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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a "Florida resident for tuition purposes"?
  2. Which residency declaration should I submit?
  3. If I am not a Florida resident for tuition purposes will I pay more for my classes?
  4. What is a dependent/independent student?
  5. I live in Florida and I am a U.S.Citizen, but my parents are undocumented. Can I still qualify for in-state tuition?
  6. I am an undocumented student who is graduating from a Florida high school. Can I be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes?
  7. If my family owns a house/condominium in Florida, can I be considered a resident?
  8. What if I've lived in, or attended a school in, Florida in the past?
  9. If I live in Georgia near the Florida/Georgia border, can I qualify for Florida residency?
  10. Why do I have to prove that I'm a Florida resident if I graduated from a Florida High School?
  11. What if I just renewed my Driver's License, Voter Registration, and/or Vehicle Registration?

1. What is a "Florida resident for tuition purposes"? Under Florida law, being a legal Florida resident does not automatically qualify you for in-state tuition.

A "Florida resident for tuition purposes" is a person who has, or a dependent person whose parent, legal guardian, or spouse has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve months prior to the first day of the term. Please Note: Students, who depend on out-of-state parents for support, are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.

2. Which residency declaration should I submit? All claimants for Florida residency for tuition purposes must submit a residency declaration for tuition purposes form. New and readmission applicants should complete the residency declaration at the time of application for admission/readmission.

Currently enrolled students who were initially classified as nonresidents for tuition purposes and now wish to seek reclassification to Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes must submit a Residency Reclassification Form.

3. If I am not a Florida resident for tuition purposes will I pay more for my classes? Students who are not Florida residents for tuition purposes will be assessed an out of state fee. This fee will make the tuition bill for an undergraduate out of state student approximately 3 1/2 times higher than the tuition bill for an undergraduate Florida resident. The graduate tuition bill for an out of state student is approximately 2 1/2 times higher than the graduate tuition bill for a Florida resident.

4. What is a dependent/independent student? The determination of dependent or independent student status is important because it is the basis for whether the student has to submit his/her own documentation for residency (as an independent) or his/her parent's or guardian's documentation of residency (as a dependent).

Independent Student. A student who meets any of the following criteria shall be classified as an independent student for the determination of residency for tuition purposes:

  1. The student is 24 years of age prior to the start of the term for which residency is sought;
  2. The student is married;
  3. The student has children and/or other dependents who receive more than half of their support from the student;
  4. The student is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training;
  5. Both of the student's parents are deceased or the student is or was (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court;
  6. The student is working on a master's or doctoral degree during the term for which residency status is sought at a Florida institution;
  7. The student is classified as independent by the FSU Office of Financial Aid.

A student who does not meet any of the criteria outlined above may be classified as an independent student only if he or she submits documentation that he or she provides fifty (50) percent or more of the cost of attendance for independent, in-state students as defined by the Office of Financial Aid at Florida State University (exclusive of federal, state, and institutional aid or scholarships).

Dependent Student.

All other students who do not meet the above definition of an independent student shall be classified as dependent students for the determination of residency for tuition purposes.

5. I live in Florida and I am a U.S.Citizen, but my parents are undocumented. Can I still qualify for in-state tuition? Yes. A dependent child may not be denied classification as a Florida resident for tuition purposes based solely upon the immigration status of his or her parent.

6. I am an undocumented student who is graduating from a Florida high school. Can I be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes? No, however, you may be eligible for a waiver of the out of state fee. Eligibility for the waiver is determined based upon evidence of attendance at a Florida secondary school for three consecutive years immediately prior to graduation and application for admission to an institution of higher education within 24 months of high school graduation. The Office of Admissions actively works to provide waivers to known DACA students and those foreign nationals who do not indicate their legal status on the application for admission, so you are encouraged to contact them after your admission to determine your eligibility for the waiver.

7. If my family owns a house/condominium in Florida, can I be considered a resident for tuition purposes? Home ownership does not automatically qualify you for Florida residency for tuition purposes. 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. Owning property in Florida, while residing in another state, will not of its own merit meet residency requirements.

8. What if I've lived in, or attended a school in, Florida in the past? To be considered a "Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes" you must prove through official and/or legal documents that you or the claimant have established bona fide domicile in the state of Florida for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought. You do not receive credit for any time that you spent in the state in prior years.

9. If I live near the Florida border, can I qualify for Florida residency? No. Living near the state of Florida does not grant the student residency for tuition purposes. However, active duty military personnel and their dependents stationed within 50 miles of the Florida border may claim residency based on the official military orders. Official documentation is subject to evaluation and verification.

10. Why do I have to prove that I'm a Florida resident if I graduated from a Florida High School? Just graduating from a Florida high school is not sufficient proof of Florida residency for tuition purposes. As examples, you might live in another state and be attending a Florida school as a boarding student in a private school; or you may have moved from another state during your senior year and have less than the requisite 12 months required for residency for tuition purposes. You must still submit the appropriate documentation to prove your bona fide domicile in the state of Florida for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought.

11. What if I just renewed my Driver's License, Voter Registration, and/or Vehicle Registration? If your documentation was recently renewed in accordance with state policy/regulation, you may submit the original date of issue on the residency declaration. However, you may be asked to provide additional documentation to verify the dates you report.