Tuition Waivers

Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

Albany State University follows the University System of Georgia’s policy when classifying students for tuition charges based on the information provided on the Application for Admission. A student may petition to change their tuition classification but should consider the following before starting the process:

  • The student must have proof that they have established a primary domicile or a permanent Georgia home at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the beginning of classes for the term. The residency status of a dependent student is tied to the status of the parent(s), or in the case of divorce, the tax-dependent or majority support parent, so the parents must show proof of domicile.
  • Because the college is supported by the State of Georgia, students or parents of dependent students should provide documentation showing payment of Georgia state income tax to provide evidence for supporting the higher educational system of Georgia. Owning property only provides one piece of evidence and cannot be used as the sole factor in determining a student’s classification for tuition.
  • Students should also be able to include copies of any other documents with their petition that show their intent to be a Georgia resident, such as a Georgia driver’s license, car or voter registration, home ownership, full-time employment records, etc.
  • The student must provide evidence that they moved to Georgia for a reason other than attending college or a vocational training program.

All petitions will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Tuition Classification Committee and exceptional circumstances of a student will be considered.

Out-of-State Tuition Differential Waivers

Albany State University may waive out-of-state tuition for:

  • Border County Residents: Albany State University welcomes and supports out-of-state students.  We offer a tuition differential waiver to students who live in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Residents of those states are encouraged to complete the Border State Waiver application. 
  • International and Superior Out-of-State Students: A limited number of international student waivers and out of state waivers are available to students based on past academic performance and potential to succeed here at ASU.
  • Nonresident Student: As of the first day of classes for the term, a nonresident student can be considered for this waiver under the following conditions:
    • If the parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian of a dependent has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months and the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing the relationship to the parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has existed for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term (legal guardianship must be established prior to the student’s 18th birthday)
    • If the student can provide clear and legal evidence showing relations to the spouse and the spouse has maintained domicile in Georgia for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term.
  • University System Employees and Dependents: Full-time employees of the University System, their spouses, and their dependent children.

Border State Waivers

Albany State University welcomes and supports out-of-state students.  We offer a tuition differential waiver to students who live in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Residents of those states are encouraged to complete the Border State Waiver application. 
 
LAWFUL PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES
Only those students verified to be lawfully present in the United States may be considered for an out-of-state tuition waiver. Waiver applicants may be required to provide additional documentation to meet this requirement. One of the following must be submitted:
  • A certified US Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory. (A photocopy or faxed copy is not 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 U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
  • A current military ID (service member only, not dependent)
  • A current, valid permanent resident card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551). Must have copy of the front and back of the card.
  • A current U.S. Passport
DOCUMENTATION OF WAIVER ELIGIBILITY
Additional documentation is also required to confirm domicile in the border state such as the following:
  • Copy of lease agreement or warranty deed (dated 12+ months)
  • Copy of driver’s license or state-issued ID
  • Copy of vehicle registration
  • Copy of state tax return filed for the most recent tax year
  • Copy of federal tax return filed for the most recent tax year
  • Copy of utility bills
 If there are any questions, please contact the Tuition Classification Office at tco@asurams.edu.