To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, the student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or a legal alien granted indefinite stay by U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and must have established physical and legal residence in Florida for at least the last 12 consecutive months. Students who do not meet these basic criteria cannot be classified as Florida residents for tuition purposes. Questions regarding residency status upon application and readmission to UWF should be directed to the Graduate School. Questions regarding a change of residency status for currently enrolled students should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
Students enrolled in a graduate program (master’s, specialist, or doctoral) are considered independent for residency purposes. Graduate students wishing to claim dependent status should contact the Graduate School (new graduate students) or the Office of the Registrar (change of residency status) for required information to prove dependent status.
In addition to being a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by INS, a student must provide the following documentation one week prior to the first day of classes for any given semester:
Documentation establishing legal residence in Florida by one of two means (must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which resident status is sought):
Documentation establishing bona fide domicile in Florida which is not temporary or merely incidental to enrollment in a Florida institution of higher education must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which resident status is sought. The following documents will be considered evidence of domicile even though no single criterion will be considered as conclusive evidence of domicile:
No contrary evidence establishing or maintaining residence elsewhere.
Residents of Alabama are eligible for the Alabama Differential Tuition Plan, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. For more information, new students should contact the Graduate School and currently enrolled students should contact the Office of the Registrar.
Alabama residents must be U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or legal aliens granted indefinite stay by INS, and meet one of the following requirements to qualify for differential tuition:
Change of Residency or reclassification procedures apply to any student who attended UWF within the last three semesters and is requesting a change to his or her residency status. A student who has been enrolled, while classified as a “non-Florida resident for tuition purposes” and wishes to be considered for reclassification as a “Florida resident for tuition purposes,” should file with the Office of the Registrar a “Request for Change of Residency Status” form, with copies of supporting documentation attached. The request and documentation must be submitted one week (7 days) prior to the first day of classes for any given semester.
This request for reclassification is also required for students who are active duty or discharged members of the Armed Forces who wish to change from non-Florida or temporary Florida resident to Florida resident status.
Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence. An individual must be able to demonstrate that his/her activities in Florida during the qualifying period are not primarily student related. Residency in Florida must be for the purpose of establishing a permanent home and not merely incidental to enrollment at an institution of higher education. A period of non-enrollment during the 12 month qualifying period may be required. In addition, university residence halls, fraternities, sororities, scholarship houses, and other UWF campus addresses are not permanent addresses for residency purposes. The burden of proof of permanent residence lies with the student. Requirements for residency for tuition purposes may be found in the Admissions section of this Catalog.