Georgia Residency

Under guidelines established by the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), Kennesaw State University is required to determine the tuition classification for tuition payment purposes of all applicants or students of the University.

A student's resident status is not changed automatically, and the burden of proof that the student qualifies as a legal resident under the regulations of the BOR rests with the student. A student is responsible for registering under the proper tuition classification.

A student classified as out-of-state who believes that he or she is entitled to be reclassified as a legal resident may petition with the Tuition Classification Officer for a change in status. The petition must be filed no later than 60 days after the first day of class in order for the student to be considered for reclassification for that semester. If the petition is granted, reclassification will NOT be retroactive to prior semesters. If there is any question in the mind of the student concerning his/her resident status, inquiry for clarification should be made no later than two weeks prior to the registration date in order to avoid delay and inconvenience during registration.

A person's legal residence is the place where he or she is generally understood to reside with the intent to remain indefinitely and return when absent. There must be a concurrence of actual residence and the intent to remain indefinitely to acquire a legal residence. On-campus housing does not meet this criterion.

Per BOR regulations, legal residence must be established in Georgia with an intent to establish permanent domicile. Therefore, a student moving to Georgia for the sole purpose of attending college is NOT an acceptable reason for moving to get in-state tuition.

Since KSU is a public university a large percentage of the cost of attendance for an in-state student to attend comes from Georgia tax payers. Therefore, it is the responsibility of KSU to ensure the student or their parent/guardian is properly filing a Georgia tax return as a Georgia Resident. Failure to file appropriately file taxes as a Resident of Georgia can result in a student not being eligible to be considered a resident for tuition purposes. For example, a dependent student's parents who has lived in Georgia for 12 consecutive months but they work remotely for a job in California and therefore does not file a Georgia tax return as a Resident of Georgia would make the student a Non-Resident.

  • If you moved to Georgia with your parents a year and half before the start date of the term then you need to petition to change your tuition classification to Resident. You can access the form below or on the Forms page.

    The following documents are all required evidence to establish legal residence:

    • Petition to Change Tuition Classification Form
    • Georgia Driver’s License
    • Georgia Vehicle Registration Form (may be in your parent’s name)
    • Your parent’s Georgia State Income Tax Return aka the Georgia Form 500
    • Letter from Employer, on letterhead, verifying current employment and employment for past 12 months (This is only needed if the student is employed)
    • Housing Information (Warranty Deed or OFF CAMPUS Apartment or Home Rental Agreement) showing 12 months of occupation
    • Georgia Voter Registration Card or Green Card if applicable
  • Students under the age of 24 are considered dependent students of their parents/US court-appointed legal guardian. If the student’s parents do not live in Georgia that makes the student a Resident of the state the parent lives in. If the student is being claimed as a dependent on their parents tax return and/or receiving financial support (including financial aid based on the parents income) then they are a Resident of the state their parent files taxes and lives in.

    If you are under 24 and your parents/US court-appointed legal guardians do not support you financially and do not claim you as a dependent on their taxes you have to prove this and the fact that you are financial self-sustaining to be reclassified as a Resident. To demonstrate you are an independent student you must file a Petition to Change Tuition Classification and have all of the following:

    • Petition to Change Tuition Classification Form
    • A Georgia tax return 500 income tax return showing a minimum of $12,080 income (Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines, 2017).
    • Provide a copy of the parent's Federal tax return showing that the student was not claimed as a dependent. Or a Non-Filer statement from the IRS if the parents did not file taxes.
    • The student must provide a notarized statement from their parents testifying then do not claim them as a dependent and do not support them with more than 40% of their financial support including financial aid.
    • Lived off campus for the past 12 consecutive months
    • Moved here to establish permanent domicile (meaning not just to go to school)
    • Georgia Driver’s License
    • Georgia Vehicle Registration Form
    • Georgia Voter Registration Card (if registered to vote)

    *Note if you are under 24 years old and married, you most likely do not need to submit parent’s tax information. 

  • If you moved to Georgia within a year and half before the start date of the term then you need to petition to change your tuition classification to Resident. You can access the form below or on the Forms page.

    The following documents are all required evidence to establish legal residence:

    • Petition to Change Tuition Classification Form
    • Georgia Driver’s License
    • Georgia Vehicle Registration Form (may be in your parents name)
    • Your parent’s Georgia State Income Tax Return aka the Georgia Form 500
    • Letter from Employer, on letterhead, verifying current employment and employment for past 12 months (This is only needed if the student is employed)
    • Housing Information (Warranty Deed or OFF CAMPUS Apartment or Home Rental Agreement) showing 12 months of occupation
    • Georgia Voter Registration Card or Green Card if applicable 

    For more information regarding the documents needed to accompany the petition form please visit the FAQ page or email tuitionclassification@kennesaw.edu

Additional Information

For additional information regarding definitions of tuition classification related terms (dependent student, independent student, residency, etc.):

©