Transient Students


What is a transient student? Transient applicants are enrolled in another college or university and receive permission from the Registrar of that institution to seek temporary (one term only) admission to Georgia College & State University. If approved by their current institution, the courses they take at Georgia College can then transfer back to their home school and count towards completing their degree there. Transient students must be in good standing at their home institution. Transient students may not attend consecutive semesters at Georgia College. 

As Georgia’s designated public liberal arts institution, our summer tuition rates are affordable – at $250 per credit hour plus fees, our price of attendance is a fraction of the cost of private colleges and universities. Financial aid opportunities may also be available; however transient students will be required to pay their tuition and fees out of pocket and then be reimbursed any financial aid funds including the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship.

Application Due Dates:

July 1

Fall Semester Application Due

Nov 1

Spring Semester Application Due

April 1

Maymester Application Due

May 1

Summer (June & July) Application Due

How to become a Transient Student

In order to become a transient student at Georgia College, each of the Admission requirements below must be completed. Applications are reviewed once a file becomes complete, which means all required documentation has been received by the Georgia College Admissions Office. Admission files should be complete by the indicated priority deadlines.

Before applying, we recommend that you visit our course schedule page to select your course(s) and check with your home institution to confirm that they will accept that course for transfer credit.

1. Undergraduate Application

The Undergraduate application is used to apply as a transient student. Please submit ONLY ONE application and use ONLY that application all the way through to submission. Submitting more than one application will most certainly delay your admission decision. 



Note: Two personal essays are not required

2. Application Fee

Application Fee: 

The $35 (non-refundable) online application fee is payable at the time of application for transient applicants. The paper application fee is $40. If you submitted your application without paying the fee, you may do so through our payment portal

Fee Waiver:

Transient application processing fee is NOT required of:

  • Applicants aged 62 and above
  • Applicants who applied and/or enrolled and paid the application fee within the past six years

If you are exempt from paying the application fee, please select “Fee Waiver” option on your application to secure this waiver.

3. Official Transient Letter

transient letter must indicate good standing and recommend admission to GC. Please make sure your Registrar’s Office does NOT send an Enrollment Verification letter. A letter of verification only provides proof of current enrollment, not academic standing and official recommendation of admission to GC.

Official transient letters must be sent directly from your current institution’s Registrar’s Office one of the following ways:

  • Mail
  • Fax: 478-445-3653 (Letter must be faxed directly from the Registrar's Office of student's current institution)
  • Email (Letter must be emailed directly from the Registrar's Office of student's current institution)
  • Parchment

Note: If you are planning to enroll for a course at Georgia College that requires a pre-requisite, please make sure your transient letter indicates that you have completed and passed the pre-requisite course at your current institution.

4. Performance Requirements
  • Be in good academic standing and eligible to re-enroll with their last institution
5. Lawful Presence Verification

Lawful Presence Verification is required of all students before they can begin class.

Most common ways we accept LPVs:

Georgia Driver’s License:

Birth Certificate:

  • Mail a certified copy
  • In person: Stop by our office with a certified copy and we will make a copy of the certified copy

Note: If student mails us the original birth certificate, we will not be able to release the document back to them. 

US Passport:

Other options to satisfy Lawful Presence can be found here - pdf.

App Status Check

You can track your missing and received application materials by visiting our application status check page.

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If you have questions about the admissions process, please feel free to contact your admissions counselor.

Accepted Students

If you've recently been accepted as a first-year student, view your next steps to complete enrollment!