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Residency Reclassification for Graduate Students

An individual who is initially classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes may become eligible for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes only if that individual supports permanent residency in this state for 12 consecutive months. The individual must present documentation that substantiates residency in Florida is 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 at an institution of higher education.

Residency reclassification requests are subject to Florida statute 1009.21, University of North Florida policy and State Board of Education rule 6A-10.044 which was adopted by the Florida Board of Governors on September 6, 2006. The instructions below do not compromise a comprehensive statement regarding residency reclassification. Refer to the FloridaShines web site for state guidelines on residency reclassification. 

  • The burden of proof is on the student to provide clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residency in Florida for at least 12 months rather than residency for the purpose of pursuing an education.
  • Living in Florida for a year or longer does not automatically qualify you for in-state tuition as Florida law distinguishes between a "Florida Resident" and a "Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes."
  • Ties to another state or country will result in a denial of a residency reclassification application.
  • Students may only apply for residency reclassification for an upcoming semester. Requests for retroactive residency will not be considered unless there was a University error which resulted in an incorrect residency designation for a prior term.


  • Download the Residency Reclassification Application and thoroughly read the instructions. Please ensure that all sections of the application are complete before submission.   
  • Copies of all documentation is required before a decision can be rendered.
  • As documentation is reviewed, additional requests for documentation or clarifying statements may be sent to the student. Monitor your email closely to ensure you receive all communication regarding your reclassification application.
  • No single piece of documentation will be considered conclusive.
  • The deadline to turn in all required documentation is the last working day before the first week of classes of the term for which you are applying for residency.
  • Students are encouraged to contact One-Stop Student Services for questions regarding how reclassification will affect financial aid.