Florida Gulf Coast University
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-7988
Fax: (239) 590-7843
Toll Free: (800) 590-3428
option 6, extension 7988
Every incoming graduate student in the state of Florida must submit a Residency Classification form. This will establish your status as a Florida Resident or Non-Florida Resident for tuition purposes.
Note: The Information for Residency Classification form is included in the online and paper application. Only students who left this portion of their application blank need to submit this form.
Once term registration has closed, changes to residency status are not permitted.
Applicants claiming Florida residency must prove that their physical Florida residency began at least 12 months before the start of classes for the semester they are applying for. We prefer to verify residency using a driver's license AND car or voter registration information (all must be at least 12 months old). For a full list of acceptable documents and more information, please visit the Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes website.
Dependents: Applicants claiming residency as a dependent must have a parent/other complete the form and provide a copy of their most recent tax return, which must list the applicant as a dependent. Residency must be verified using only one person's documents. Note: Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree students can claim residency as an independent even if they are a dependent on their parents' taxes IF they can prove at least 12 months residency with their own two IDs.
If you have any questions about your status as a Florida resident, please e-mail us.