For those of you wondering how easy it is to become a GA resident, it's very easy. There are several factors used for a decision on your GA residency after your first year. They will look to see if you did the following: Register your car in GA, get a GA drivers license, set up a bank account in GA, seek summer employment in GA (although this is probably the least important of them all) and you will show how you are not receiving more than 49% of your total cost of attendance from any person(s) who are not GA residents(this is the most important factor). That means you will have to show you or some other GA resident is paying more than half of your cost of attendance either through loans, scholarships, or funds from a bank account with your or the other GA resident's name on it. If you have parents or a significant other who is helping your pay for things the easiest thing to do would just be take out a the max Federal Subsidized loan for your first year and then a good chuck of the max of the unsubsidized loan in your name, and then after you are declared a resident after the first year you can have your parents or whomever pay off that loan. You don't accrue any interest on the subsidized loan until 6 months after graduation but you will accrue a small bit of interest on the unsubsidized loan but it's nothing compared to the cost you will save through becoming a resident after the first year.
Congrats to all the future Law Dawgs. I'm a 2L and a Dean's Ambassador so if any of you have questions about anything law school related feel free to PM me and I'll give you the most honest and accurate answer possible.