Verification of Lawful Presence

The Georgia Board of Regents requires that institutions confirm lawful presence for any student claiming eligibility for in-state tuition. Per BOR policy, a student’s eligibility for in-state tuition must be verified before that student is designated as eligible.

Failure to confirm legal presence by the first day of classes will result in an out-of-state residency classification and out-of-state fees will be assessed.

Students may be verified through one of the following options below:

U.S. Citizens
  1. Verification through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • If you are either a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or eligible non-citizen (does not apply to international students on a visa) that has completed and submitted a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will verify your lawful presence.
  2. Submission of one of the following documents:
  • Current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008. (Temporary/interim paper licenses and licenses marked “limited term” are not acceptable).
  • Current ID Card issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008. (Temporary/interim paper licenses and licenses marked “limited term” are not acceptable).
  • Current Driver’s License or state issued ID card issued by a USG approved state that issues REAL ID compliant licenses. Only unexpired licenses with the REAL ID symbol may be accepted. Please see approved chart.
  • Original or certified birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority, or territory of the United States bearing an official seal. (Copy can be submitted by mail or electronically. The copy must very clearly show the raised or written seal to be acceptable. Copies that are not clear or do not show the seal cannot be accepted.)
  • Current U.S. Passport.
  • Permanent Resident Card (front and back copy). Card must not expire before the first day of class of the term of entry.
  • Military ID (only for a current military member of Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve; must be verified in person)
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a U.S. Permanent Resident, upload a front and back copy of your current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I551).

If you are an F-1 international student, we will verify your lawful presence through SEVIS. As this is already part of the immigration process there are no additional steps required to have your Citizenship Verification Hold removed. Simply comply with the requirements outlined by the Office of Admissions as you prepare to arrive at East Georgia State College.

Deferred Action Status (DACA)

Students in Deferred Action (DACA) status do not qualify for in state tuition based on Board of Regents Policy and will be required to submit an Opt out form.