Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA)

The Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA) became effective on October 1, 2012. 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. This act does not affect your admission to Chattanooga State. It only affects your fees and eligibility for state benefits.

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.

An applicant’s U.S. citizenship or lawful presence shall be verified in one of two ways:

OR

  • The applicant presents documentation verifying his/her claim of U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S. Documents can be emailed to submit@chattanoogastate.edu or submitted in-person at a campus location.

Documentation for US Citizens

Submit a copy of one (1) of the following documents:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for which the student's U.S. citizenship status is confirmed by the federal government.
  • valid, non-temporary Tennessee driver license or photo identification license
  • valid, unexpired U.S. passport
  • certificate of citizenship (N560 or N561)
  • certificate of naturalization (N550, N570, or N578)
  • U.S. citizen identification card (I-197, I-179)

OR

Submit a valid, government issued picture ID including a regular driver license, temporary driver license, government issued DL/ID card from any U.S. state with one (1) of the following documents:

  • An official birth certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction, or territory; except for Puerto Rican birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010
  • U.S. government-issued certified birth certificate
  • U.S. certificate of birth abroad (DS=1350 or FS-545)

Documentation for Lawfully Present Aliens

Submit a copy of one (1) of the following documents:

  • Valid, unexpired, Permanent Resident Card (Form 1-551) with ID picture
  • Valid, unexpired Foreign Passport with visa stamped "Processed for I-551”
  • Non-Resident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card
  • Refugee Travel Document (1-571)
  • Valid, unexpired Foreign Passport with valid visa in a category that permits study at an institution of higher education
  • 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.

OR

One of the following documents together with a valid, government issued picture ID including a regular driver license, temporary driver license, government issued DL/ID card from any U.S. state, or Employment Authorization Document (Form 1-766):

  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form 1-551) without ID picture
  • Arrival/Departure Record (Form 1-94)
  • Notice of Approval of Status with bottom 1-94 portion attached (Form 1-797)