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Every incoming graduate student must establish status as a Florida resident or non-Florida
resident for tuition purposes. Once term registration has closed, changes to residency
status are not permitted.
U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and certain non-U.S. citizens may be classified
as a Florida resident for tuition purposes provided legal residence has been established
in the state for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day
of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought.
Residency documents are not required to complete an admissions application, but timely
submission of residency documents is encouraged so residency classification can be
All applicants are considered non-Florida residents until satisfactory proof of Florida
residency is received. Failure to provide all relevant information and required documentation
could result in a non-Florida resident classification for tuition purposes. All documentation
must be submitted prior to the last day of the drop/add period for the term in which
resident status is sought.
Students must supply two documents to support their claim of Florida residency. At
least one of the two documents submitted must be from the First Tier Residency Documents
List. The second document may be from the Second Tier List.
One document may be from this list as long as the other document is from the First
Tier Residency Document list.
Florida professional or occupational license
Documents evidencing family ties in Florida
Proof of membership in Florida-based charitable or professional organizations
Any other documentation that supports the student's request for resident status
Utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payment
Lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payment
State or court documents evidencing legal ties to Florida
No contrary evidence establishing residence elsewhere
Documentation of dependent/independent status (copy of most recent IRS tax return).
Federal Income tax returns filed by resident(s) of a state other than Florida disqualify
the student for in-state tuition, unless:
The student's parents are divorced, separated or otherwise living apart and either
parent is a legal resident of Florida, or
The student becomes a legal resident and is married to a person who has been a legal
resident for the required 12 months period, or
The student is a member of the Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Florida, or
a spouse or dependent, or
The student is a member of the full-time instructional or administrative staff of
a state public school, community college or university in Florida, or a spouse or
The student is a dependent and has lived five years with an adult relative who has
established legal residence in Florida.
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.