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Initial Classification

The College of Graduate Studies determines residency for all first-time graduate students and reviews graduate student requests for changes in residency once the student is enrolled. A first-time-on-campus student will be classified according to the information he or she includes on the application for admission, providing that no other information is available that calls into question the information contained on the application.

Staff in the College of Graduate Studies cannot make exceptions to the rules set forth by the state nor can staff make exceptions based on financial hardship or extenuating circumstances.

To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes in accordance with State regulations, the student must be a United States citizen, resident alien, parolee, Cuban national, Vietnamese refugee, or other refugee or asylee so designated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service,


Have established a legal residence in this state and maintained that legal residence for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the term in which they are seeking Florida resident classification. The student's residence in Florida must be as a bona fide domiciliary rather than for the purpose of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode incidental to enrollment in an institution of higher education, and should be demonstrated as indicated below (for dependent students, as defined by Internal Revenue Service regulations, a parent or guardian must qualify), 


Submit the following documentation (or in the case of a dependent student, the parent must submit documentation) prior to the last day of late registration for the term for which resident status is sought: 

  1. Documentation establishing legal residence in Florida (this document must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of the term for which resident status is sought). The following documents will be considered in determining legal residence:
    1. Declaration of Domicile (Note: the Declaration of Domicile will support a claim of residency for tuition purposes only after a period of 12 months from the date that the Clerk of the Court notes that the declaration was sworn and subscribed to them.)
    2. Proof of purchase of a home in Florida in which the student resides
    3. Proof that the student has maintained residence in the state for the preceding year (e.g., rent receipts, employment records). 


  2. Documentation establishing bona fide domicile in Florida which is not temporary or merely incidental to enrollment in a Florida institution of higher education. The following documents will be considered evidence of domicile even though no one of these criteria, if taken alone, will be considered as conclusive evidence of domicile:
    1. Declaration of Domicile;
    2. Florida voter registration;
    3. Florida vehicle registration;
    4. Florida driver license;
    5. Proof of real property ownership in Florida (e.g., deed, tax receipts).
    6. Verification of permanent employment in Florida by the employer, employment records, or other employment-related documentation (e.g., W-2 paycheck receipts), other than for employment normally provided on a temporary basis to students or other temporary employment. The document must show 12 consecutive months of Florida employment prior to the first day of classes of the term for which the student requests Florida residency;
    7. Proof of membership in or affiliation with community or state organizations or significant connections to the State;
    8. Proof of continuous presence in Florida during periods when not enrolled as a student;
    9. Proof of former domicile in Florida and maintenance of significant connections while absent;
    10. Proof of reliance upon Florida sources of support;
    11. Proof of domicile in Florida of family;
    12. Proof of admission to a licensed practicing profession in Florida;
    13. Any other factors peculiar to the individual that tend to establish the necessary intent to make Florida a permanent home and that the individual is a bonafide Florida resident, including the age and general circumstances of the individual;
    14. Proof of graduation from a high school located in Florida.


  3. No contrary evidence establishing residence elsewhere; legal ties to another state or country will disqualify you from Florida Residency for tuition purposes.


  4. Documentation of dependent/independent status (notarized copy of most recent IRS tax return). 


Be married to a person who has been a legal resident of the State of Florida for the required 12-month period. The spouse must qualify for Florida residency for tuition purposes and the student must relinquish legal ties to any other state, 


Be a member of the Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Florida, or whose home of record is the state of Florida, or a spouse or dependent of the member, 


Be a dependent and have lived five years with an adult relative who has established legal residence in Florida. The adult relative must qualify for Florida residency for tuition purposes, 


Be a person who was enrolled as a Florida resident for tuition purposes at a Florida institution of higher education, but who abandoned Florida residency and then re-enrolled in Florida within 12 months of the abandonment,


Be a full-time Latin American or Caribbean student who receives scholarships from the federal or state government, 


Be a United States citizen living on the Isthmus of Panama who has completed 12 consecutive months of college work at the Florida State University Panama Canal Branch, or a spouse or dependent of the citizen, 


Be a graduate student of the Southern Regional Education Board's Academic Common Market attending Florida's state universities,


Be a full-time employee of a state agency or political subdivision of the state when the student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision for the purpose of job-related law enforcement or corrections training, 


Be a U.S. citizen who is a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship recipient, 


Be a qualified beneficiary under the Florida Pre-paid Post-secondary Expense Program per s.240.551(7)(a), 


Be an active duty member of the Canadian military residing or stationed in this state under the North American Air Defense (NORAD) agreement, or a spouse or dependent of the member, 


Submit a statement as to the length of residence in Florida and their residency qualifications under the above criteria. Graduate students requesting Florida residency for tuition purposes shall apply to the College of Graduate Studies.

The UCF College of Graduate Studies reserves the right to require additional documentation as seen necessary to accurately determine the residency status of a student.



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