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Verification of Lawful Presence

Effective Fall 2011, upon acceptance to Columbus State University, all students seeking Georgia resident tuition classification are required to verify their lawful presence in the United States. The following documents are acceptable:

  • A photocopied image or photo of a current Driver's License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008. A limited term license-- a license issued for a period of less than two years--is not acceptable .
  • A photocopied image or photo of a current Driver's License issued by the State of Alabama after February 1, 2008. A limited term license--a license issued for a period of less than two years--is not acceptable .
  • A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
  • A current U.S. Passport.
  • A Certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy or faxed copy provided by the student is not acceptable .
  • 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).
  • A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form I-151 or I-551).

Acceptable photocopies and photos of lawful presence may be emailed to Data_Entry@ColumbusState.Edu.

Common Questions and Answers:

Q: Does verifying my lawful presence allow me to pay in-state tuition?
A: No, you must submit the required documents to prove your residency in Georgia.

Q: I am expecting to receive an out of state tuition waiver. Do I need to provide proof of lawful presence?
A: Yes, the policy states that anyone receiving an out-of-state tuition waiver must provide proof of lawful presence.

Q: I have been in Georgia my entire life; do I have to submit documentation to prove my lawful presence?
A: Yes, all incoming students must provide documentation.

Q: Can I get my certified Birth Certificate back if I mail it in once I have proven lawful presence?
A: The certified Birth Certificate will be held in your admission file and is unable to be returned to you.

Q: Is a social security card an acceptable form of lawful presence?
A: While all U.S. citizen applicants are required to provide a social security number on their application, the card itself does not satisfy the lawful presence requirement.

Q: How do I get this information to the Admissions Office?
A: You may mail or hand deliver a copy of your acceptable documentation to our office (Birth Certificates must be the original). Please do not fax your driver's license or passport. You may also e-mail acceptable photocopied or photographed documents to Data_Entry@ColumbusState.edu.Our Mailing Address:

Columbus State University

Office of Admission

4225 University Ave

Columbus, GA 31907

If you have additional questions, please contact us at (706)507-8800 or at admissions@columbusstate.edu