A student's residency classification for tuition purposes is determined by the Admissions staff at the time an admission application is submitted in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws #59-112-10 to #59-112-100 and College policies and procedures.
To Determine Residency:
1. Review the Residency Checklist
Review the Residency checklist to determine if you are eligible for consideration. If you cannot provide all of the documents needed for a particular residency classification, you cannot be considered for a change in residency status. Also, the documents you produce for residency classification may be selected for review by State authorities, so please retain copies of all documents.
2. Complete the Application for Review of Residency Classification
It will be reviewed by HGTC's Residency Coordinator and you will be notified of the
residency decision within one week.
Submitting a Residency Review Application does not guarantee that a change in residency status will be made. Also, all deadlines for submission of applications must be met for any change to be considered for the current semester.
State law is the guiding regulation used to determine a student's residency classification, not individual opinion or extenuating circumstances. That allows residency decisions to be consistent and equitable for all students. In short, it is possible to live in South Carolina--even in Horry or Georgetown County--and not qualify for in-area or in-state tuition. There are specific requirements under the law.
(Note: Appeals of residency decisions may be made to the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Development.)