Residency Information Details


Known Exceptions

According to Florida Statutes Section 1009.21 there are a handful of known exceptions.  The University of West Florida does require proper documentation is required:

  • The dependent’s parents are divorced, separated or otherwise living apart and either parent (even if not claiming the student) is a legal resident of Florida for the required 12-month period.
  • The student becomes a legal resident (FL driver's license, voter registration, domicile, etc. established and maintained less than the 12-month period) and is married to a person who has been a legal resident for the required 12 months period.
  • The student is a member of the Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Florida, or a spouse or dependent.
  • The student is a member of the full-time instructional or administrative staff of a state public school, community college or university in Florida, or a spouse or dependent thereof.
  • The student is a dependent and has lived five years with an adult relative who has established legal residence in Florida for the required 12-month period.

Independent or Dependent for Residency Classification

Determining dependent or independent status provides the basis for whether the student or the parent/guardian submits documentation for residency determination.  Any one of the following criteria, would permit a student to be classified as an independent for the determination of Florida residency for tuition purposes:

  • The student is 24 years of age or older by the first day of classes of the term for which residency status is sought at a Florida institution.
  • If a student is younger than 24, who claim to be independent, they will need to provide proof of parent's / guardian's decision NOT to claim them as dependents to verify their independent status.
  • Married.
  • If a student is/was (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court.
  • The student has children who receive more than half of their support from you.
  • The student has other dependents that live with them and receive more than half of their support from you.
  • The student is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or is currently serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
  • Both of the student's parents are deceased.
  • The student is classified as an independent by the Financial Aid Office at UWF.

Evidence for any of the criteria will be requested.  If you do not meet one of the criteria outlined above, you may be classified as an independent student only with documentation that you provide fifty (50) percent or more of the cost of attendance for independent, in-state students as defined by the Financial Aid Office at UWF (exclusive of federal, state, and institutional aid or scholarships).

Any students who do not meet the above definition of an independent student shall be classified as dependent students for the determination of Florida residency for tuition purposes.

Residency Appeals Process

In cases where the applicant/student expresses a desire to appeal the residency classification decision and submit a formal residency appeal, the matter will be referred to the University Residency Appeals Committee through the Office of Enrollment Affairs. The appeal must be submitted in writing along with any additional supporting documentation. The Committee will review all information submitted with the appeal as well as previously submitted documents and related information in the student file.  The Residency Appeals Committee meets as needed, but no more than once a week. You will be notified in writing of the decision following the final review. The decision of the University Residency Appeals Committee is final.

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