This act (TCA 4-58-101 et seq.) was passed by the Tennessee legislature on October 1, 2012 and is effective for all students applying for admission for terms beginning Spring 2013 and later. The EVEA requires state public institutions of higher education to verify that persons seeking a “state public benefit” are either a “United States citizen” or “lawfully present” in the United States.
The term “state benefit” includes in-state tuition, lottery scholarship, academic scholarship, common market, or any other form of tuition assistance or waiver funded with state-appropriated dollars. State benefit does not include tuition assistance funded privately, such as a scholarship from the institution’s foundation or a privately endowed scholarship.
If you are not interested in receiving a state benefit you are not required to verify your citizenship or lawful presence. This act in no way affects your admissibility to Tennessee Tech University and only affects your fees to attend Tennessee Tech University.
If you are applying to receive a state benefit your citizenship or lawful presence may be verified in several ways. The primary and recommended way to have your U. S. citizenship or eligible non-citizenship status verified is by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application data will be used to confirm U. S. citizenship or eligible non-citizenship status via the federal government (“Citizenship-Confirmed FASFA”).
There is no immediate need to verify your citizenship or eligible non-citizenship status only that this needs to be completed before you plan on paying your fees for an upcoming semester.
If you have no plans of completing a FAFSA but would like to receive a state benefit, there are several documents that you may submit to verify your U.S. citizenship:
a valid Tennessee driver license or photo identification license
a valid driver license or photo identification license from another state (except for Utah and New Mexico)
an official birth certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction, or territory, except for Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010
a U.S. government-issued certified birth certificate
a valid, unexpired U.S. passport
a U.S. certificate of birth abroad (DS-1350 or FS-545)
a report of birth abroad of a citizen of the U.S. (FS-240)
a certificate of citizenship (N560 or N561)
a certificate of naturalization (N550, N570, or N578)
a U.S. citizen identification card (I-197, I-179)
If you are not a U.S. citizen but would like to verify your status as an alien lawfully present in the United States, you must verify your Alien Registration Number (A#) or I-94 Admission Number via TWO of any of the following documents:
valid Tennessee driver license or photo identification card
valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
valid, unexpired Foreign Passport with visa stamped “Processed for I-551”
Permanent Resident Re-Entry Permit (I-327)
Refugee Travel Document (I-571)
Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766)
Arrival/Departure Record (Form I-94)
valid, unexpired Foreign Passport with valid visa
notice of Approval of Status with bottom I-94 portion attached (Form I-797)
Certificate of Eligibility for Student Status (Form I-20)
DS-2019 or IAP-66 for J-1 status holders
Non-Resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card
any other document determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to be acceptable through the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program created pursuant to the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986