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Verification of Lawful Presence and Eligibility for In-state Tuition

In accordance with Board of Regents Policies 4.1.6 and 4.3.4, all applicants who are accepted for admission or readmission to ABAC and who seek to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes, will be required to provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the State of Georgia and the United States.

Means of providing verification of lawful presence are the following:

  1. A current ID or driver’s license issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008

  2. A certified U.S. birth certificate showing that the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. Please note that provides instructions for ordering a certified U.S. birth certificate.

  3. A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)

  4. A current U.S. Passport

  5. A current valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)

Students who receive Federal financial aid will have satisfied the requirement.

ABAC is required to verify the lawful presence of incoming students who have not provided one of the above documents and who seek to be classified for in-state tuition, using one of the following methods:

  1. Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program if student does not have a current F visa.

  2. SEVIS for non-citizens possessing an F visa.

Applicants who are not United States citizens and not permanent residents and seek to be classified for in-state tuition must provide a current copy of their visa and I-94. If they have a current Employment Authorization Card, it should be included with the visa and I-94.