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New and returning graduate students should view Initial Classification  

Current graduate students should view Residency Reclassification

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

General Guidelines

A Florida “resident for tuition purposes” is a person who has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has, established and maintained legal residency in Florida for at least twelve months. Residence in Florida must be as a bona fide domicile rather than for the purpose of maintaining a residence incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education. To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, you must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Other persons not meeting the twelve-month legal residence requirement may be considered as Florida residents for tuition purposes only if they fall within one of the exception categories authorized by the Florida Legislature and State Board of Education. All other persons are ineligible for classification as a Florida “resident for tuition purposes.” Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence. 

  • Residency for Tuition Purposes criteria are established by Florida law and regulations established by the Florida Board of Governors. The University of North Florida CANNOT waive State/BOG criteria for ANY reason.
  • Living in Florida for a year or longer DOES NOT automatically qualify you for Florida residency for tuition purposes.
  • Under Florida law, there is a difference between being a "Florida Resident" and being 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 permanently moved to Florida and have had a physical presence in the state for a minimum of twelve months. You will not be approved if you are merely living in Florida to attend school.
  • Supporting documentation MUST be dated 12 COMPLETE MONTHS prior to the first day of classes for the requested residency classification term.
  • Personal justifications for documents not meeting the 12-month requirement CANNOT be considered. For example: "I have one now, but I did not get a driver's license when I moved here a year ago because..." CANNOT be considered.
  • Financial hardship CANNOT be considered in the determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes.
  • Graduate students are automatically considered INDEPENDENT for Florida residency for tuition purposes.

For more information and for official state guidelines, please visit the Florida Shines website.


All documentation must be submitted to the Graduate School. Please include your full name and student N# when submitting documentation. If submitting a photograph of a document taken with a phone, please send using the highest quality option. 


Email documentation to with "Residency" in the subject line; or deliver to our office:

The Graduate School

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive, Bldg 1, Suite 2000

Jacksonville, Florida 32224


  • The deadline to submit documents for initial residency classification and for residency reclassification is always the last working day 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.