Updated *The reference we had previously to most of the text of OCGA 20-3-519.1 will not work. This part serves as a beginning:
“Eligibility for scholarships or grants
(b) A student is ineligible for any scholarship or grant described in this part if the student:
- (1) Is not a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien…”
Below is in progress wording to exclude illegal alien students and parents from participation in any taxpayer-funded private school scholarship participation.
A student is ineligible for any “NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP” scholarship or grant described in this section if the student Is not a United States citizen or lawfully admitted for permanent residence and a Lawful Permanent Resident under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act.
For purposes of this section, “lawfully admitted for permanent residence” means the status of having been lawfully accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States as an immigrant in accordance with U.S. immigration laws, such status not having changed. Such status terminates upon entry of a final administrative order of exclusion, deportation, or removal as defined by the permanent resident alien.
Application for NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP:
The Department (of Education?) shall create a dedicated application for NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP.
The NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP application shall state that it shall only be accepted for processing if accompanied by a certified copy of the U.S. issued birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. passport or a current copy of the USCIS Form I-551 (green card). or
Form N-550, Certificate of Naturalization; or Form N-560, Certificate of Citizenship;or
Form FS-240, or Report of Birth Abroad of United States Citizen.
Applicants or parents/ guardians for NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP shall complete the NAME OF SCHOLARSHIP application
A required, universal and dedicated application can and should be drawn up that requires parents/guardians/custodians of applicants for the state scholarship to enter a valid Social Security Number for both the student scholarship recipient and the parent/guardian/custodian who will be authorized to deal with any disbursement of the state money.
It is important that the state does not ask any questions regarding immigration status of students or parents/guardians. Excluding anyone not a U.S. citizen or LPR eliminates the need to ask status. There must be a state penalty for adults filing an application with false information and