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Two Georgia colleges must soon consider undocumented students

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Two of our state’s most competitive colleges soon must consider accepting students who are living in the U.S. without legal status.

According to a spokesman for the Georgia Board of Regents, Georgia State University and Augusta University both must consider allowing undocumented students starting next spring.

Until recently, the universities were on a list of five Georgia institutions where undocumented students were prohibited.

Under a policy implemented a few years ago by the University System of Georgia, in order for an institution to remain exempt, it must stay competitive. If an exempted institution essentially becomes less competitive, it can fall off the list. That’s the case for both GSU and Augusta University.

Charlie Sutlive, a spokesman for the University System of Georgia, provided the following summary in an effort to explain the change:

Why does the USG prohibit undocumented students from attending some of its institutions?

The USG adopted policies several years ago to comply with federal and state laws and they mirror guidance from the office of the Attorney General as set forth in their Report on Public Benefits.  These laws require public higher education – including the University System – to ensure that only students who can demonstrate lawful presence are eligible for certain public benefits, including in-state tuition or access to institutions that admit students on a competitive basis. 

Board of Regents Rule 4.1.6 specifically provides that any person who is not lawfully present in the United States is not eligible for admission to any University System institution which, for the last two academic years, did not admit all academically qualified applicants. 

Which institutions currently prohibit admission of undocumented students under Policy 4.1.6?

Based on the most recent admissions data, Augusta University and Georgia State University are being removed from the list of institutions under Policy 4.1.6 because they have admitted all academically qualified applicants through general admissions during the last two years.

The University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia College and State University will all remain on the list of institutions that fall under this Policy.

Why are these two institutions coming off the list?

Because it is required by policy.  Policy 4.1.6 only affects admissions at institutions that have not admitted all academically qualified students during the last two years.  When the data show that an institution has not met those criteria over the last two years, it will be removed from the list in accordance with the policy.

Why now?

This latest change results from a recent system-wide review of general admissions requirements relating to this policy.  We conducted this review at the direction of the office of the Attorney General and in conjunction with recent litigation relating to our admissions policies.

In addition to this system-wide review, each of our institutions is expected to monitor their admissions data under this policy on a regular basis.

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