Verification of Lawful Presence In the United States

Non-Citizen Eligibility for In-State Tuition

Any non-citizen student requesting to pay at the in-state tuition rate will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States in order to be classified as an in-state student or awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver.

TCSG Procedure 6.2.2p: “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.”

How can a student verify lawful presence?

  • Students who file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and are eligible for federal student aid will have their lawful presence verified as part of the FAFSA process.
  • A clear copy of an original or certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory, A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). The copy must very clearly show the raised or written seal to be acceptable.
  • A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • Unexpired Georgia and select out of state Drivers licenses and state ID cards can be accepted under certain conditions. It must be a Real ID and not contain any of the verbiage in the chart below. If the copy received has the top portion of the card cut off the document will not satisfy lawful presence.
  • A current military ID (service member only, not dependent). Documented using the Confirmation of Review of Military ID Worksheet – A photocopy is not acceptable.
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551). We require both the front & back sides of your Permanent Resident Card to be submitted. It must not expire before the first day of class of the term the student will start classes.
StateDL/ID Requirements for Acceptance
AlabamaMust NOT be marked “FN”
AlaskaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
CaliforniaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term.” Instruction Permits, Commercial Learner’s Permits, and temporary licenses cannot be accepted.
DelawareMust NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
FloridaMust NOT be marked “Temporary”
GeorgiaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
IdahoMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
IowaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
KentuckyMust NOT be marked “Not for REAL ID purposes”
LouisianaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
MarylandMust NOT indicate “T” restriction
MissouriMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
MontanaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
NevadaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
North CarolinaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
OhioMust NOT indicate that it is “nonrenewable and nontransferable”
OklahomaMust NOT be marked “Temporary”
South CarolinaMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
TennesseeMust NOT be marked “Temporary”
TexasMust NOT be marked “Limited Term” or “Temporary”
VermontMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”
WisconsinMust NOT be marked “Limited Term”