Lanier Technical College
2017 - 2018
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Residency Policy

Residency Policy
The State Board of Technical and Adult Education recognizes three student residency categories: in-state, out-of-state and international.

A student's legal residence shall determine the tuition rate paid by the student.

  1. Students who are residents of the United States and otherwise qualify as Georgia residents shall pay tuition and fees prescribed by the State Board for in-state students.
  2. Students who are residents of the United States but do not otherwise qualify as Georgia residents shall pay tuition and fees at a rate two times that charged in-state students. These students are recognized as out-of-state students.
  3. Students who are residents of a country other than the United States and are studying at a technical college shall pay tuition and fees at a rate four times that charged in-state students. These students are recognized as international students.

Please note: Residency classification also directly affects a student’s eligibility for state-based aid (i.e. HOPE Grant & Scholarship). Students in any classification other than an In-State are not eligible for state-based aid. Individuals who wish to qualify for another type of residency must complete a Petition for Change of Residency Classification found on the college web site and submit all required documentation. The form should be submitted to the Director of Admissions prior to the document deadline for a given term. Residency status is not changed automatically and the burden of proof rests with the student to demonstrate that he or she qualifies for a change of status. Changes to residency classification are for future terms only and will not result in refunds to students.


A. Each college shall be responsible for the verification of the lawful presence in the United States of every successfully admitted student applying for Georgia resident tuition status as required by state and federal immigration laws, unless the student is participating in a dual enrollment program with a secondary institution. Verification procedures shall comply with O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1.

Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States
Effective January 1, 2012, all students applying for in-state tuition must provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. The following documents will serve as proof of lawful presence in the United States and documentation will be required before you are eligible for consideration of in-state tuition:
  1. A current Driver’s License issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  2. A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  3. A current Driver’s License or ID issued by a state that verifies immigration status and only issues to persons lawfully present in the United States. See list of compliant states at http://law.ga.gov/sites/law.ga.gov/files/related_files/site_page/List%20of%20States.pdf.
  4. A certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy is not acceptable.
  5. An approved completed FAFSA for the current financial aid year.
  6. A current valid Permanent Resident Card(USCIS form I-151 or I-551).
  7. A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad(FS-240).
  8. A current U.S. Passport.
  9. A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  10. A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
Any student who cannot be verified as lawfully present in the United States is not eligible to be considered for in-state tuition, regardless of how long he or she has lived in Georgia. In addition to being lawfully present in the United States, students must meet the in-state tuition requirements as out lined in the TCSG Board Policy and Procedure V.B.3 to warrant an in-state classification. Students that are initially classified as out of state, and successfully petition to have their residency changed to in-state also have to meet the verification requirement.

B. Determining a student’s residency status must be based on the existence of surrounding objective circumstances that indicate a student’s intent to maintain a permanent presence, or Domicile, in the State of Georgia. No single factor is conclusive. Similarly, there is no predetermined number of factors required to be met. The following indicators may be considered when documenting the Domicile of an individual, but this is not an exhaustive list:
  • Location of employment.
  • Location of voter registration.
  • Location of property, including home purchase, and taxes paid thereon
  • Address and other information on federal and state income tax returns.
  • State where the person’s automobile title is registered and the payment of property taxes thereon.
  • Address on driver’s license and state of issuance.
  • Address on the Georgia Driver’s License Bureau ID.
  • Reason for initially coming to Georgia.
  • State of issuance of business, professional, or other licenses.
  • Location of checking, savings, or other banking accounts.
  • Citizenship Requirements:
    • A student meets the Citizenship Requirements, for purposes of this procedure and the related policies, if he or she is a United States Citizen, born or naturalized.
    • A student meets the Citizenship requirements, for purposes of this procedure and the related policies, if he or she is an Eligible Non-Citizen, according to the Federal Title IV definition.
    • Ineligible Non-Citizens: A Non-Citizen cannot qualify for in-state tuition. However, in the discretion of the President of the college the international tuition may be waived in favor of an out of state tuition rate for a Non-Citizen who has been verified as lawfully present in the United States in accordance with state and federal immigration laws.
C. Georgia Residency
  1. 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 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.
  2. 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.
D. 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.
E. Eligibility for In-State Tuition Waivers:
  • 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.
    • 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 waiver shall apply only to those consular officers whose nations operate on the principle of educational reciprocity with the United States.
Notwithstanding any provision in this procedure, no person who is unlawfully present in the United States shall be eligible for any waiver of the tuition differential.