One of the most common hang-ups for new students is the State of Florida’s proof of residency requirements for tuition purposes. EVERY student must complete the required Florida Residency Affidavit in order to qualify for in-state tuition rates. The affidavit must be finalized PRIOR to the start of your first semester of classes.
Acceptable documentation is listed on the affidavit. Information may be mailed, hand-delivered, faxed or emailed to your preferred campus location.
A Florida “Resident for Tuition Purposes” is a person who (or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian) has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes for the term that the student plans to enroll. To qualify as a “Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes” you must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or legal alien granted indefinite stay by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please note that residency guidelines may be subject to change and that the State of Florida Statute is the final determining factor governing residency for tuition purposes.
The Residency Affidavit, along with copies of the supporting documents, must be submitted to the Admissions Office on the campus or center of your choice no later than the published “Last day to apply for change of Florida residency status” for the term in which the residency is requested. Please allow 24-72 hours for processing during business days.
INDEPENDENT STUDENT CRITERIA: Documents must be submitted as proof of independence.
DEPENDENT STUDENT CRITERIA:
If your application for residency is denied and you choose to appeal the decision, you must submit an Appeal of Resident Status Form within 10 calendar days prior to the first day of classes to the Admissions Office. The designated Residency Appeal Committee will review the appeal and inform the applicant of the final residency determination in writing via email. Please note that the Residency Appeal Committee cannot override Florida statutes which govern residency for tuition purposes. The decision of the Residency Appeal Committee is considered the final decision of Edison State College.
A student who is initially classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes and paid the out-of-state fees may become eligible for reclassification to a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes if the student (if independent) or claimant (if dependent) can provide 3 qualifying documents to show residency 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes for the term in which residency is being sought. At least one of the documents must be a First Tier document.