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GGC: No undocumented students here

LAWRENCEVILLE -- No undocumented students have been identified at Georgia Gwinnett College, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The college recently completed the student citizenship verification mandated by the University System of Georgia.

"All new students at GGC who are receiving in-state tuition have been verified to have in-state residency status," spokeswoman Sally Ramey said. "All other new students who have not been verified as in-state residents are being charged out-of-state tuition."

In June, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis and the state Board of Regents ordered colleges to review the tuition charges placed on all students after it was disclosed that Kennesaw State University charged an illegal immigrant student in-state tuition.

Two hundred forty-two incoming students at Georgia's public colleges and universities are undocumented, according to the Associated Press.

A report released by the University System of Georgia on Wednesday shows that makes up less than half of 1 percent of the 50,000 new students at the campuses. Officials said those students include illegal aliens, as well as students in the country legally but with incomplete documentation.

All students without proper documentation of residency or citizenship must pay out-of-state tuition, which can be triple what Georgia students pay.

Not all 35 colleges and universities have finished reviews of all currently enrolled students to be sure they are paying the correct tuition. Those are expected to be done by October.

Sen. Don Balfour, who signed a letter urging the university system to stop admitting illegal immigrants, said if no students at Georgia Gwinnett College are in the country illegally, "then great."

"What you are calling undocumented, I am calling illegal," he said. "That is the bottom line. They aren't legally in the USA. They can't even get a job in the USA when they are done with a degree."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.