Residency Reclassification

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.


Residency Reclassification Information

In accordance with S1009.21 Florida Statutes, Rules 6A-10.044 and 6A-20.003, Florida Administrative Code, and the Board of Governors Residency Regulation, the Office of the Registrar is required to adhere to specific procedures in making determinations for residency reclassification for students who were initially classified as non-Florida.‌

The burden of proof is on the applicant to present clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residency in this state for at least 12 months, rather than temporary residency for the purpose of pursuing an education.


A student who has been classified as a "non-resident for tuition purposes" at the time of initial application to the University and wishes to be considered for reclassification as a "Florida resident for tuition purposes" for a subsequent semester, shall file a "Request for Change of Residency Status" form, with copies of supporting documentation as requested therein (see Documentation page) to the Registrar's Office either in person (Building 18) or by mail to: Registrar's Office, UWF, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 31514-5750. Copies of the Request form (and other associated forms) are available from the Office of the Registrar or you may print a .pdf version of these forms listed below (as applicable).

Residency Reclassification Form 

Student Financial Statement

Undergraduate Final Budget


The information below is useful when determining whether or not to apply for reclassification. Students should also carefully review the information found in the University Catalog.

  • Living in Florida for a year or longer DOES NOT automatically qualify you for in-state tuition (Florida residency).
  • Under Florida law, there is a difference between being a “Florida Resident” and being a “Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes”.
  • To be considered a “Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes”, you must prove through official and/or legal documents that you have moved to Florida permanently and are not merely living in Florida temporarily while you attend UWF.
  • Despite the length of time you attend UWF, you may not qualify for “Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes”.

An applicant may not be eligible for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes, unless the applicant (or parent/legal guardian if claiming dependent status; or spouse if claiming marital status) presents clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residency in this state for at least 12 consecutive months rather than temporary residency for the purpose of pursuing an education, such as:
    • Non-enrollment at an institution of higher education (i.e. UWF) for the prior 12 month qualifying period (if claiming independent status) AND,
    • Full-time permanent employment for the prior 12 months AND,
    • Proof of a permanent home in Florida which has been occupied as a primary residence for the prior 12 months AND,
    • Establishment and maintenance of legal ties (i.e. Florida driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration) for the prior 12 months

OR

    • Non-enrollment at an institution of higher education (i.e. UWF) for the prior 12 month qualifying period (if claiming independent status) AND,
    • Purchase of a home in this state and residence therein for the prior 12 months AND,
    • Establishment and maintenance of legal ties (i.e. Florida driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration) for the prior 12 months

OR

  • Sufficient documentation demonstrating the establishment of a permanent residence prior to application and enrollment (may include, but not limited to):

 

    • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of Florida legal ties (i.e. driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration) prior to application and enrollment
    • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of permanent Florida employment prior to application and enrollment
    • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of permanent Florida home prior to application and enrollment
    • Less than full-time enrollment during 12 month qualifying period
    • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of specialized medical treatment in Florida prior to application and enrollment
    • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of Florida disability benefits prior to application and enrollment
    • Discharge from active duty military service (Florida as state of legal residence) and subsequent immediate move to Florida prior to application and enrollment

  • Full-time permanent employment is defined as consecutive employment in a permanent job for a minimum of 12 months prior to the semester of qualification (minimum of thirty hours a week). Permanent employment is not defined as a series of temporary jobs.
  • All supporting documents (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 semester (and term) of reclassification.
  • The Registrar’s Office cannot consider personal justifications for documents not meeting the 12-month requirement. 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.
  • University dormitories, fraternities, sororities, scholarship houses, and other UWF campus addresses are not considered permanent addresses for residency purposes.
  • A permanent home in Florida is evidenced by the applicant's (parent/legal guardian if claiming dependent status; spouse if claiming marital status) name being reflected on the lease/rental agreement and utility bills (if renting) or on the deed/mortgage statement and utility bills (if homeowner). If the applicant's name is not reflected on these documents, then the home is considered a temporary domicile. Residence in someone else's home (i.e. boyfriend/girlfriend, fiance/fiancee, friend, etc.) does not constitute a permanent residence. Additional supporting documentation may be required.
  • Ties to another state or country will disqualify you from Residency Reclassification.
  • Evidence that you are the financial dependent of an out-of-state resident will disqualify you from Residency Reclassification.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION REQUEST IS ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES FOR THE APPLICABLE TERM OF THE SEMESTER IN QUESTION.

The University of West Florida uses e-mail as the official method of notification regarding the review process. Please ensure that you have activated your UWF e-mail account (i.e. jrd1@students.uwf.edu) for purposes of receiving important information related to your request.


RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION APPEALS:

A student electing to file an appeal of the Residency Reclassification decision rendered by the Registrar's Office must submit a formal request to the University Residency Appeals Committee for review. For further information and assistance, go to Residency Reclassification Appeals.

Residency Reclassification Appeals

Students seeking an appeal of the Residency Reclassification decision rendered by the Registrar's Office upon completion of a formal Residency Reclassification review shall submit a written appeal along with any additional supporting documentation to the University Residency Appeals Committee for review. The Committee will review all information and documentation submitted with the Appeal, as well as previously submitted documents and related information in the student's academic record. Students should review the requirements for Residency Reclassification prior to submitting an appeal. The Residency Appeals Committee is designated to review residency decisions - not the reclassification process nor associated deadlines. These areas of the Residency Reclassification review may not be appealed.

The Residency Appeals Committee meets as needed, but no more than once per week during the semester.

You will be notified in writing (to your student e-mail account) of the decision made by the Residency Appeals Committee. The decision of the Committee is final.

Appeals should be submitted as follows:

University Residency Appeals Committee
c/o Office of Enrollment Management
Building 18, Room 125
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

 

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