Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes Policy
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.
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Section 1009.21, Florida Statute
In 2005, the State Board of Education and the Board of Governors for the State University System adopted an identical residency rule. This rule was forwarded for consideration by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC). The Statewide Residency Committee, a subcommittee of the ACC, proposes changes to this rule based on feedback from community colleges, universities, and independent institutions. The residency rule provides more detail than statute regarding the process and requirements for residency. However, it may not conflict with any of the broader requirements in statute. The State Board of Education also has a rule related to Florida residency as a requirement for the receipt of state student aid.
Click link below for the full text of State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.044:
Click link below for the full text of the Board of Governors Residency Regulation 7.005:
Click link below for the full text of State Board of Education Rule 6A-20.003:
A Residency Guidelines document was adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee to assist college and university administrators in implementing Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes; Rules 6A-10.044 and 6A-20.003, Florida Administrative Code; and the Board of Governors (BOG) Residency Regulation. The guidelines are maintained by the Statewide Residency Committee which is comprised of residency experts from the state's public colleges and universities.
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Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes
Basic Definition of Residency for Tuition Purposes
A Florida resident for tuition purposes is a U.S. citizen who has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has, established and maintained legal residency in Florida for at least the 12 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, you must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Other persons not meeting the twelve-month legal residence 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. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.