Students will be admitted to HCC as non-Florida residents until documentation to prove Florida Residency is submitted. A Florida Resident Tuition Discount is available for students classified as in-state Florida residents.
Steps to Prove Florida Residency
1. Determine if You Qualify
An In-State Florida Resident is:
"An independent person who or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has maintained legal residency in Florida for at least 12 months preceding the first day of the semester."
To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, you must be one of the following:
- A U.S. citizen
- A permanent resident alien
- A legal alien granted indefinite stay by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Qualifying nonimmigrant visa classification that grants the legal ability to establish residency in the United States (a foreign national in a nonimmigrant visa classification that grants you the legal ability to establish a bona fide domicile in the United States).
For additional situations that may classify you as a Florida Resident see our FAQ. For qualification exceptions please use this link.
Please Note: 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.