school, Technical College System of Georgia institution, and/or a University System of Georgia institution; or,
The military sponsor is reassigned outside of Georgia and the spouse and dependent children remain in Georgia; or,
The military sponsor is stationed in a state contiguous to the Georgia border and reside in Georgia; or
Dependent children of a military sponsor, previously stationed in or assigned to Georgia within the previous five years, and/or the child completed at least one year of high school in Georgia; or,
Any student utilizing VA educational benefits transferred from a currently serving military member is also eligible.

Recently Separated Military

Separated military members from a uniformed military service of the United States who meet one of the following:

Individuals who within thirty-six (36) months of separation from such service, enroll in an academic program and demonstrate intent to become domiciled in Georgia. This waiver may also be granted to their spouses and dependent children.
Any separated service member or any student utilizing transferred VA educational benefits, and physically residing in the state, who enrolls within one hundred-twenty (120) months of separation is also eligible.

Border County Resident                             

Students who can provide clear and convincing evidence that they have established and maintained domicile in Beaufort or Jasper county, South Carolina for at least 12 months prior to the start of the term. 

Border State Resident

Undergraduate students who can provide clear and convincing evidence that they have established and maintained domicile in the state of Alabama, Florida or South Carolina for at least 12 months prior to the start of the term. 

Economic Advantage

Students who can provide clear evidence that they have relocated to the state of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment and have established domicile in the state of Georgia are eligible for this wavier. This waiver may also be granted to spouses and/or dependent children. 

Full-time Employees

Full-time USG employees, their spouses, and their dependent children.

Full-time employees in the public schools of Georgia or the Technical College System of Georgia, their spouses, and their dependent children.

Teachers employed full-time on military bases in Georgia also shall qualify for this waiver.

Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reservist

Active members of the Georgia National Guard stationed or assigned to Georgia or active members of a unit of the U.S. Military Reserves based in Georgia, and their spouses and their dependent children.

Non-Resident 

Students under 24.

If the parent, or United States court-appointed, legal guardian has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months and the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing the relationship to the parent or United States court-appointed, legal guardian has existed for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term. Under Georgia code, legal guardianship must be established prior to the student’s 18th birthday; or
If the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing a familial relationship to the spouse and the spouse has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term.

Students 24 and Older.

If the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing a familial relationship to the spouse and the spouse has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term. This waiver can remain in effect as long as the student remains continuously enrolled.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Students enrolled in a USG institution based on a referral by the Vocational Rehabilitation Program of the Georgia Department of Labor 

Deadline for submitting a petition for Georgia resident classification or an out-of-state tuition waiver is by the end of the 5th week of the semester for fall and spring and by the end of the 1st week of the summer term.

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