Florida Law

In the determination of resident status for tuition purposes, it is the policy of the University of North Florida to follow laws of the State of Florida as well as regulations and policy guidelines established by the Florida Board of Governors. The policy on residency status for tuition purposes as adopted by the University of North Florida can be read in full at F.S. Chapter 1009.21 and at the Florida Board of Governors Resolution dated April 21, 2005.

General Guidelines

  • Florida state statute Section 1009.21 defines the requirements for in-state status. Generally a person is considered a Florida resident for the purpose of paying taxes, voting or other legal purposes after residing in the state for a designated length of time.  
  • As provided by Section 1009.21(2)(a)2, F.S., it is imperative that the required 12 month qualifying period be for the purpose of maintaining a bona fide domicile rather than for the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education. 
  • The student who comes to Florida to enroll full-time in a Florida higher education institution as an out-of-state resident and continuously enrolls in a Florida institution will not normally meet the Florida residency requirement for in-state tuition regardless of the length of time enrolled. 
  • Under Florida law, there is a difference between being a “Florida Resident” and being a “Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes.” Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence for tuition purposes.  
  • Living in Florida for a year or longer DOES NOT automatically qualify you as a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes. To be considered a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes, you must prove through official and/or legal documents that you have established permanent residence in Florida and are not merely living in Florida temporarily or incidental to attending college. 
  • To qualify as a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes, you must submit documentation that you have been a Florida resident with physical and legal presence for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes of the semester of enrollment.  Information provided from at least two documents must be submitted with dates that evidence the 12 month qualifying period.
  • Proof of residency must be clear and convincing; therefore, additional documentation may be required to satisfy this qualification.  Additionally, there must be an absence of information that contradicts your claim of residency (Ex. Driver's license from a state other than Florida). 

All documentation must be submitted to the Graduate School. Please include your full name and student N# when submitting documentation.


Email: with "Residency" in the subject line



(904) 620-1362



University of North Florida

The Graduate School

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224


Campus location: 

J.J. Daniel Hall, Building 1, Suite 2000


  • The deadline to submit documents for initial residency classification and for residency reclassification is always the last working Friday before classes begin for the term you are seeking to classify as a Florida resident.
  • The deadline to submit an Enrollment Services Appeal to appeal a residency decision is two weeks prior to the end of the term you are seeking to classify as a Florida resident.
Term   Initial Classification  Reclassification 
Spring 2018 January 5, 2018          January 5, 2018
Summer 2018    May 8, 2018  May 8, 2018

New and returning graduate students should view: Initial Classification

Current graduate students should view: Reclassification