Regents issue undocumented student report

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010 1:04 PM
Last updated 1:07 PM
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 The Georgia Board of Regents released information today detailing the findings of a student residency verification process that most state-funded colleges recently completed.

The report shows that out of a projected 50,000  new students for the fall, just 242, or 0.48 percent, were undocumented and that all are being charged out-of-state tuition.

Preliminary numbers also show that of those students returning to Georgia colleges this fall, 230 are undocumented and also being charged out-of-state tuition.

A breakdown of the numbers by college shows Augusta State University had two new undocumented students for this fall. Medical College of Georgia has two new undocumented students this fall and two returning undocumented students.

As of today, 26 institutions have completed the residency check that was a directive given earlier this year from the Board of Regents and Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. Institutions were charged with ensuring that “no undocumented students are receiving or about to receive any prohibited benefits or tuition assistance,” a release states.

“While we are still awaiting reports on returning students from a few institutions, if the trends continue, we do not expect to see any significant change in the final percentage of undocumented students enrolled in the University System,” Committee Chair Regent Jim Jolly stated in today’s release.

Jolly stated that undocumented students could include those who are in the country legally but who have incomplete documentation.

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