Petition for Georgia Residence

A student petitioning for Georgia residency must complete and submit the Petition for Georgia Residence form in person to the Registrar's Office (Room A-172, DeKalb Campus and A-208, Covington-Newton Campus) and include copies of all the required documents.

Petition for Georgia Residence*

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why must I petition for in-state residence classification, isn’t it automatic?
    No, the burden rests with the student to submit a Petition and documents necessary to support his/her contention that he/she qualifies for in-state residency.
  2. When should I file my petition?
    You should file your petition on the date you meet the definition of a legal resident of Georgia.  Petitions for change in residency must be made prior to the beginning of the semester to be effective that semester.  Petitions will not be accepted for past semesters.  If all your documents are in order, you should know the outcome of your petition within 7 to 10 business days; therefore you should follow the deadlines listed below:

    If you are registering for:  File prior to:
    Spring Semester 2014 Monday, November 11, 2013
    Summer Semester 2014 Monday, April 7, 2014
    Fall Semester 2014 Monday, July 28, 2014
    Spring Semester 2015 Monday, November 10, 2014
  3. I’ve attended Georgia Piedmont Tech for the last year, isn’t that proof enough that I’m a resident of Georgia?
    No, a legal residence must be established in Georgia for a purpose independent of attendance at an institution of higher education.
  4. What is considered legal residence?
    A person’s legal residence is his/her permanent dwelling place or Domicile*.  It is the place where he/she is generally understood to reside with intent of remaining there indefinitely.
  5. How do I establish legal residence?
    1. The overwhelming portion of financial support for the operation of the public institutions of higher education in Georgia comes from the citizens through payment of state income taxes.  The fees paid by in-state students covers only about one-fourth of the total cost of their education.  Georgia citizens are contributing about three-fourths of the necessary funds to provide education for the citizens of the State.
    2. For the above reasons, there are three different fee classifications: (1) In-State, (2) Out-Of-State, and (3) Noncitizen.  Determining a student’s residency status must be based on the existence of surrounding objective circumstances that indicate a student’s intent to maintain a permanent presence, or Domicile, in the State of Georgia.  No single factor is conclusive.  Similarly, there is no predetermined number of factors required to be met.  In general, to qualify for the In-State rate, a person must:
      1. Have resided in the State of Georgia for twelve (12) consecutive months, and
      2. Have been employed in the State of Georgia, paying state income taxes for twelve (12) consecutive months; or receiving support (claimed as a dependent) from someone who has established and maintained Domicile in the State of Georgia for at least twelve (12) consecutive months, location of property, including home purchase, and taxes paid thereon, address and other information on federal and state income tax returns, state of motor vehicle registration and payment of property taxes thereon, address on state driver’s license, address on Georgia Driver’s License Bureau ID, location of checking, savings, or other banking accounts, state of issuance of business, professional, or other licenses, location of voter registration during the past twelve (12) months, and/or reason for coming to Georgia.

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