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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

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:

Applicants who have been accepted to an FAU Graduate Degree Program may submit residency documents by clicking the button below:


Please contact gcresidency@fau.edu for more information or if you have difficulty accessing the residency portal.

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.

Students who are non-U.S. 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.

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.

Residency Email: gcresidency@fau.edu
Residency Phone: 561-297-1380

 Last Modified 3/8/21