tchan4269 wrote:The major factor behind it is whether or not your parents claim you as a dependent on their tax returns. If you're claimed and they don't have Georgia residency, you aren't eligible for in-state tuition. Obviously, everyone's situation is different, but for those under 24, and straight out of undergrad, their parents likely claim them.
I'm pretty sure if you take out a loan to pay for law school under your name...like most people will do...you're fine after the first year. That's what a 1L said earlier and that's what the people at admissions said when I called. Online forums are huge sources of misinformation.
The loans need to be in your name, yes. VERY importantly, have the loans direct deposit into a GEORGIA bank account. More than half of your "income" needs to come from Georgia. So if you have the funds go into a bank account in florida, then leave the cash there, it won't count. It'd probably be OK if you transferred the cash to a GA account, but I would try to get a GA bank account as soon as I had an address to put down so that you won't even have to worry about that.
If your parents count you as a dependent, you WILL NOT get instate unless your parents are Georgia residents.
Get a GA drivers license. If your car is in your parents name in another state, that is OK.
Register to vote in GA.
If applicable, pay taxes in GA.
Make sure your name is on a lease in GA. You'd be surprised, but some silly people do not have actual leases.
If you have a roommate, if possible try to get one of the bills in your name.
It's really easy, you just have to do the steps. Virtually everyone gets instate 2L and 3L year.