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Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

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

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. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.

Undocumented students and students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) do not qualify for Florida Residency, but can apply for an out-of-state waiver


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

8 Things You Should Know

Residency Determination for Tuition Purposes

  1. 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.
  2. Living in Florida for a year or longer DOES NOT automatically qualify you for in-state tuition (Florida residency).
  3. Under Florida law, there is a difference between being a "Florida Resident" and being a "Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes."
  4. 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.
  5. Two forms of supporting documentation (for example, driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration card) MUST be dated 12 COMPLETE MONTHS prior to the first day of classes for the requested residency classification term.
  6. 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.
  7. Evidence that you are the financial dependent of an out-of-state resident MAY DISQUALIFY you from Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes.
  8. Financial hardship CANNOT be considered in the determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes.