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The state of South Carolina requires students attending a public university in the state to provide confirmation that they are a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States.

New students often enter the university with their citizenship status pre-determined through the financial aid process. Others may have to complete the citizenship verification process. 

Non-US citizens at the Columbia campus should contact International Student Services. Non-US citizens at system campuses should contact their international student services office.

Check if your status has been verified

Before submitting the Citizenship Verification Form, please check to see if your status has already been verified, by reviewing your Citizenship Status in the Student Profile section of Self Service Carolina.  If you find that your citizenship status is non-verified, please review the instructions for the Citizenship Verification Form below.

Complete the Citizenship Verification Form

To complete the citizenship verification process, you must submit the Citizenship Verification Form and supply one of the following documents*:

  • South Carolina driver’s license.
  • Certified Birth Certificate indicating you were born in the United States or a territory of the United States, with your given name and surname, date and place of birth, date the birth record was filed, and the seal or other certification of the official custodian of the certificate.
  • Current U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport that has not been expired more than 10 years, Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS Form N-550 or N-570), U.S. government issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561), or Unexpired U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID Card (DOD DD-2)

*We reserve the right to demand production of the certified original or your supporting documentation, in the event we have any questions as to its authenticity and accuracy, or in the event any of the information on the copy is unreadable.


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