All students who wish to claim Florida residency for tuition paying purposes must complete the residency declaration for tuition purposes form as part of the application for admission process. Depending upon the review of your declaration, additional documentation may be required to support your claim of residency for tuition purposes.
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.
All declarations and supporting documentation should be delivered to:
Florida State University
Office of Admissions
A2500 University Center
282 Champions Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
An individual who was initially classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes may become eligible for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes. Reclassification requires an individual, or the parent or legal guardian of a dependent person, to present clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residence in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months rather than temporary residence for the purpose of pursuing an education. 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.
Documents supporting the establishment of residency for tuition purposes must be dated, issued, or filed 12 months prior to the first day of classes of the term for which reclassification is sought. All documentation is subject to verification. You should submit as much evidence of your Florida residency as possible. No single piece of documentation will be considered conclusive and the burden of proof is on the student to show: (1) residency in Florida for the requisite 12 month period; and (2) residency in the state was not merely temporary or incident to enrolling in a college or university located in Florida.
It is recommended that you submit as many required documents as possible to justify your claim of Florida residency for tuition purposes; however, no claim of residency will be valid without at least one of the following documents and at least three documents total.
It is recommended that you submit as many supporting documents as possible to justify your claim of Florida residency for tuition purposes. While all documents are important, the most critical to obtain is the Declaration of Domicile. The Declaration of Domicile is available from the Clerk of Courts in the County Court House of the Florida County in which you reside. Please note: No claim of residency will be valid without at least two required documents and at least three documents total.
Any other documentation that supports the student's request for resident status, such as:
Please note: All residency reclassification requests are subject to Florida Statute 1009.21 and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.044 which was adopted by the Florida Board of Governors on September 6, 2006.
In accordance with Florida Statute 1009.26(12), students who do not meet the criteria to be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes may request an out-of-state tuition fee waiver. To qualify for this waiver, the student must have attended a Florida secondary school for three consecutive years immediately preceding high school graduation, and the student must apply for enrollment to a state university or Florida College System institution within 24 months of high school graduation. The waiver does not constitute a change in the student's designated residency status.