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 from:
    • Alabama: Issued after August 1, 2000
    • Florida: Issued after January 1, 2010
    • South Carolina: Issued after November 1, 2008
    • Tennessee: Issued after May 29, 2004
  • 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 current, valid military identification card for active duty soldiers or veterans.
  • 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.

What Do I Need to Do?

Provide one of the “proof of lawful presence” documents listed above to the Admissions Office by:

  • Upload your document(s) online via Verify MyFAFSA
  • Mailing a copy with your application (birth certificate excluded)
  • Presenting the document in person to the Admissions Office
  • Faxing a legible copy to the Admissions Office (birth certificate excluded)
  • Scanning a legible copy and send as an attachment to  (birth certificate excluded)
  • Note: A photocopy of a U.S. Birth Certificate will not be acceptable.

How do I submit Financial Aid verification documents online?

To better serve our students in uploading financial aid documents securely, OFTC has implemented the VERIFY MY FAFSA portal. VERIFY MY FAFSA will allow students to securely upload their financial aid verification documents from virtually any device. Students may scan, save and upload documents from a computer or take a picture with a cell phone and upload documents from the phone. The documents must be clear and readable and must contain all pertinent information.

Screenshot of Verify My FAFSA registration screenThe first time you log into VERIFY MY FAFSA portal, you will be taken to the following screen. Complete any missing information and click the “Register Account” button. You will only register your account once. After that, you will be automatically signed in on any future visits to the page. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for questions or concerns.

Tip: Verify that your name, birthdate, and social security number match what you put on your FAFSA application