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Changes to Residency Classification

 Florida statute mandates the acceptable documents that can be accepted to prove Florida residency for tuition purposes for students applying for either Initial Classification or Residency Reclassification.  It is recommended that you submit as many required documents as possible to justify your claim of Florida residency for tuition purposes. 

Acceptable Documentation

  • Driver’s License (or DVM report if license has been renewed)                                                     
  • Voter’s Registration Card                                                  
  • Motor Vehicle Registration (If renewed, submit current and previous registrations)
  • Letter of Full/Part-time Employment in Florida with W2s                                              
  • Declaration of domicile in Florida (Issue date is the date filed in the State of Florida)
  • Mortgage, Warranty Deed, or Homestead Exemption                                                           
  • Lease for an Apartment or House along with 12 months proof of payment                                                                                                       
  • Florida Occupational or Professional License                                                                            
  • Membership in a Florida Organization                                                                          
  • Utility Bills (Water or Electric ONLY)                                                                                              
  • (Proof of 12 consecutive months of payment)                     
  • Florida High School Transcript (If diploma was earned in the last 12 months)
  • State, Federal, or Court Documents evidencing legal ties to Florida                            
  • Benefit Histories from Florida Agencies or Public Assistance Programs                                  
  • Other – Documentation not listed above that supports permanent residency in the state

The deadline to submit COMPLETED residency documents

is the first day of classes classes to Residency@fiu.edu

Spring 2014 January 12, 2014
Summer A 2014 May 12, 2014*
Summer B 2014 July 23, 2014
Summer C 2014 May 12, 2014
Fall 2014 August 25, 2014
Spring 2015

January 12, 2015

*Students enrolled in Summer A/C and B semesters must have their residency documents submitted by May 12, 2013. Students enrolled in only Summer B must submit their residency documents by than July 23, 2014.
Any incomplete documents submitted after the first day of classes will be considered for reclassification procedure for the next semester.

Instructions for submission of documents

All applications for residency reclassification can be submitted to either the Office of the Registrar at MMC or the One-Stop Academic Center at the BBC Campus.

Please note, until a decision has been made regarding the residency reclassification, the student should consider themselves as a non-Florida resident.  It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to all fee payment deadlines for the term.

Initial classifications are to be submitted to the Admissions Office located in MMC - PC 140 or BBC AC1 100. 

TYPE

Department

Contact Information

Initial Classification Undergraduate students

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

305-348-2363 phone

305-348-2100 fax 

Initial Classification Graduate students

Office of Graduate Admissions

305-348-7442 phone

305-348-7441 fax

Reclassification

Office of the Registrar

305-348-2320 phone

Non-degree seeking

Office of the Registrar

305-348-2320 phone

 

Instructions for submission of documents

All students who wish to claim Florida residency for tuition purposes must complete the Initial Residency Classification form as part of the application for admission or readmission.  Depending upon the review of your affidavit, additional documentation may be required to support your claim of residency for tuition purposes.  Students applying for admission or readmission are encouraged to visit their my.fiu.edu to review their “To-do list.”

When you apply for admission online, you will be prompted to complete the residency affidavit. You do not have to submit the affidavit at the same time as the application; however, it must be completed and submitted prior to the start of classes. Since each affidavit is individually reviewed, it is in your best interest to submit the affidavit as soon as possible. Additional documentation may be required to prove your claim of Florida residency for tuition purposes, so you want to make sure that you have enough time to submit the required items prior to the deadline.

Required Documents: Initial Classification requires two (2) Florida residency documents from the above list.

Student's are required to submit proof of legal US status (US passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card, etc). Additional documentation may be required from the claimant. 

A student may once appeal the denial of a request to be reclassified from out-of-state status to in-state status for tuition purposes.  The student will need to meet with a manager-level staff in the Office of the Registrar to discuss the decision and their options.  The appeal must be provided in writing with accompanying documentation that might support reconsideration of the original decision.  A committee will meet to review the appeal and its accompanying documentation. 

The purpose of the Residency Committee was established to enable the administrative officers at FIU to accurately classify each student as either a Florida resident for tuition purposes or a Non-Florida resident for tuition purposes and to serve as a point of appeal. The Residency Committee strives to provide fairness and equity to all students of the University in accordance with section 1009.21 of the Florida Statutes, Florida Board of Governors Resolutions and the Residency Guidelines adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee of the Florida Department of Education.   The committee will make a determination in the case and will notify the student in writing of its final decision.

Additional information regarding reclassification criteria may be found in the Residency Reclassification Application must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s office with copies of the supportive documentation.   We recommend that you do this as soon as you feel you are eligible to be considered in-state and strongly encourage that you submit along with your form supportive documentation.  Not submitting the supportive documentation will delay this review. Guidelines of Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes (coming soon).


Students interested in scheduling an appointment to discuss residency reclassification and/or the appeal process can e-mail register@fiu.edu.

What is the difference between and independent student and a dependent student?

