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TUITION CLASSIFICATION FAQ'S

(For Applicants to the Colleges of Allied Health Sciences, Graduate Studies, and Nursing)

eTuition is absent of a classification for in-state or out-of-state tuition, all students enrolled in programs that are delivered 95% or more online are billed at the same rate, regardless of classification.

I've always lived in Georgia. Why do I have to do this?

Any applicant wishing to be classified as an in-state for tuition purposes must submit documentation that proves his/her residency.


What does my age have to do with anything?

An individual under the age of 24 who receives financial support from a parent or United States court appointed legal guardian is considered a dependent and must provide parent or legal guardian information.


Who is eligible for in-state tuition?

An independent student who has established and maintained a domicile in the State of Georgia for a period of at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term shall be classified as in-state for tuition purposes. You must submit supporting documentation to show 12 consecutive months of GA residency at the time of application for the Office of Academic Admissions to classify you as in-state for the application cycle.

An independent student who moved to Georgia and:

  • Moved to the state for reasons other than attending a post-secondary educational institution;
  • Abandoned all ties to their previous state or country of residence;
  • Receives no financial assistance from outside of Georgia;
  • Is not claimed as a dependent on the taxes of someone who resides outside of Georgia;
  • Is contributing to the state by paying income taxes; and
  • Is a U.S. citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, refugee, asylee, or other eligible noncitizen as defined by federal Title IV regulations.

A dependent student shall be classified as in-state for tuition purposes if such dependent student’s parent has established and maintained domicile in the State of Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term and:

  1. The student has graduated from a Georgia high school; or,
  2. The parent claimed the student as a dependent on the parent’s most recent federal or state income tax return.

A dependent student whose parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian moved to Georgia and:

  • Moved to the state for reasons other than attending a post-secondary educational institution;
  • Abandoned all ties to their previous state or country of residence;
  • Receives no financial assistance from outside of Georgia;
  • Is contributing to the state by paying taxes; and is a U.S. citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident, refugee, asylee, or other eligible noncitizen as defined by federal Title IV regulations.

In addition to the above, a dependent student of a Georgia-domiciled parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian must either:

  1. Be a graduate of a Georgia high school; or
  2. Be claimed as a dependent on their Georgia-domiciled parent's state or federal income taxes.

What documentation can I submit to help determine my residency status?

Examples of supporting documentation which may be submitted as evidence of domicile*:
~all documentation listed below must show 12 months consecutive residency in GA and match the address provided on your most recent application.

  1. A signed statement of your reason for coming to Georgia.
  2. A certified or notarized copy of your most recently filed state and/or federal income tax return. If you are under 24 years of age, a certified or notarized copy of your parent's or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian's most recent state and/or federal income tax return. If you are married, a certified or notarized copy of your spouse's most recent state and/or federal income tax return.
  3. A signed statement of your intent to file taxes for the current year. If you are under 24, a statement of the intent to file taxes for the current year signed by your parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian. If you are married, a statement of the intent to file taxes for the current year signed by your spouse.
  4. A copy of your most recent W-2. If you are under 24, a copy of your parent's or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian's most recent W-2. If you are married, a copy of your spouse's most recent W-2.
  5. A copy of your paystubs or Leave Earnings Statements (LES) for the previous year. If you are under 24, a copy of your parent's or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian's paystubs or Leave Earnings Statements (LES) for the previous year. If you are married, a copy of your spouse's paystubs or Leave Earnings Statements for the previous year.
  6. A letter/statement from your employer(s) verifying any employment during the last 12 months. The letter/statement should indicate dates of employment and whether that employment was full or part-time. The letter/statement should be on company letterhead.
  7. A copy of the lease or deed for your residence(s) during the past 12 months. If the lease or deed is not in your name, a notarized statement from the lessee or deed holder stating that you reside with them and for how long.
  8. Receipts from the payment of property taxes for you, your parent, U.S. court-appointed legal guardian or spouse.
  9. Homestead exemption documents.
  10. A copy of your birth certificate or guardianship paperwork from the court.
  11. A valid vehicle registration for the State of Georgia.
  12. A valid Georgia Driver's License.
  13. Verification of voter registration.
  14. A copy of any business or professional license(s) you may have obtained in Georgia.
  15. Copies of bills, such as utility bills.
  16. Copies of bank statements.
  17. Documentation of family, social, civic, or governmental ties in Georgia which evidence intent to remain permanently.
  18. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a copy of your permanent resident alien card or documentation of your current visa status. If you are under 24 and your parent or court-appointed legal guardian is not a U.S. citizen, a copy of their permanent resident alien card or documentation of their current visa status.
  19. Any other documentation that you may feel is relevant to your status.
  20. *The submission of any of the above documentation does not guarantee reclassification as an in-state student. The tuition classification officer will consider the totality of circumstances when making a tuition classification determination.


    How should I submit this documentation?

    • Any documents that can be copies can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the OAA.
    • Any documents required to be official or notarized need to be mailed to the OAA.

    Via mail:
    Office of Academic Admissions
    1120 Fifteenth Street, AA-170
    Augusta, GA 30912-7310

    Via email:
    Admissions@gru.edu

    Via fax:
    706-721-7279

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