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If you enroll in Georgia Law as a non-resident and you are an independent student, you may be classified as in-state for tuition purposes if you demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that you have abandoned your out-of-state domicile and have established a domicile and legal residence in Georgia.
Please note that there is no exact formula to ensure reclassification for independent students. Each case is evaluated according to its particular facts. The following actions, although not exhaustive or necessarily conclusive, support a claim for in-state status.
Law students who intend to remain in Georgia upon completion of their legal studies should complete and submit a Petition for Classification as In-State for Tuition Purposes. The petition should be submitted to the School of Law Admissions Office by July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.
If your petition for classification as in-state is denied, you may appeal to the Residency Appeals Committee at the address below. Your appeal must be received within thirty days from the date of the denial notification. Include a copy of your denial letter as well as a postal address, telephone number, and/or email address at which you may be reached. You should clearly state why you believe this decision is incorrect and attach any additional information you wish the committee to consider when it reviews this determination.
Residency Appeals Committee/UGA/102 Lustrat House/Athens, GA 30602-1693. Fax: 706.542.3248
Following administrative review and/or hearing, the Residency Appeals Committee will make a recommendation to the President who will review the Committee’s findings and recommendations, decide the case, and communicate his decision to you by letter. The President’s decision in residency matters is final. The School of Law Admissions Office will not be able to assist you in the appeal process. Should you have questions, please call the Residency Appeals Committee at 706.542.0006.
* In-state classification for tuition purposes is governed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The information contained in this web page is for students at the School of Law only. It is subject to change. Refer to the Board of Regents Policy Manual for current complete information regarding Georgia residency for tuition purposes at the University of Georgia.