PROOF OF RESIDENCY FOR TUITION PURPOSES

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 residency in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought. Residence in Florida must be a bona fide domicile rather than for the purpose of maintaining a residence incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education.

  • To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, you must be a U.S. citizen, a foreign national in a nonimmigrant visa classification that grants you the legal ability to establish a bona fide domicile in the United States, a permanent resident alien, parolee, asylee, Cuban-Haitian entrant, legal alien granted indefinite stay by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or other qualified alien as defined under federal law. Other persons not meeting the twelve-month legal residence requirements 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 pursuant to section 1009.21, Florida Statutes (see “Qualification by Exception” below). 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 upon out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.

    • Residency for tuition purposes requires the establishment of legal ties to the state of Florida. A student must verify that the student has broken ties to other states if the student or, in the case of a dependent student, his or her parent has moved from another state.

QUALIFICATION AS A FLORIDA RESIDENT

To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, as defined by s. 1009.21, Florida Statutes, it will be necessary to present evidence of residency for tuition purposes. Students must meet one of the qualifications below:

Independent student – meet one of the following criteria:

  • At least 24 years old
  • Provide more than 50% of your own support
  • Married
  • A graduate or professional student
  • A ward of the court
  • A veteran or member of the armed forces
  • Someone with legal dependents other than a spouse

There may be limited cases where a person under the age of 24 years old may qualify as an independent student. Such students will be required to verify independence (including financial independence.) A copy of your tax return may be requested to establish independence.
YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN DOCUMENTS FOR RESIDENCY VERIFICATION.

Dependent student (as defined by s. 1009.21(1)(a) Florida Statutes) - eligible to be claimed as a dependent under the federal income tax code. The claimant must be the student’s “parent” as defined by s. 1009.21(1)(f), Florida Statutes, (i.e., either or both parents of the student, any guardian of a student, or any person in a parental relationship to the student). A copy of the parent’s tax return may be requested to establish dependence.
YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR PARENT’S DOCUMENTS FOR RESIDENCY VERIFICATION.

Qualification by Exception:
Qualified beneficiary under the terms of the Florida Prepaid College Program (s. 1009.98, Florida Statutes.) (Required: Copy of Florida Prepaid Recipient card.) 

  • Married to a person who has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least the past 12 consecutive months. (Required:copy of marriage certificate and/or other documents required to establish residency.) 
  • Previously enrolled at a Florida state postsecondary institution and classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. I am transferring to another Florida state postsecondary institution within 12 months of the previous enrollment. (Required: Evidence of previous enrollment as a FL resident) 
  • Previously enrolled at a Florida state postsecondary institution and classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. I abandoned my Florida domicile less than 12 months ago and am now re-establishing Florida legal residence.
  • Active duty members of the Armed Services of the United States residing in this state and their spouses and dependent children, and active drilling members of the Florida National Guard. (Required: Copy of military orders or DD2058 showing home of record.) 
  • Active duty members of the Armed Services of the United States and their spouses and dependents attending a Florida College System institution or state university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed, if such military establishment is within a county contiguous to Florida. (Required: Copy of military orders.) 
  • 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. (Required: Copy of marriage certificate or proof of dependency.)  
  • Full-time instructional and administrative personnel employed by state public schools and institutions of higher education and their spouses and dependent children. (Required: Employment Verification) 
  • Students from Latin America and the Caribbean who receive scholarships from the federal or state government. Any student classified pursuant to this paragraph shall attend, on a full-time basis, a Florida institution of higher education. (Required: proof of scholarship and Latin America or Caribbean residency.) 
  • Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market graduate students attending Florida’s state universities. (Required: Certification letter from State Academic Common Market Coordinator.) 
  • 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. (Required: Employment verification/payment agreement). 
  • McKnight Doctoral Fellows and Finalists who are United States citizens. (Required: Verification from graduate studies.) 
  • United States citizens living outside the United States who are teaching at a Department of Defense Dependent School or in an American International School and who enroll in a graduate level education program which leads to a Florida teaching certificate. (Required: Proof of enrollment in graduate program for FL teaching certificate.) 
  • Active duty members of the Canadian military residing or stationed in this state under the North American Air Defense (NORAD) agreement, and their spouses and dependent children, attending a Florida College System institution or state university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed. (Required: Proof of active duty membership for specified purpose.) 
  • Active duty members of a foreign nation’s military who are serving as liaison officers and are residing or stationed in this state, and their spouses and dependent children, attending a Florida College System institution or state university within 50 miles of the military establishment where the foreign liaison officer is stationed. (Required: Proof of active duty membership for specified purpose.)

DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE

Per s. 1009.21(3)(c), Florida Statutes, the residency determination must be documented by the submission of written or electronic verification that includes two or more of the documents identified below. No single piece of evidence shall be conclusive.

A. Claimant must provide at least one of the following of his/her personal documentation:

  • Florida Voter's registration card 
  • Florida Driver's license 
  • Florida State identification card 
  • Florida Vehicle registration 
  • Proof of permanent home in Florida occupied as primary residence for 12 consecutive months prior to the student’s enrollment. (Required: document such as a deed or other evidence of title to property used as primary residence, a homeowner’s policy, a title insurance policy, evidence of a property tax payment on the primary residence, multiple leases reflecting a Florida address, or a lease of multiple years’ duration.) 
  • Proof of a homestead exemption in Florida. (Required: document from the county tax collector demonstrating the application of a homestead exemption to the claimant’s primary residence.) 
  • Official transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years (2 or more years), if the Florida high school diploma or GED® was earned within the last 12 months. 
  • Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a 12-month period. (Required: pay stubs and/or verification from employers, and/or an IRS 1099 with verification of employment for the past 12 consecutive months from an employer.)

B. Claimant may provide one or more documents from the following categories to demonstrate residency in Florida (to be used in conjunction with one document from above):

  • Declaration of domicile in Florida in accordance with s. 222.17, Florida Statutes 
  • Florida professional or occupational license 
  • Florida incorporation 
  • Document evidencing family ties in Florida 
  • Proof of membership in a Florida-based charitable or professional organization 
  • Any other documentation that supports your 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.

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