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Georgia Residency

The Tuition Classification team in the Office of Finance and Accounting (OFA) oversees the review process for student petitions to change their tuition classification to Resident.

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.

Individuals who enter the institution as non-resident students, but who wish to later qualify as legal residents, must fill out a Petition to Change Tuition Classification Form.

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 for a purpose independent of attendance at an institution of higher education. A student cannot receive more than 40% of their financial support from a parent, spouse, or any other relative in another state. The student must be able to provide a GA500 income tax return showing a minimum of $11,880 income (Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines, 2016). If under the age of 24, the student must also provide a copy of the parent's Federal tax return showing that they are not claimed as a dependent. The student cannot be receiving financial aid based on the parent's income. 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. In the event that you are claimed on the tax return of a parent/guardian in a state other than Georgia, you are considered a resident of that state and as such are not eligible to adjust your tuition classification status.

The combination of items requested and information provided on the petition will be taken into consideration in the review for tuition reclassification. All documentation submitted must be dated to clearly support that the twelve-month required waiting period has been satisfied.

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

  • Petition to Change Tuition Classification Form
  • Georgia Drivers License
  • Georgia Vehicle Registration Form
  • Georgia State Income Tax Return Form 500, most recent tax year showing a minimum of $11,880 in income
  • Letter from Employer, on letterhead, verifying current employment and employment for past 12 months
  • Housing Information (Warranty Deed or OFF CAMPUS Apartment or Home Rental Agreement) showing 12 months of occupation
  • Georgia Voter Registration Card
  • Additional documents may be requested if needed.

Additional Information

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

Contact Tuition Classification

For questions and additional information about Tuition Classification contact:
E: tuitionclassification@kennesaw.edu.
P: 470-578-4853 or 470-578-3251

Office Locations/Hours

Kennesaw Campus
Location: Town Point, Suite 3700
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Marietta Campus
Location: Norton Hall, Bursars Office, West Entrance
Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays (July - January) 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesdays Only (Febuary - June) 8:30am - 4:30pm

Mail, Fax or Hand Deliver Documents

Office of Finance and Accounting
Tuition Classification Officer
Kennesaw State University
3391 Town Point Drive
Suite 3700, MD 9110
Kennesaw, GA 30144
F: 470.578.9187

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