Registration and Records
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. bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services,
and must have established physical and legal residence in Florida for at 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 within 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. An individual must be able to demonstrate that his/her activities in
Florida during the qualifying period are not primarily student related.
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
DETERMINATION OF DEPENDENT OR INDEPENDENT STATUS
The determination of dependent or independent status is important because it is
the basis for whether the student has to submit his/her own documentation of
residency (as an independent) or his/her parent?s or guardian?s documentation of
residency (as a dependent). The following definitions are provided in rule:
Independent Student. A student who meets any one of the following criteria shall
be classified as an independent student for the determination of residency for
- 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;
- The student is married;
- The student has children who receive more than half of their support from the
- The student has other dependents who live with and receive more than half of
their support from the student;
- 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
- Both of the student?s parents are deceased or the student is or was (until
age 18) a ward/dependent of the court;
- The student is working on a master?s or doctoral degree during the term for
which residency status is sought at a Florida institution; or
- The student is classified as an independent by the financial aid office at
Evidence that the student meets one of these criteria will be requested by the
higher education institution.
A student who does not meet one of the criteria outlined above may be classified
as an independent student only if he or she submits documentation that he or she
provides fifty (50) percent or more of the cost of attendance for independent,
in-state students as defined by the financial aid office at the institution
(exclusive of federal, state, and institutional aid or scholarships).
Dependent Student. All other students who do not meet the above definition of an
independent student shall be classified as dependent students for the
determination of residency 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:
- Documentation of independent status (petitioners required to evidence their
independent status will be required to submit a copy of their current IRS return
as well as their parents? current IRS return to establish they are not claimed
as dependents), or
Documentation of dependent status and documentation that your parent, legal
guardian (court appointed), or adult relative (resided with for 5 years), has
resided in the state of Florida for the previous 12 months with the intent of
establishing a permanent home (requires copy of current IRS return from parent,
legal guardian or adult relative and the residency statement and supporting
documentation submitted will be that of the parent, etc.), or
Documentation of being the spouse of someone who has resided in the state of
Florida for the previous 12 months with the intent of establishing a permanent
home (requires the marriage certificate, the residency statement and supporting
documentation of the spouse, plus a photo copy of the student?s Florida driver?s
license, voter registration, or vehicle registration); and
- Documentation establishing legal residence in Florida (must be dated at least
one year prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which resident
status is sought):
- Proof of purchase of a permanent home in Florida in which the student has
resided for at least one year prior to the first day of classes, or
- Proof that the student has maintained residence in Florida for the preceding
year (e.g., rent receipts, canceled checks or notarized statement from a
- Documentation establishing bona fide domicile in Florida which is not
temporary or merely incidental to enrollment in a Florida institution of higher
education must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of
the semester for which resident status is sought. The following documents will
be considered evidence of domicile even though no single criteria will be
considered as conclusive evidence of domicile:
- Florida voter registration,
- Florida driver?s license,
- Florida vehicle registration,
- Proof of real property ownership in Florida (e.g., deed, tax receipts),
- Florida occupational license,
- Declaration of Domicile,
- Letter on company letterhead from an employer verifying permanent employment
in Florida for the 12 consecutive months before classes begin,
- Proof of membership in or affiliation with community or State organizations
or significant connections to the State,
- Proof of reliance upon Florida sources of support, or
- Any other factors peculiar to the individual which tend to establish the
necessary intent to make Florida a permanent home and that the individual is a
bona fide Florida resident, including the age and general circumstances of the
- No contrary evidence establishing or maintaining residence elsewhere.
SPECIAL CATEGORIES FOR TEMPORARY FLORIDA RESIDENCY
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Florida and
their spouse and dependents.
- Full-time instructional or administrative employees of Florida public
schools, community colleges, or institutions of higher education and their
spouse and dependents.