All Winthrop University students must present proof of citizenship or legal presence in the U.S. before enrolling. This policy has been adopted by the University in order to comply with section 59-101-430 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended, which requires that lawful presence in the United States is verified before enrollment at any public institution of higher education. Those
unlawfully present in the U.S. are prohibited from receiving a public higher
education benefit including scholarships, financial aid, grants, or resident
Winthrop has adopted a proof of citizenship verification process to deter and prevent false claims of citizenship by unlawful aliens attempting to evade the eligibility requirements of section 59-101-430. Winthrop will do all it can to verify citizenship using other means, but many students will be contacted to complete a verification form and present proof of citizenship in the form of the following acceptable documents:
NOTE:If name has changed since birth, student must present all legal documents (i.e., adoption records, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, and court ordered name change) supporting all name changes from the name which appears on the birth certificate or proof of citizenship to the present.
Verification of immigration status for non-citizens will be conducted by Winthrop's International Center. The International Center is located in Dinkins Hall 218 and can be reached by calling 803-323-2133 or via email.
Except for F1 or J1 visa holders, if you are a non-citizen or permanent
resident lawfully present in the U.S. and admitted to Winthrop University, you
must complete and submit the Non-Citizen and Permanent Resident Lawful Presence Verification Form. You must also supply the documentation below
which will be used to verify your lawful presence through SAVE. The Non-Citizen
and Permanent Resident Lawful Presence Verification Form and supporting
documents must be submitted to the International Center. Failure to provide
this information will result in an enrollment hold being placed on your student
account until your lawful presence is verified.
The University can accept photocopies of documents so long as we reserve the right to demand production of the certified original in the event we have any questions about whether the copy is true and accurate, or in the event any of the information on the copy is unreadable.In submitting additional documents, include a clear scan or photocopy
of both the front and back of each document.
To learn more about this law (SC Code of Law Section 59-101-430) go to