State of Alabama Out-of-State Tuition Waivers Frequently Asked Questions
With a recent decision by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, Columbus State University is now able to offer in-state tuition to all residents of Alabama who come to Columbus State University as an undergraduate student. The Application for Waiver of Out-of-state Tuition for the State of Alabama Residents or Lee, Russell or Chambers Border County Residents (PDF) is available online. Below are some questions and answers about this new benefit to Alabama residents.
Undergraduate students who have established and maintained domicile in the state of Alabama for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the start of the term.
Graduate students who have established and maintained domicile in Chambers County, Lee County, or Russell County, Alabama for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the start of the term are eligible for the out-of-state tuition waiver. Unfortunately, graduate students from other Alabama counties do not qualify for the waiver.
Yes, students that currently receive Boarder County Waivers are still eligible to keep those waivers.
Yes, current undergraduate students may be eligible for the State of Alabama Residents waiver, effective spring term 2018.
A dependent student must provide clear and convincing evidence that their parent(s) or U.S. court-appointed legal guardian has established and maintained domicile in Alabama for at least the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term the waiver is requested. In addition, the dependent student must either have graduated from a high school in Alabama or be claimed as a dependent by their Alabama state domiciled parent or U.S. court- appointed legal guardian on their federal or state income tax return filed for the most recent tax year.
An independent student must provide clear and convincing evidence that he or she has established and maintained domicile in Alabama for at least the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the term the waiver is requested.
No, once a student has been determined to be eligible for the Alabama State Residents Waiver, they are not required to reapply for the waiver provided continuous enrollment is maintained.
Students that reside in the counties of Chamber, Lee, and Russell are the only students that could qualify for the waiver. All other students must be undergraduate, degree-seeking students.
Yes, reentry/returning/readmit students are eligible to be considered for the State of Alabama Residents Waiver.
No, the Alabama State Residents Waiver may only be granted by those institutions approved by the Chancellor to award the waiver.
Yes, per Board of Regents policy, no student may be classified as in-state or be granted an out-of-state tuition waiver until their lawful presence in the United States has been verified using one of the approved methods found on our Lawful Presence page.
No, if the information a student provides on their State of Alabama Residents waiver application clearly shows they meet the waiver requirements, it is not necessary to require that additional supporting documentation be submitted. If there is not clear and convincing evidence that the student meets the requirements, then additional information will be requested from the student. A student may also need to submit documentation to satisfy the lawful presence requirement if their lawful presence is not verified in some other way.