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A Florida “resident for tuition purposes” is an independent person who has, or a dependent person whose spouse, parent or legal guardian has, established and maintained legal residency in Florida for at least twelve complete months immediately prior to the start of classes for the semester. To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or meet exceptions outlined in F.S. 1009.21 or Florida Administrative Code 6A-10.044.  All other persons are ineligible for classification as a Florida “resident for tuition purposes”.  Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.

A Florida “resident for tuition purposes” must qualify in one of the following categories:

Independent

  1. (a). A person (over the age of 24)must have established legal residence in Florida and must have maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the term for which a Florida resident classification is sought.  Anyone not establishing residency by this date may apply for reclassification the following term.

Dependent

  1. (b). The biological or adoptive parents or legal guardian of a person (under the    age of 24) that is a dependent child, must have established legal residence in Florida and must have maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the term for which a Florida resident classification is sought. Anyone not establishing residency by this date may apply for reclassification the following term. (Adoption or legal guardianship paperwork is required.)
  2. A dependent person who has resided for five years with an adult relative other than his or her biological or adoptive parents or legal guardian, and whose said relative has maintained legal residence in Florida for a least 12 months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the term for which a Florida resident classification is sought, provided the dependent has resided continuously with this relative for five years prior to enrollment. (Proof of dependency for said time period required.)

Exceptions (as provided for in Florida Administrative Code and Florida Statute)

  1. A married person who, or whose spouse, has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 mouths immediately prior to the first day of classes of the term for which a Florida resident classification is sought, has established legal residence, intends to make Florida his or her permanent home and who has relinquished legal ties to any other state. (Copy of marriage license if student is under the age of 24 and copy of marriage license and spouse’s residency documentation if the student is using that person to establish residency must be provided.)
  2. Persons who were enrolled as Florida residents for tuition purposes at a Florida public institution of higher education, but who abandon Florida residency and then re-enrolled in Florida within 12 months of the abandonment. (Copy of transcript required.)
  3. Active duty members of the armed services of the United States, residing or stationed in Florida, and active members of the Florida National Guard who qualify under S.250.10 (7) and (8) for the tuition assistance program, (and spouse/dependent child) or military personnel not stationed in Florida, whose home of record or state of legal residence certificated, DD Form 2058, is Florida. (Copy of DD214 required.)
  4. Active duty members of the armed services of the United States, and their spouses attending a public community college or university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed, if such military establishment is within a county contiguous to Florida.
  5. United States citizens living on the Isthmus of Panama, who have completed 12 consecutive months of college work at the Florida State University Panama Canal Branch, and their spouses and dependent children. (Copy of transcript required.)
  6. Full-time instructional and administrative personnel employed by the state public school system, community colleges and institutions of higher education (and spouse/dependent children.) (Copy of employment verification required.)
  7. Students from Latin American and the Caribbean who receive scholarships from the federal or state government. The student must attend, on a full-time basis, a Florida institution of higher education.
  8. Full-time employees of state agencies or political subdivisions of the state when the student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision for the purpose of job-related law enforcement or corrections training.
  9. United States citizens living outside of the United States who are teaching at a Department of Defense Dependent School or in an American International School and who enrolled in a Florida State Board of Education- approved graduate level education program which leads to a Florida teaching certificate.
  10. Qualified beneficiaries under the Florida Pre-Paid Postsecondary Expense Program per s. 1009.98(2) (a) 1. (Copy of card required.)
  11. A dependent child, whose parents are divorced, separated or otherwise living apart will be considered a resident for tuition purposes if either parent is a legal resident of Florida, regardless of which parent claims the minor for tax purposes.
  12. Active duty members of the Canadian military residing or stationed in Florida under the North American Air Defense (NORAD) agreement, and their spouses and dependent children, attending a public community college or university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed.

Eligible Non-Citizen Categories

  1. Resident aliens, parolees, asylees, refugees, or other persons married to U.S. citizens and temporary or permanent residents.
  1. Visa categories eligible for in-state status: A, E, G, H-1, H-4, I, K, L, N, O-1, O-3, R, NATO 1-7, T and V

NOTE: Documentation in support of the above qualifications is required.

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