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Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States

Effective January 1, 2012, all students applying for in-state tuition must provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. The following documents will serve as proof of lawful presence in the United States and documentation will be required before you are eligible for consideration of in-state tuition:

A current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008
A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
A current Driver’s License or ID issued by a state that verifies immigration status and only issues to persons lawfully present in the United States. See list of compliant states at http://law.ga.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1210/50/35/173461453Lists_of_states_that_verify_immig ration_status_7_26_11.pdf
A certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A
photocopy is not acceptable
An approved completed FAFSA for the current financial aid year.
A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form 1-151 or 1-551).
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 U.S. Passport.
A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).

Any student who cannot be verified as lawfully present in the United States is not eligible to be considered for in-state tuition, regardless of how long he or she has lived in Georgia. In addition to being lawfully present in the United States, students must meet the in-state tuition requirements as outlined in TCSG Board Policy and Procedure V.B.3 to warrant an in-state classification. Students that are initially classified as out-of-state, and successfully petition to have their residency changed to in-state also have to meet the verification requirement.

Admission Requirements

It is the mission of the college to assist students in achieving their personal and professional goals. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the requirements for admission.

Age

Applicants for admission must be at least sixteen (16) years of age. Applicants for Cosmetology and Allied Health programs must be seventeen (17) years of age or older.

Education

Educational requirements are determined by the Technical College System of Georgia and the College. Requirements vary according to the program of study. A high school diploma or the equivalent (GED) is desirable but is not an entrance requirement for all programs. All applicants must have graduated from high school or completed the GED requirements prior to graduation from any program. Applicants who have completed (C or better) a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the degree level may submit official college transcripts in lieu of high school diploma or GED. Home-schooled student documents will be accepted according to Technical College System of Georgia policy.

Admissions Testing

Applicants must take the required COMPASS or ASSET placement test or submit satisfactory SAT I or ACT test scores. Test scores will be considered valid for a period of five years.

Documentation of Residency and Citizenship

Applicants for admission must provide two forms of proof to support a claim for in-state residency, permanent resident citizenship status, and refugee status. If you are under 24 years of age and are a claimed dependent of a parent/guardian, we will need two forms of proof from your parent(s) or legal guardian as outlined in the Petition for Georgia Residency. This information must be received if you are seeking Georgia residency. A listing of specific acceptable documentation is available in the admissions office.

Application Deadline

Applicants for admission to degree, diploma, and technical certificate of credit programs are asked to have all documents (transcripts, test scores, etc.) on file in the Admissions Office according to the deadline dates, published in the school calendar. Applicants with an incomplete file or application received after the deadline may choose to be processed for special admission status.