The Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes Policy is based upon state statute, rules of the two higher education governing boards in Florida, and statewide guidelines developed by college and university administrators in conjunction with the Statewide Residency Committee and the Florida Department of Education. Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, outlines the broad legal parameters for establishing residency for tuition purposes in Florida public higher education institutions. It is the highest level of authority regarding residency as established by the Florida Legislature. This statute also provides authority for the Department of Education to establish rules related to residency for tuition purposes.
At Florida State University there are four offices responsible for the review of residency for tuition purposes: the Office of Admissions, College of Law, College of Medicine Admissions, and the Office of the University Registrar. The first three offices determine residency for all first-time-on-campus students; the Office of the University Registrar is the only office to which students can apply for reclassification of residency once they are enrolled. First-time-on-campus or readmitted students will be classified in accordance with the information on their applications, including the "Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes". The University reserves the right to request additional information if warranted. Students who are denied the classification of Florida resident for tuition purposes have the right of appeal. The appeal must be based upon new information that was not made available during the initial review. All appeals must be in writing to the Residency Appeal Committee, care of the Office of Admissions. They should be made as soon as possible after receipt of the initial decision and no later than the end of the term for which Florida residency for tuition purposes is desired. All appeals will be reviewed by the Residency Appeal Committee and Committee decisions are final.
For the full text of Florida Statute, Section 1009.21:
For the full text of State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.044:
For the full text of State Board of Education Rule 6A-20.003:
For the full text of Board of Governors Residency Regulation 7.005:
A Residency Guidelines document was adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee to assist college and university administrators in implementing the Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes Policy. The guidelines are maintained by the Statewide Residency Committee which is comprised of residency experts from the state's public colleges and universities.
For the full text of the Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes:
Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes
A Florida resident is a student who has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has, established and maintained legal residency in Florida for at least twelve months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which residency is sought. Residence in Florida must be as 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, the student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or in legal status as determined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please note: Under Florida law it is possible for U.S. Citizens with undocumented parents/guardians, lawful Permanent Residents, and certain non-U.S. Citizens to be classified as Florida residents for tuition paying purposes. In addition, undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students who graduate from a Florida high school may qualify for a waiver of out of state tuition fees.
Other persons not meeting the twelve-month legal residency requirement may be considered as Florida residents for tuition purposes only if they fall within one of the exception categories authorized by the Florida Legislature and State Board of Education. 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 for tuition purposes. Each student shall submit a Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes form, electronically or in another format, and the documentation required to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes. The burden of providing clear and convincing documentation that justifies the University's classification of a student as a resident for tuition purposes rests with the student. For documentation to be "clear and convincing", it must be credible, trustworthy, and sufficient to persuade the University that the applicant has established legal residence in Florida. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.
Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, permits certain applicants who do not meet residency requirements to be classified as Florida residents for tuition purposes. Please note: Documentation in support of the following exceptions will be required. These exceptions and qualifications categories are as follows:
A non-U.S. citizen may be eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes if evidence is presented verifying that he or she is legally present in the United States, has met the residency requirements of Section 1009.21, F.S., and the person is one of the following: