Residency

Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

Policy regarding Florida residency for tuition purposes consists of several layers, including Florida Statutes, State Board of Education Rules, and statewide guidelines developed by college and university administrators in conjunction with the Statewide Residency Committee, the Florida Department of Education and the Board of Governors. All residency determinations are made at the Florida College System institution or state university level.

Florida Statutes

1009.21

Determination of resident status for tuition purposes. This statute outlines the broad legal parameters for establishing residency for tuition purposes in Florida public higher education ​institutions.

1009.40

General requirements for student eligibility for state financial aid awards and tuition assistance grants - Florida Public Student Assistance Grant; Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant; Florida Private Student Assistance Grant; Florida Postsecondary Student Assistance Grant, Florida Bright Futures Scholarship; Minority Teacher Education Scholars; Grants for teachers for Special Training in Exceptional Student Education; Jose Marti Scholarship hallenge Grant; Mary McLeod Bethune Scholarship; and Florida Work Experience.

State Board of Education Rules

6A-10.044​​

Residency for Tuition Purposes. The purpose of this rule is to establish consistent policies for the classification of students as residents for tuition purposes in accordance with criteria set forth in Section 1009.21, F.S. This rule addresses both the initial and residency reclassification determinations.​

6A-20.003

Florida Residency as a Requirement for the Receipt of State Student Aid. Students that attend a Florida postsecondary educational institution must show eligibility to receive funds from state student financial assistance programs by proving Florida residency as outlined in 1009.21, F.S.​​

Out-of-State Fee Waiver for Select Florida High School Graduates

House Bill 851 amended s. 1009.26, Florida Statutes, Fee Waivers, to authorize an out-of-state fee waiver for select students who attended a high school in Florida. This legislation took effect on July 1, 2014, and is applicable for fall 2014 and thereafter. Review the Out-of-State Fee Waiver for Select High School Graduates Application for further information and eligibility criteria to determine if you may be eligible for this waiver.

Out-of-State Fee Waiver for Veterans

House Bill 7015 amended s. 1009.26, Florida Statutes, Fee Waivers, and created the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program. This legislation took effect on July 1, 2014, applicable for fall 2014 and thereafter, and authorized an out-of-state fee waiver for honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces, United States Reserve Forces or the National Guard who physically resides in Florida. Review the Out-of-State Fee Waiver for Veterans Application for further information and eligibility criteria to determine if you may be eligible for this waiver.

Additional Documents

The following documents will help provide additional information related to claiming Florida residency for tuition purposes.