South Carolina state law requires all state institutions of higher education to verify legal presence in U.S. For students who are U.S. citizens, you will be asked to provide documentation to confirm your current legal presence. On the first day of orientation, you will need to provide one of the following items:
- Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid to Clemson) (our code number is 003425);
- Show a valid S.C. driver's license issued after Jan. 1, 2002;
- Show a current U.S. Passport;
- Show an original U.S. or U.S. Territory Birth Certificate (not a hospital certificate), Certificate of Naturalization, U.S. government-issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certificate of Citizenship.
Please note the original documents are required for verification, no copies will be accepted. However, we only need to see the original documents, and they will not be taken up or kept by Clemson. If you are unable to provide this information at orientation, you will have 30 days after the start of classes to declare your legal presence without penalty.
For legal aliens, you must complete immigration documentation with the Office of International Affairs within 30 days of the first day of fall classes. You will be verified as follows:
- U.S. permanent residents' status will be verified through the SAVE system
- J-1 and F-1 Student Visa holders will be verified through the SEVIS system
- All other aliens will be verified through the SAVE system.