Academic Services & Registrar

Tuition Waivers

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.

All petitions will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Tuition Classification Committee and exceptional circumstances of a student will be considered.

Out-of-State Tuition Differential Waivers

Albany State University may waive out-of-state tuition for:

  • Border County Residents: Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, Albany State University now offers in-state tuition to all residents of South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee who meet the requirements for admission. There is a separate application for this waiver.
  • International and Superior Out-of-State Students: A limited number of international student waivers and out of state waivers are available to students based on past academic performance and potential to succeed here at ASU.
  • University System Employees and Dependents: Full-time employees of the University System, their spouses, and their dependent children.
  • 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.