Tuition Waivers

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
 

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 Academic Superior Out-of-State Student: A limited number of international student waivers and academic superior out of state waivers are available to students based on past academic performance and potential to succeed here at ASU.  Students must apply every academic year for the waiver.
  • 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.

 

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.

 

Amendment 23 (Senior Citizens Tuition Waiver)

Persons aged 62 or over are eligible to apply for the Amendment 23 waiver, which enables qualified students to enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses offered for resident credit on a space available basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory, or shop fees.

  • Students must be residents of Georgia, be 62 years of age or older at the time of registration, and present a birth certificate or other comparable written documentation of age to enable the institution to determine eligibility.
  • Students must meet all system and institution undergraduate or graduate school admission requirements and follow the same program as other degree-seeking students.
  • The application and certification must be completed each semester five days prior to the date of registration for the referenced semester.

USG Policy 4.2.1.9 Persons Ages 62 or Over

Economic Advantage Tuition Waiver

As of the first day of classes for the term, an Economic Advantage Waiver may be granted under the following conditions:

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Other Eligible Non-Citizens

A. Dependent Students
Dependent students providing clear and convincing evidence that the student’s parent or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian relocated to the state of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment. The relocation must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education and appropriate steps to establish domicile in the state must be taken. The employment upon which the relocation was based must be held at the time the waiver is awarded.

B. Independent Students
Independent students providing clear and convincing evidence that they, or their spouse, relocated to the state of Georgia to accept full-time, self-sustaining employment. The relocation to the state must be for reasons other than enrolling in an institution of higher education and appropriate steps to establish domicile in the state must be taken. The employment upon which the relocation was based must be held at the time the waiver is awarded.

C. U.S. refugees, asylees, and other eligible noncitizens as defined by the federal Title IV regulations may be extended the same consideration for the economic advantage waiver as citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States.

Please review the entire policy for more information. It is located in the University System of Georgia’s Economic Advantage out-of-state tuition waiver policy found in Section 7.3.4.1 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual

If there are any questions, please contact the Tuition Classification Office at tco@asurams.edu.