As of February 2, 2011, The Georgia Board of Regents (BOR) mandated four new policies that directly impact all applicants desiring admission to a University System of Georgia (USG) institution. Effective immediately, these guidelines apply to all applicants seeking admittance for Fall 2011 and every subsequent semester thereafter.
According to USG policy, an applicant must directly state whether he or she, if admitted, means to attend the institution at the in-state tuition rate. Any person who intends to acquire in-state tuition status must first verify that he or she is an US citizen. Only in-state residents are able to receive in-state tuition. Please note: an in-state resident is defined as any person whose domicile has been established and maintained 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.
Valdosta State University, in compliance with the USG guidelines, must now verify every in-state applicant’s citizenship status. To do so, VSU will now require one of the following documents to be submitted along with the applicant’s other application materials:
- A current US passport
- A certified US birth certificate showing the applicant was born in the US or a US territory. A photocopy is not acceptable.
- A US certificate of naturalization
- A US certificate of citizenship
- A US certificate of birth abroad issued by the Department of State or a consular report of birth abroad
- 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
Should the applicant be unable to provide any of the above forms of documentation, his or her legal status can be verified through the application process while applying for financial aid (e.g. FAFSA, etc.). For applicants who hold an F, J, or M visa, verification can be confirmed through SEVIS.
Please note: any applicant who cannot be verified through any of the above methods is not eligible to be considered for in-state tuition regardless of how long he or she has lived in the state of Georgia.