Residency Classification

Residency classification for tuition and fees purposes at HGTC is governed by the South Carolina Code Sections 59-112-10 through 59-112-150. Guidelines are established by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and administered by the College. It is the responsibility of the applicant or student who would like to request a review of his/her residency classification to complete the Application for Review of Residency Classification form available online at, provide requested supporting documentation, and return the application and documentation to the Admissions Office by the announced deadline. The deadline for submission of an Application for Review of Residency is the last day of registration for the term for which residency reclassification is requested.

Appeals of residency decisions may be made to the Residency Review Committee. Applicants incorrectly classified as residents are subject to re-classification and payment of all unpaid non-resident fees. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed information, an applicant may be charged tuition and fees past due and unpaid at the out-of-state or out-of-county tuition rate and may be subject to disciplinary action according to the Student Code of Conduct for the South Carolina Technical College System.

Residency Credit Requirement

A minimum of 25% of the total credit hours required for graduation must be earned at HGTC in order for the degree, diploma or certificate to be awarded by the College. Therefore, no more than 75% of the required credit hours may be transferred in and/or exempted. Some programs limit transfer credits beyond this requirement.