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Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

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  1. Residency for tuition purposes
  2. What are the Basic Requirements for Florida Residency?
  3. How do I determine if I'm a dependent student or an independent student?
  4. How do I prove financial independence?
  5. Who is my "claimant"?
  6. What do I need to provide to prove my claim for Florida residency?
  7. Qualification by Exception
  8. I am a Non-U.S Citizen. Do I qualify as Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes?
  9. Important things to know about establishing Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes
  10. Definitions
  11. Appeal Procedures

Important things to know about establishing Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

  • A student who comes to Florida to enroll full-time in a state institution of higher learning as an out-of-state resident and continuously enrolls will not normally meet the Florida residency requirements for in-state tuition, regardless of the length of time enrolled.
  • Simply living in the state of Florida for a 12 month period or longer and/or attending school in Florida does not automatically result in qualification for in-state residency.
  • To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes you must be a U.S citizen, permanent resident alien, a legal alien granted indefinite stay by Homeland Security, or qualify under one the of the special categories outlined on the Qualifications by Exception page .
  • Documents supporting a student's claim for Florida residency must be dated, issued or filed at least 12 months before the first day of the semester for which residency is being sought.
  • Students who are dependent on out-of-state parents are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.
  • Residence in the state of Florida must be for the purpose of establishing a permanent home and not merely incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education.
  • A marriage license/certificate is required in all cases where a spouse is claiming residency on their partner's behalf.
  • Leases and employment verification show physical presence only. Additional information is required to show legal ties to the state of Florida in order to qualify for residency.
  • Retaining legal ties to any state other than Florida is considered evidence that can disqualify a student from being considered as a bona fide resident of Florida. Example: having a license from another state is considered a legal tie to a state other than Florida.
 Last Modified 11/8/16