If an applicant qualifies for a statutory residency exception or qualification, then appropriate documentation must be submitted to evidence entitlement to that exception or qualification. Such evidence is generally specific to the type of residency exception or qualification being claimed by the applicant.
If an applicant does not qualify for a statutory residency exception or qualification and is not an "All-Florida" student, they will have to submit documentation that they (or a parent or legal guardian if a dependent) has been a Florida resident for at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes for which the student is enrolling. At least two of the following documents must be submitted, with dates that evidence the 12-month qualifying period. At least one of the documents must be from the First Tier. As some evidence is more persuasive than others, more than two may be requested. No single piece of documentation will be considered conclusive. Additionally, there must be an absence of information that contradicts the applicant's claim of residency.
First Tier (at least one of the two documents submitted must be from this list)
- Florida Driver's license
- Florida voter registration card
- Florida vehicle registration
- A State of Florida identification card
- Proof of purchase of a permanent home in Florida which is occupied as a primary residence by the individual or by the individual's parents if the individual is a dependent child
- Proof of homestead exemption in Florida
- Transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years (if Florida high school diploma or GED was earned within last 12 months)
- Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida (one or more jobs for at least 30 hours per week for a 12-month period)
Second Tier (may be used in conjunction with one document from First Tier)
Unacceptable Documents (may not be used)
- Hunting/fishing licenses
- Library cards
- Shopping club/rental cards
- Birth certificate
The evidentiary requirement for reclassification goes beyond that for an initial classification, because these individuals have previously been determined to be out-of-state residents. 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, or his or her parent if that individual is a dependent child, supports permanent residency in this state for 12 consecutive months. The individual, or his or her parent if that individual is a dependent child, must present documentation that substantiates residency in this state 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.
Therefore, the burden of proof is on the student to show: (1) residency in Florida for the requisite 12-month period; and (2) residency in the state was not merely temporary or incident to enrolling in a college or university located in Florida. Documentation for meeting the first requirement of reclassification is the same as for initial classification. Additional evidence or documentation may be required for meeting the second requirement of reclassification. Examples of evidence that may substantiate residency in this state for the purpose of maintaining a bona fide domicile may include:
- Student (or parent/legal guardian if dependent) is not enrolled full time in a Florida higher education institution during the previous 12 months.
- Student (or parent/legal guardian if dependent) has maintained a full-time permanent job in Florida during the previous 12 months. Full-time employment is considered one or more permanent jobs for a minimum of 30 hours a week.
- Student (or parent/legal guardian if dependent) was transferred to a full-time permanent job in Florida prior to initial enrollment as confirmed on corporate or organizational letterhead.
- Student (or parent/legal guardian if dependent) has an immediate relative (i.e., parent or child) who is currently living in Florida and who has resided in this state for the previous 12 months.
- Student (or parent/legal guardian if dependent) has purchased a home in Florida as primary residence (evidenced by a homestead exemption) prior to initial enrollment.
- Student (or parent/legal guardian if dependent) has received a military discharge and established residency in Florida prior to initial enrollment.
- Student (or parent/legal guardian if dependent) received social service benefits (e.g., disability) from the State of Florida during the previous 12 months.
- Student (or parent/legal guardian if dependent) lost their house or other domicile in another state due to severe natural disaster or crisis resulting in a state of emergency (e.g., hurricane or earthquake) that occurred prior to initial enrollment.