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Palm trees in front of FGCU dormsEvery 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.

Once term registration has closed, changes to residency status are not permitted.

Florida Residents

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.

  • International Students do not qualify for in-state tuition.
  • USCIS Permanent Resident Cards or other documentation is required to prove legal US residency, but this does not prove Florida residency.
  • Social Security Cards, passports, property ownership, health insurance, vehicle insurance, and school and university ID cards do not prove Florida residency. Please see Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes for a list of acceptable documents.

If you have any questions about your status as a Florida resident, please e-mail us.