Florida Residency Guidelines
- Residency for tuition purposes
- What are the Basic Requirements for Florida Residency?
- How do I determine if I'm a dependent student or an independent student?
- How do I prove financial independence?
- Who is my "claimant"?
- What do I need to provide to prove my claim for Florida residency?
- Special Categories
- I am a Non-U.S Citizen. Do I qualify as Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes
- Important things to know about establishing Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes
- Appeal Procedures
- College of Medicine Student
Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes refers to whether you are an in-state Florida resident or an out-of-state resident, and this classification determines your tuition cost as defined by Florida state statute 1009.21 and the State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.044. Students are encouraged to review the following documents for additional information.
All applicants must complete the Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes section of the application and submit the required documentation, regardless of the duration of their presence in Florida. A Florida resident for tuition purposes is defined as an individual who has resided in the state for 12 consecutive months while not enrolled in an institution of higher learning, prior to the beginning of classes, and who has established legal ties in Florida according to Florida Statute 1009.21.
Florida Legislature has recently implemented significant changes to Florida Statute 1009.21. For updated information, please visit here. Florida residency content can be found beginning on page 10.
If you are a new undergraduate, degree seeking student or if you are a returning FAU student who wishes to return as degree-seeking after at least 3 consecutive terms of non-enrollment at FAU, your initial residency classification will be determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please complete the Residency Form and return it back to the Office of Undergraduate of Admissions.
If you are a non degree-seeking student, or if you are a degree seeking student who has attended FAU for at least one semester as a non-Florida resident and you wish to reclassify your residency status, your residency will be determined by the Office of the Registrar, 561-297-3050. You must carefully read the Residency Reclassification Information guidelines and follow all instructions. Please complete the Residence Reclassification for Degree-Seeking Students form and return it back to the Office of the Registrar.
If you are a new graduate, degree seeking student or if you are a returning FAU graduate student who wishes to return as degree-seeking after at least 3 consecutive terms of non-enrollment at FAU, your initial residency classification will be determined by the Graduate College. Please complete the Residency Form and return it back to the Graduate College.
Students who are non United States citizens must provide appropriate documentation from Immigration and Naturalization Services that designates their status while living in the United States. Resident alien cards (green cards), employment authorization cards, or Visas must be submitted at the time students submit their application. All documentation must be valid. Those applicants with expired paperwork must be referred to the Office of Immigration and Naturalization Services. All students who were previously classified as non-U.S. citizens and are now returning as U.S. citizens must submit proper documentation.
Paperwork may be sent by fax, mail, or delivered in-person to any FAU campus. Please allow at least 10-14 business days for processing of any new incoming residency documents. The residency evaluation process may, in some cases, take up to six weeks depending on the student's individual situation and the availability of requested documents.
Office of the Registrar
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Office Main: 561-297-3050