A dependent person is a person for whom 50 percent or more of his/her support is provided by another as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.  Dependent students are younger than 24 years and/or are claimed by their parent or legal guardian as a dependent on the most recent Federal Income Tax Form.   With very few exceptions, a dependent student is considered to be a legal resident of the same state as the student’s parents. 

The parent or legal guardian must provide evidence to substantiate legal Florida residency:

  1. Prove legal ties to the state of Florida- Florida residency documents must be dated or issued at least 12 months before the first day of the semester for which Florida residency is sought.
  2. FOR INITIAL CLASSIFICATION: Florida residency documents must be accompanied with the Initial Residency Classification form.  The completed Residency Affidavit with the required Florida documents can be submitted to the Office of Admissions (see the chart below) for review.
  3. FOR RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION: A completed residency reclassification application accompanied by the required Florida documents must be submitted for review to the Office of the Registrar (see chart below).

An independent person provides more than 50 percent of his/her support (i.e. cost of attendance).  A person may also be considered an independent person if he/she meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Student is married  
  • Student is at least 24 years of age by the first day of classes for the term residency classification is sought 
  • Student is currently serving  in the United States Armed Forces or is a veteran 
  • Student has dependents (children) and provides more than half of their support 
  • Student is pursuing a master or doctoral degree during the term in which student is seeking classification as a Florida resident. 
  • Student is or was (until the age of 18) a ward of the court 
  • Both of the student’s parents are deceased 
  • Student is classified as an Independent person by the Office of Financial Aid

Florida law regarding residency for tuition purposes

Physical Presence Explained

It is important to note that living or attending school in Florida does not establish residency automatically.  Maintaining a legal residence in Florida requires substantial physical presence as a condition.  However, absolute physical presence is not required.  For example, a person may take vacations out-of-state without altering his/her residency status.  Additionally, a person may go out of the country and remain eligible for “in-state” tuition as long as legal ties and requisite intent with Florida are maintained.  Finally, in some circumstances, a person may leave Florida to work or attend school temporarily in another state and still remain eligible for residency (please contact the OneStop Enrollment Services for additional information).

Reclassification to In-State-Resident-for-Tuition-Purposes

Effective July 1, 2009, Florida Statute 1009.21(6)(a) was amended to reflect significant changes in classifying students as residents or non-residents for the purpose of tuition assessment.  The major changes pertain to the new requirements for establishing initial classification and the limited instances where non-resident status may be changed to resident status through the reclassification process.   The following general principles apply to the classification and re-classification of resident status for tuition purposes (please refer to full statute for complete listing of program criteria as well as required documents for substantiating residency request).

Approved residency reclassification applications will not be applied retroactively to previous terms.  Changes in residency classification are approved for future semesters only.  Information regarding the deadline to submit residency reclassification applications can be obtained by contacting the OneStop Enrollment Services.

Living in Florida to attend Florida International University will not, in itself, establish in-state residency for tuition purposes.  Learn about the policies, procedures, and Florida Statutes governing the classification for establishing residency for tuition purposes. Residency refers to whether you are an in-state Florida resident or an out-of-state resident, and this classification determines your rate of tuition. Florida residents pay less in fees per credit hour than do non-Florida residents.

Florida state statute Section 1009.21 defines the requirements for in-state status. Generally a person is considered a Florida resident for the purpose of paying taxes, voting or other legal purposes after residing in the state for a designated length of time. However, state statute specifies additional requirements for a student to be classified as an in-state resident for tuition purposes. Most importantly: Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence for tuition purposes.

Your initial classification is determined by the Office of Admissions when you apply to the university. Failure to provide all relevant information and required documentation in the residency section of the admission application could result in a non-Florida or out-of-state resident classification for tuition purposes.  Students applying for admission should check their my.fiu.edu student account to check the status of their “To-Do List.” Once you have completed your first semester at FIU, you can request a residency reclassification.  You must contact the Office of the Registrar to initiate the process.  The rules are the same for all persons whether you are claiming Florida residency on your initial application or whether you are attempting to change your residency status in hopes of qualifying for in-state tuition after you have been admitted.

Florida statute requires the student to be a US citizen or permanent resident (or hold an eligible visa). The student or claimant (the student or dependent student's parent/legal guardian who is claiming residency) must have established and maintained Florida domicile for at least 12 months before the first day of the semester for which in-state status is sought.

In-state status is only for those residents who reside in the state permanently with established legal domicile in Florida. Permanent Florida residency is demonstrated by the absence of ties to any other state and establishment of a bona fide domicile in Florida. Permanent residence is evaluated for the domicile year associated with the initial term of entry to FIU or the term for which a student is seeking reclassification.  A student or claimant seeking classification as a Florida Resident must also have no legal ties to another State, continued legal ties (i.e. retaining a driver’s license from another state) contradicts establishment of a bona fide domicile in Florida. To learn more please refer to the changes to Residency Classification.

If you feel you have satisfied these basic qualifications, you can submit the Application for Residency Reclassification.

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