In accordance with Florida Statutes, Valencia College has established a residency appeals committee to consider student appeals of residency determinations. In cases where the applicant expresses a desire to appeal the residency classification, the matter will be referred to the appeals committee.
The residency appeal officer or committee will convey to the applicant the final residency determination and the reasons for the determination within 20 business days. The final residency determination will be provided to the student in writing.
Students who wish to appeal the classification of residency for tuition purposes should submit a written request citing the basis for the appeal. Copies of all documentation supporting the appeal for residency reclassification should be included with the request. The request and all supporting documentation can be submitted at any of the Valencia College Answer Center locations.
Effective July 1, 2014 [applicable for Fall 2014 and thereafter], House Bill 851 and House Bill 7015 [amended section (s.) 1009.26, Florida Statutes (F.S.), fee waivers] have been authorized to provide an out of state fee waiver based on the criteria below.
House Bill 851 – Out of state waiver
Attended a Florida high school for the last three consecutive years immediately before graduation from a Florida high school Submitted an official high school transcript providing evidence of high school attendance as listed above Submitted an admission application to a Florida College System or State University System institution within 24 months of high school graduation
House Bill 7015 – Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program
Honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard who physically resides in the state while enrolled in a Florida College System institution is eligible to receive the fee waiver.
Please note: Receipt of this out-of-state tuition waiver does NOT constitute classification as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. Students who receive this waiver remain classified as non-Florida residents for tuition purposes and are NOT eligible for state financial aid, including Bright Futures. Residency for tuition purposes must be determined before this waiver is applied (if all criteria above is met).
If one of the statutory exceptions below describes you, you qualify as a resident for tuition purposes without having to prove physical residency in Florida for the last 12 months. It does not matter if you are dependent or independent if you are claiming a statutory exception. Please complete a Residency Affidavit and required documents as outlined below before the first day of classes.
|Statutory Exceptions||Residency Affidavit||Required Documents|
|I am a qualified beneficiary under the terms of the Florida Pre-paid program.||Yes||Pre-paid Benefit Card|
|Another Florida public college or university has declared me as a resident for tuition purposes within the last 12 months.||Yes||Transcript indicating you were coded as RES and attendance at that institution within last 12 months.|
|I am married to a person who has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 months. I have established legal residence and intend to make Florida my permanent home.||Yes (completed by spouse)||Marriage certificate (two documents from spouse, one document from student* (does not have to be 12 months).|
|I am a full-time employee of a Florida public school, community college or institution of higher education, or I am the employee's spouse or dependent child.||Yes (completed by student)||Letter from the school verifying employment of the employee.|
|I am a full-time employee of a state agency or political subdivision of the state whose student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision, for the purpose of job-related law enforcement or corrections training.||Yes||Letter from corrections agency verifying employment and that fees are to be paid for the employee.|
|I am a member of the armed services of the United States or National Guard stationed in Florida on active duty pursuant to military orders, or whose home of record is Florida, or I am a member's spouse or dependent child.||Yes||Active duty orders, Form #DD2058, showing home of record and document that proves relationship to student.|
|Other: There are other, more obscure exceptions that may pertain to you. For a complete list, refer to Florida Statute 1009.21|
Exceptions for non-U.S. Citizens
A non-U.S. citizen may be eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes if evidence is presented verifying that he or she is legally present in the United States, has met the residency requirements of Section 1009.21, F.S., and the person is one of the following:
- A foreign national in a nonimmigrant visa classification that grants the person the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in the United States according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- A permanent resident alien, parolee, asylee, Cuban-Haitian entrant, or other legal alien granted an indefinite stay in the United States. The student, and parent if the student is a dependent, must present evidence of legal presence in the United States.