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Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

The Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes policy is based upon state statute, rules of the two higher education governing boards in Florida, and statewide guidelines developed by college and university administrators in conjunction with the Statewide Residency Committee and the Florida Department of Education.

Out-of-State Fee/Tuition Waivers
Learn more about the Out-of-State Fee Waiver for Select Florida High School Graduates (House Bill 851) and the Out-of-State Tuition Waiver for Veterans (House Bill 7015).



New ruling, effective Spring Term 2013, for U.S. citizen dependent students regarding Florida residency for tuition classification

Effective Spring Term 2013 (academic term 2012-2), U.S. citizen dependent students who had been ineligible for Florida residency for tuition purposes may become eligible as a result of a recent federal court ruling in Florida.

Definition of Residency for Tuition Purposes

All students who are admitted to a public College or University in Florida must complete an affidavit and provide proof of residency for tuition purposes in accordance with state law in order to pay “in-state” tuition.

Residency Statute

Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, outlines the broad legal parameters for establishing residency for tuition purposes in Florida public higher education institutions. It is the highest level of authority regarding residency as established by the Florida Legislature. This statute also provides authority for the Department of Education to establish rules related to residency for tuition purposes.

Residency Rules and Regulation

The policy regarding residency for tuition purposes in Florida is composed of several layers, including state statute, rules of the two higher education governing boards in Florida, and statewide guidelines developed by college and university administrators in conjunction with the Statewide Residency Committee and the Florida Department of Education.

Residency Guidelines

This Residency Guidelines document was adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee to assist college and university administrators in implementing Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes; Rules 6A-10.044 and 6A-20.003, Florida Administrative Code; and the Board of Governors (BOG) Residency Regulation. The guidelines, as maintained by the Statewide Residency Committee, are used to determine residency status for tuition purposes in public colleges and universities.

Section 1009.21, F.S., Determination of resident status for tuition purposes, was amended during the 2010 legislative session. View a copy of the amended section of law (see lines 248-457).

The Florida Residency Guidelines for Tuition Purposes were adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee September 6, 2006 and last updated October 27, 2010.

Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes




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