In-State Residency Eligibility
Definition of Legal Residence
Tuition varies according to the legal residence of independent students or the legal residence of dependent students’ parent(s) or court appointed legal guardian(s). A person’s legal residency is determined by their domicile or permanent home.
CGTC recognizes three student residency categories:
In-State – approved resident of Georgia and eligible for in state tuition charge.
Out-of-State – residency of another state and charged the out of state tuition rate.
Foreign (International) – not an US citizen or eligible non-citizen. Applicants from a foreign country and need issuance of a Student VISA. Foreign students are not eligible for In-State or Out-of-State classifications.
An independent student meets the In-State Residency requirements if he/she has established and maintained domicile in the state of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for a given term.
A dependent student meets these requirements if his parent or U.S. Court appointed guardian has established and maintained domicile in the state of Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for a given term and the student graduated from an eligible high school in Georgia or the parent or U.S. Court appointed guardian claimed the student as a dependent on their most recent federal tax return.
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 and submit all required documentation. The form should be submitted to the Office 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.
updated December 29, 2011