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Florida Residency
To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes you must
be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident alien, or hold a visa
status approved by the Florida Legislature.
Living in or attending school in Florida does not, in itself,
establish legal residence. Students who depend on out-of-
state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of
the same state as their parents. A Florida “resident for tuition
purposes” is a person who has, or a dependent person whose
parent or guardian has, established and maintained legal
residence in Florida for at least twelve consecutive months
immediately preceding their enrollment. Residence in Florida
must be for the purpose of establishing a permanent home
and not merely incidental to enrollment at an institution of
higher education. Other persons not meeting the twelve-
month legal residency requirement may be classified as
Florida residents for tuition purposes only if they fall within
one of the limited special categories authorized by the Florida
Legislature and Board of Regents. Florida Keys Community
College will award Florida residency status for in-state tuition
in accordance with state laws, rules and guidelines.
The following guidelines summarize FKCC’s procedure for
compliance.
1.
A student’s residency classification is determined at
the time of admission. A non-resident may request
reclassification after establishing residency in Florida as
determined by the law.
2.
The law allows a United States citizen or eligible non-US
citizen to be classified as a Florida resident if the student,
or dependent student’s parent or legal guardian, has
been a legal resident of the state of Florida for at least 12
consecutive months immediately preceding the first day
of classes for the term in which classification as a Florida
resident for tuition purposes is desired.
3.
Living in Florida, attending school in Florida, or property
ownership in Florida does not, in and of itself, establish
residency for tuition purposes.
4.
All students must complete the Florida Residency for
Tuition Purposes Affidavit. It must be signed by the person
claiming residency.
5.
The affidavit form and all supporting documentation must
be filed no later than the last day of Add/Drop for the term
which classification or reclassification is sought.
6.
The affidavit will not be accepted until it is completed in its
entirety and all documents are attached.
Required Residency Documentation
1.
At least two pieces of State of Florida approved supporting
documentation are required with dates that evidence the
12
month qualifying period.
2.
Proof of U.S. citizenship: Persons who were born outside
of the United States but are claiming U.S. citizenship must
provide proof of citizenship or naturalization.
3.
STUDENT UNDER THE AGE OF 24 is assumed to be a
dependent:
Parent or legal guardian must complete the affidavit and
provide appropriate documentation.
4.
STUDENT UNDER THE AGE OF 24 who claims to be an
independent:
Student must sign the affidavit and provide documents
supporting residency AND independent status.
A copy of student and/or parent’s tax return may be
required to document independent status.
5.
STUDENT 24 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER WHO CLAIMS TO BE
DEPENDENT:
Copy of parent’s tax return from previous year must be
provided to document dependent status.
Parent or legal guardian must complete the affidavit and
provide appropriate documentation.
Dependent vs. Independent
Dependent Student:
any person, whether or not living with his or
her parent, who is eligible to be claimed by his or her parent as a
dependent under the federal income tax code.
Independent Student:
any person who submits documentation
that he or she provides fifty (50) percent or more of the cost of
attendance for independent, in-state students as defined by the
financial aid office at the institution (exclusive of federal, state and
institutional aid or scholarships).
Florida Residency Requirements