Questions About In-State Tuition (Florida Residency)

Why do I need to fill out this form to qualify for in-state tuition?

Per Florida statute, all students are classified as a non-Florida resident until they submit a "Florida Residency Declaration." This declaration and any supporting documents need to be submitted and processed before the deadline. Visit www.fsw.edu/calendars to find the deadline to "Apply for a change of Florida residency status."

Who is considered a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes?

A Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes is a person who (or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian) has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of class for the term that the student plans to enroll. They must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

What if I don't qualify for residency for tuition purposes?

Some students may be able to qualify for out-of-state tuition waivers, appeal the residency determination, or reclassify in a future term (which requires more qualifying documents than needed for initial classification.) Learn more about appeals.

Am I guaranteed Florida residency status?

No, submission of the "Florida Residency Declaration" does not guarantee Florida residency for tuition purposes.

What do I do if I am missing documentation?

If a "Florida residency Declaration" is submitted with incomplete or insufficient documentation, the applicant will be notified and required to submit additional documents before processing. All documents are subject to verification.

I'm under 24 but do not want to use my parent/legal guardian's information for declaring residency. What can I do?

If you meet the qualifications for completing the form as an independent, you can use your own name as the claimant and your own information. If you do not meet the qualifications, parent/legal guardian information must be used.

What kinds of documents can be used to prove Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes?

Two or more documents must be provided, at least one must be a "Tier 1" document as defined below.

Tier 1 Documents

Claimant must provide at least one of the following (more details can be found on the form):

  • Florida Voter's Registration Card
  • Florida Driver's License
  • Florida Vehicle Registration
  • Proof of permanent home in Florida occupied as primary residence for 12 consecutive months prior to the student's enrollment.
  • Proof of a homestead exemption in Florida.
  • Official transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years (2 or more years), if the Florida high school diploma or GED was earned within the last 12 months.
  • Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a 12-month period.
Tier 2 Documents

Claimant may provide one or more documents from the following categories to demonstrate residency in Florida (to be used in conjunction with one document from above):

  • Declaration of domicile in Florida in accordance with s. 222.17, Florida Statutes
  • Florida professional or occupational license
  • Florida incorporation
  • Document evidencing family ties in Florida
  • Proof of membership in a Florida-based charitable or professional organization
  • Any other documentation that supports your request for resident status, including, but not limited to, utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; a lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; or an official state, federal, or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida

Why do I have a Residency Documentation hold?

This hold is just a reminder to submit residency paperwork for discounted tuition as a Florida resident or to acknowledge acceptance of out-of-state tuition. It will not prevent class registration. 

How do I clear the Residency Documentation hold?

If you submit the correct documentation, the hold will be removed. If you submitted more than 7 days ago and the hold hasn't been removed, check for an email from "docsign.net" (sent to the email address you used on the form) informing you of further action required. Learn more about holds.