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Residency For Tuition Purposes

To determine if you qualify for discounted tuition as a Florida resident, you must provide a "Florida Residency Declaration (PDF)" form to the Office of Admissions. The information below will help you determine who should be listed as the "claimant" on the form. Please read the detail to ensure your form is completed correctly.


  • 24 or older
  • Married
  • Veteran
  • Has Dependents
  • Is/was in foster care
  • Earned annual income of $9,655

Prove Student's residency — listed as the claimant


  • Under 24
  • Eligible to be claimed as a "dependent" on parent/legal guardian's last tax filing

Prove Parent/Legal Guardian's residency — listed as the claimant

Complete the Florida "Residency Declaration" and Provide Required Documentation

  • Must show legal ties to Florida and prove 12 consecutive months of activity in Florida immediately prior to the first day of classes
  • Examples include Florida driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration, proof of full-time employment, homestead exemption

A full listing of acceptable documentation can be found in the form. At least one of the documents provided must be from Tier 1.

Examples of documents that may not be used include: passport, social security card, birth certificate, insurance card, library card, hunting/fishing license or piece of mail.

Residency Declaration Forms

Download, Print, and Submit (PDF)

Submit Form Online

Important note about the online residency form:

PowerForm Signer Information initial screen.

If you are under 24, and cannot claim independent status as listed above, please list a parent/legal guardian on the login screen shown here. You will be required to submit proof of residency documentation in your parent/legal guardian's name.

If you are over the age of 24 or can claim independent status as listed above, you will use your name on this screen and you will also be required to submit proof of residency documentation in your name. If you are under 24 and are claiming independent, you are required to submit supporting documentation to prove independent status.

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Non-Florida Residents

General Information

If student is unable to prove Florida Residency as outlined above, he or she will automatically be assessed out-of-state tuition rates. No documentation is necessary to be charged out-of-state tuition rates.

Out-Of-State Tuition Waivers

Some students may qualify for out-of-state tuition waivers. Please see the forms below to determine if you qualify.

Other Residency Information

Appealing Residency Determination

If your application for residency is denied and you choose to appeal the decision, you must submit an Appeal of Resident Status Form (PDF) within 10 calendar days prior to the first day of classes to the Admissions Office. The designated Residency Appeal Committee will review the appeal and inform the applicant of the final residency determination in writing via email. Please note that the Residency Appeal Committee cannot override Florida statutes which govern residency for tuition purposes. The decision of the Residency Appeal Committee is considered the final decision of Florida SouthWestern State College.

Residency Reclassification

A student who is initially classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes and paid the out-of-state fees may become eligible for reclassification to a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes if the student (if independent) or claimant (if dependent) can provide 3 qualifying documents to show residency 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes for the term in which residency is being sought. At least one of the documents must be a First Tier document.