Establishing Residency

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

  1. A person, or if that person is a dependent child, his or her parents, must have established legal residence in Florida and must have maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to his or her initial enrollment in an institution of higher education at which Florida resident classification is sought.
  2. A dependent person who has resided for five years with an adult relative other than his or her parents or legal guardian, and whose said relative has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the child's initial enrollment in an institution of higher education at which Florida resident classification is sought, provided the dependent has resided continuously with this relative for five years prior to enrollment and the adult relative has exercised day-to-day care, supervision, and control of the child.
  3. Married to a person who has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to his or her initial enrollment in an institution of higher education at which 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Full-time instructional and administrative personnel employed by the state public school system, community colleges and institutions of higher education (and spouse/dependent children).
  9. Students from Latin America 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Qualified beneficiaries under the Florida Pre-Paid Postsecondary Expense Program per S. 1009.98(2)(a)1.
  13. 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 is entitled to claim, and does in fact claim, the minor as a dependent pursuant to federal individual income tax provisions.
  14. Active duty members of the Canadian military residing or stationed in Florida under the North American Air Defense 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.

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

Documents for Proof of Residency

To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, an applicant or the dependent applicant’s parent/legal guardian must establish and maintain legal residency in Florida. The documents supporting the establishment of legal residency must be dated, issued or filed 12 months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which a Florida resident classification is sought. These supporting residency documents must be received in the Registrar’s Office by the end of the regular posted add/drop period for that semester. All documentation is subject to verification. Additional documentation, other than what is stated below, may be requested in some cases.

At least one document must be issued 12 months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which a Florida resident classification is sought. NO SINGLE DOCUMENT SHALL BE CONCLUSIVE.

  1. The documents must include at least one of the following:
    1. a Florida voter's registration card
    2. a Florida driver's license
    3. a State of Florida identification card (must not possess a valid driver's license from another state)
    4. a Florida vehicle registration
    5. proof of a permanent home in Florida which is occupied as a primary residence by the individual or by the individual's parent if the individual is a dependent child
    6. proof of a homestead exemption in Florida
    7. transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years if the Florida high school diploma or GED was earned within the last 12 months
    8. proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a 12-month period
  2. The documents may include one or more of the following:
    1. a declaration of domicile in Florida
    2. a Florida professional or occupational license
    3. Florida incorporation
    4. a document evidencing family ties in Florida
    5. proof of membership in a Florida-based charitable or professional organization
    6. any other documentation that supports the student's request for resident status, including, but not limited to, utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; a lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; or an official state, federal or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida.

NOTE: Retroactive changes and refunds for prior semesters will not be made.

International/Eligible Non-Citizen Categories

  1. Resident aliens, parolees, asylees, refugees, or other persons married to U.S. citizens, and temporary or permanent residents.
  2. 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.

Reclassification

It is important to understand that living in or attending school in Florida is not sufficient evidence to establish residency for tuition purposes. Students must show that they were in Florida to maintain a bona fide domicile. The reclassification process is not automatic. Students who wish to be considered for a reclassification must submit a petition for reclassification no later than the posted add/drop period of the semester for which they desire the reclassification. The following hard copy evidence may be accepted as evidence of establishing legal residence in Florida:

  1. For independent students, if appropriate, obtain student tax returns, affidavits, employment records, bank accounts, etc., and at least three documents of legal residency dated at least 12 months immediately prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which legal residency is sought. (See previous list of acceptable evidence.)
  2. For dependent students, if dependent on a Florida resident parent/legal guardian, obtain from parent/legal guardian:
    1. proof of dependent status, and
    2. at least three documents of legal residency pertaining to the parent/legal guardian that are dated 12 months immediately prior to the first day of classes for the semester in which residency is sought. (See previous list of acceptable evidence.)
  3. If dependent on out-of-state parent/legal guardian, student may be reclassified only under rare circumstances in which the student’s age and general circumstances warrant the reclassification (e.g., graduate student, married, is supporting a dependent child or adult).
  4. For students seeking reclassification under an exceptional category, hard copy documentation appropriate to the particular category (e.g., marriage certificate, military orders, teaching contract, etc.) is required.

NOTE: Retroactive changes and refunds for prior semesters will not be made.

Appeals

Students may appeal their residency or reclassification decision in accordance with Florida Statute 1009.21(11).

  1. The student must appeal to the registrar or designee with the Admissions and Records Office prior to requesting an appeal from the committee.
  2. The student must complete the Appeal for Florida Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes Form and state the reason(s) for appealing the residency decision. The explanation should address any information that was not previously submitted or considered.
  3. A copy of all new and previously submitted documents supporting the Florida residency claim must be attached to the form.
  4. The form must be signed by the student and submitted with all required documents to the Enrollment Services Center.
  5. The registrar or designee will review the request to ensure that the student already appealed to the appropriate personnel. If not, the registrar or designee will initiate that process, sign the appeal form, and forward it to the vice president of Student Affairs Office with all attached documents and any necessary comments within five business days of receipt of the completed appeal form.
  6. At its regularly scheduled meetings, the Academic Exceptions and Petitions Review Committee will review the appeals submitted for that month. The committee may request additional information from the student or registrar in order to make its decision.
  7. Upon review, the committee will inform the student of its decision in writing.
  8. The Academic Exceptions and Petitions Review Committee's decision is final and may not be appealed.