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1519 Clearlake Rd
Cocoa, FL 32922

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Phone: 321-433-7284
Fax: 321-433-7172

Email the Registrar's Office:
registrar@easternflorida.edu

Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes Guidelines

The following guidelines are provided for those persons who are claiming Florida residency for tuition purposes (in-state tuition). These requirements supersede all previously published information and are in compliance with Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.044.

OUT-OF-STATE WAIVERS Effective July 1, 2014:

Eligible students must submit waiver form to EFSC Admissions and Records a minimum of one week prior to the fee due date for each term.

Statute allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes if the applicant or the dependent applicant's parent or guardian has been a legal resident of the State for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought. 

  • All applicants for admission and re-admit must complete a Residency Declaration.
  • Applicant must provide proof of dependence or independence and document legal residence.
  • If student is dependent, the parent or guardian must provide proof of legal residence.

Download and complete the Florida Residency Declaration for tuition purposes and submit with your residency documents to the campus you select as your primary campus.

DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE

At least TWO of the documents listed in the Guidelines table below must be submitted, with dates that evidence the 12-month qualifying period. At least one of the documents must be from Section A. (You may provide more than one document from Section A.) As some evidence is more persuasive than others, more than two may be requested. No single piece of documentation will be considered conclusive. Additionally, there must be an absence of information that contradicts the applicant’s claim of residency.

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Section A/First Tier (at least 1 of the 2 documents submitted must be from this list)

  • Florida Driver license (if known to be held in another state previously, must have relinquished) OR a State of Florida identification card (if evidence of no ties to another state)
  • Florida voter registration
  • Florida vehicle registration
  • Proof of purchase of a permanent Florida home that is occupied as a primary residence of the claimant
  • Transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years if the Florida high school diploma or GED was earned within last 12 months
  • Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida (one or more jobs for at least 30 hours per week for the past 12 consecutive months)

Section B/Second Tier (may be used in conjunction with 1 document from Section A/First Tier)

  • Declaration of domicile in Florida (12 months from the date the document was sworn and subscribed as noted by the Clerk of Circuit Court)
  • A Florida professional or occupational license
  • Florida incorporation
  • Documents evidencing family ties in Florida
  • Proof of membership in Florida-based charitable or professional organizations
  • Utility bill and proof of past consecutive months of payments (Cell/mobile phones cannot be used; service must be current)
  • Copy of lease agreement or notarized letter from leasing agent/landlord and proof of past 12 consecutive months of payments
  • Any other document that supports the student's request for resident status, including, but not limited to an official state, federal, or court document evidencing legal ties in Florida

Determination of Dependent or Independent Status

Independent Student: A student who meets any one of the following criteria shall be classified as an independent student for the determination of residency for tuition purposes: Evidence that the student  meets one of these criteria must be provided.

  • The student is 24 years of age or older by the first day of classes of the term for which residency status is sought
  • The student is married
  • The student has children who receive more than half of their support from the student
  • The student has other dependents who live with and receive more than half of their support from the student
  • The student is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or is currently serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces or National Guard of Reserves for purposes other than training
  • Both of the student’s parents are deceased or the student is or was (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court
  • The student is determined an unaccompanied homeless youth by a school district homeless liaison, or by a staff member of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program

A student who does not meet one of the criteria outlined above may be classified as an independent student only if he or she 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). At EFSC, that amount is $7,177.

 

Dependent Student: All other students who do not meet the above definition of an independent student shall be classified as dependent students for the determination of residency for tuition purposes.

Appeal for Reclassification to In-State Residency

The Collegewide Residency Committee will review all requests for changes in residency.

A student who is initially classified as out-of-state and wants to request reclassification to in-state status must submit to the Director of Enrollment Services in the Admissions and Records Office a completed Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes and a MINIMUM of THREE supporting documents. The College may ask for additional documentation if necessary to establish clear and convincing evidence.

Statutory Reference

Residency is determined by the postsecondary institution. There is no appeal of the decision to a higher governmental agency. View a complete copy of the Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes.