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Admissions & Records

Florida Residency

Important Reminder

Students who are eligible for Florida residency for tuition purposes pay a much lower tuition rate. See the current rates.

For students who fail to submit documentation and still register for classes, tuition will be charged at the out-of-state rate.

If your request for Florida Residency and the necessary documentation is not received prior to the Proof of Florida Residency Deadline as listed in the Important Dates and Deadlines calendar, your residency will be processed for the next available term.

Dependent vs. Independent Students

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). Parent means one or both of the parents of a student, any guardian of a student or any person in a parental relationship to a student.

  • Independent Students
  • Dependent

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

  • You are 24 years of age or older prior to the Proof of Florida Residency Deadline listed in the Academic Calendar.
  • You are married. (Copy of marriage certificate required.)
  • You have a child who lives with you and receives their support from you. (Copy of most recent federal tax return listing the child as your dependent required.)
  • You have other dependents who live with you and receive their support from you. (Copy of most recent federal tax return listing the person(s) as your dependent required.)
  • You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. (Copies of military documents required.)
  • Your parents are deceased and you are, or were until age 18, a ward of the court. (Copies of court documents required.)

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 (exclusive of federal, state, and institutional aid or scholarships).

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

 
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