What is “lawful presence” and how can it be satisfied?
Lawful Presence verifies that you are lawfully present in the US. You may submit your Lawful Presence documentation by clicking here. ABAC follows the University System of Georgia (USG) guidelines. Click here for more information.
For a student to be considered for in-state tuition at any University System of Georgia institution, the college or university must verify that the student is lawfully present in the United States. If a student chooses not to submit requested lawful presence documentation, then the student will not be eligible for consideration for in-state tuition.
The following documents may satisfy Law Presence.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if the U.S. Department of Education determines that the student is eligible to receive federal student aid.
- Copy of U.S. birth certificate
- Current United States passport
- Permanent Resident Card
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
- U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240).
- Current (unexpired) Driver’s License/ID issued by the states listed below and containing the REAL ID symbol.
- Alabama, Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin
- Driver’s Licenses and state-issued IDs marked “FN”, “Limited Term”, “Temporary”, “Not for REAL ID purposes”, “Federal Limits Apply” or “nonrenewable and nontransferable” are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
- REAL ID acceptable symbols include the following: Gold Star, Black Star, Star cutout in gold circle, Star cutout in black circle, and Star cutout in gold grizzly bear.
- A current military ID (service member only, not dependent)
- Document using the Confirmation of Review of Military ID Dynamic Form.
- Copies of military IDs are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
- A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551)
- An F, J, or M visa
- Verification through the SAVE program