Residency Information and Requirements
All applicants for admission to College of Central Florida, degree-seeking or non degree-seeking, full-time or part-time, are required to complete a Florida Residency Affidavit. If the applicant is under 24 years of age and unmarried, the statement also must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. These guidelines implement Sections 1009.21, Florida Statutes, and Rule 6A-10.044, Florida Administrative Code, for the purpose of determining residency status for tuition purposes in public community colleges and universities.
A Florida “resident for tuition purposes” is a person who has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 months immediately prior to the first day of classes for the term in which residency status is sought. Anyone not establishing residency by this date may apply for reclassification in a following term. Other persons not meeting the 12-month legal residence requirement may be classified as Florida “residents for tuition purposes” only if they fall within one of the limited special categories authorized by the Florida Legislature. All other persons are ineligible for classification as a Florida “resident for tuition purposes.”
Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents. Residence in Florida must be for the purpose of establishing a permanent home and not merely incidental to enrollment at an institution of higher education. Documents supporting the establishment of legal residence must be dated, issued or filed 12 months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the term for which a Florida resident classification is sought.
A copy of the most recent tax return or other documentation may be requested to establish dependence/independence. A dependent is defined as a person for whom 50 percent or more of his or her support is provided by another as defined by the Internal Revenue Services. An independent is defined as a person who provides more then 50 percent of his or her own support as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.