Citizenship Verification and Lawful Presence
Georgia State University admits all academically qualified undergraduate students, regardless of immigration status.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia requires all students applying to Georgia State University to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States to be classified as in-state for tuition purposes.
This requirement is detailed in the following Board of Regents policies:
Students may be verified through one of the following options below:
- Verification through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen (this does not apply to international students on a visa) who has completed and submitted a FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will verify your lawful presence. If you cannot be confirmed as lawfully present, the Office of Financial Aid will follow up with you for additional documentation.
- Submission of one of the following documents:
Current Georgia driver’s license issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
Current Georgia State ID Card issued by the state of Georgia after January 1, 2008*
Current U.S. passport *
An original or certified Birth Certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority, or territory of the United States bearing an official seal* (Copy can be submitted by mail or electronically. The copy must very clearly show the raised or written seal to be acceptable. Copies that are not clear or do not show the seal cannot be accepted.)
Permanent Resident Card (front and back copy)*
U.S. Certificate of Naturalization *
U.S. Certificate of Citizenship *
U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad*
Military ID (must be verified in person)
*Copies of these documents are acceptable.
Submit documents directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in person or through the document upload. Please allow 5-7 business days for the hold to be removed.
- Verification through Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS)
If you have or are applying for an F or J visa, we will verify your lawful presence through SEVIS. As this is already part of the immigration process, there are no additional steps required to have your Citizenship Verification Hold removed. Simply comply with the requirements outlined by our Office of International Student and Scholar Services before you arrive at Georgia State University.
- Verification through Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE)
All nonresident alien students on some sort of visa will need to submit immigration documents verifying their lawful status to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Such documents may include an I-94 card, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) approval notice or receipt notice, or other documentation confirming the student is in lawful visa status.
This includes students who have been previously enrolled at Georgia State and are either returning (re-entry) to a degree program or applying for a new degree program. Transient students must also be verified.
Does Georgia State grant credit for AP/IB exams?
Yes, Georgia State does grant certain AP/IB exam credit. To view specific AP/IB/CLEP credit information click here.
How do accepted students notify Georgia State of their intent to enroll? Is there a tuition deposit?
Upon their acceptance to Georgia State, students will see an Intent to Enroll form in their status check. It is the student’s responsibility to fill out the required information. Currently, there is no required tuition deposit at Georgia State University.
How do I apply for financial aid? When is Georgia State’s deadline for the FAFSA?
The FAFSA priority deadline is April 1. Visit sfs.gsu.edu for the application process and deadlines.
Intent to Enroll
Congratulations on your acceptance to Georgia State University! We look forward to having you on campus. Let us know to expect you by completing the Intent to Enroll form, which you will find in your checklist after acceptance. You must view your acceptance letter in the “Status Update” before having access to complete the Intent to Enroll form.
Log in to Complete the Intent to Enroll
Once you have completed the Intent to Enroll, please complete the other next steps for accepted students.
Once I am accepted, to whom should I speak to about academic advisement (i.e. what classes were transferred and/or what classes do I need in order to pursue my degree etc.)?
Academic advisors and their associated college(s) can be found here.
What are Georgia State’s dining facilities? Is there a meal plan?
Georgia State offers several PantherDining options, including Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, and Garden Pasta Creations, among others. Georgia State also offers an all-you-can-eat, buffet style meal plan for any student.
What are the next steps for accepted students in order to enroll at Georgia State?
Accepted students will need to submit an Intent to Enroll Form first in order to reserve a space in the class. View a complete list of required steps.
What housing is available for Georgia State students? What is the housing application process? Is a housing deposit required?
University Housing provides quality on-campus housing to enhance the personal growth and development of students. We accomplish this goal by offering modern, safe and secure facilities, opportunities for intellectual and social engagement, and purposeful interactions between residents and staff. View our housing options.
To be considered for placement, you must submit your application and pay the $350 Room Reservation Fee. Students categorize their preferences on the application, but the Housing Department will assign rooms based availability. Students will receive a full refund of the Room Reservation Fee if 1. University Housing is unable to make housing accommodations or 2. Student is no longer interested in housing and submits a cancellation form prior to receiving a room assignment offer.
Find out more and apply at myhousing.gsu.edu.
What is Georgia State’s Federal ID Code for financial aid/FAFSA application?
Georgia State’s Federal ID Code is 001574.
What is New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation is the official Georgia State University new undergraduate student orientation program. New Student Orientation is required for new freshman and strongly encouraged for new transfer students. Our programs are designed to introduce you to the unique world of Georgia State and prepare you to make the most of both your academic and co-curricular experiences.
Where can I find information about transportation and parking?
Students can find information on transportation and parking by visiting Campus Services.
Who needs to take the placement tests at Georgia State? How do new students sign up for placement tests?
Accepted Georgia State students can click here to see if they will need to take the math, chemistry, and/or foreign language placement tests and how to register. Testing requirements vary by major, and students will want to try and complete placement tests before orientation and registration. Get more information on placement tests on the New Student Orientation webpage.
Our admissions counselors are here to guide you through the application and acceptance process. Connect with yours today. View our team of undergraduate admissions counselors.