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|FLORIDA RESIDENCY FOR TUITION PURPOSES
To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, the student (dependent or independent) must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident alien, or a legal alien granted indefinite stay by U.S. Immigration, and must have established physical and legal residence in Florida for a least one year. Students who do not meet this basic criteria cannot be classified as residents for tuition purposes. Questions regarding residency status upon application and readmission to UWF should be directed to the Office of Admissions. Questions regarding a change in residency status for currently enrolled students should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
Change of Residency Status
Change of Residency or reclassification procedures apply to any student who attended UWF whithin the last three semesters and is requesting a change to his or her residency status. A student who has been enrolled, while classified as a "non-Florida resident for tuition purposes" and wishes to be considered for reclassification as a "Florida resident for tuition purposes," should file with the Office of the Registrar a "Request for Change of Residency" form, with copies of full documentation attached. The request and documentation must be submitted one week prior to the first day of classes for any given semester.
This request for reclassification is also required for students who are active duty or discharged members of the Armed Forces who wish to change from non-Florida or temporary Florida resident to Florida resident status.
Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence; e.g., full-time students working part-time jobs may have difficulty in establishing residency. Residency in Florida must be for the purpose of establishing a permanent home and not merely incidental to enrollment at an institution of higher education. University residence halls, fraternities, sororities, scholarship houses, and other UWF campus addresses are not permanent addresses for residency purposes. The burden of proof of permanent residence lies with the student.
Students who depend on out-of-state parent(s) or guardian(s) for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents or guardians. These students will not be reclassified as Florida residents for tuition purposes.
In addition to being a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by INS, a student must provide the following documentation one week prior to the first day of classes for any given semester: