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Deadlines to Submit Residency Documents is the first day of classes.

Florida residency status is not used when making admissions decisions. However, a completed residency affidavit demonstrating your current status as a Florida resident, non-Florida resident or international student is required to complete your admissions file. Failure to provide this documentation may result in a delayed admissions decision. Please be prepared to upload residency documents when submitting your Undergraduate application online or Graduate application online.
You can also download Florida Residency Declaration Form.

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.

Evidence of legal residency and its duration shall include clear and convincing documentation that residency in this state was for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to a student’s reclassification request and that ties to the claimant’s former state were severed. A minimum of three documents from the list below are required. No single piece of evidence shall be conclusive, and FIU reserves the right to request additional documents beyond the minimum of three (per F.S. 1009.21) to ensure clear and convincing evidence of Florida residency.

At least one of the following must be submitted:

  • A Florida voter’s registration card.
  • A Florida driver’s license.
  • A State of Florida identification card.
  • A Florida vehicle registration.
  • Proof of a permanent home in Florida which is occupied as a primary residence by the individual or by the individual’s parent if the individual is a dependent child.
  • Proof of a homestead exemption in Florida.
  • Transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years if the Florida high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma was earned within the last 12 months.
  • Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a 12-month period.

The documents may include one or more of the following:

  • A declaration of domicile in Florida (pursuant to Section 222.17, F.S., the date that an applicant shall be deemed as establishing residency for 12 months is the date that the Clerk of Circuit Court notes the declaration was sworn and subscribed to the Clerk).
  • A Florida professional or occupational license.
  • Florida incorporation.
  • A document evidencing family ties in Florida.
  • Proof of membership in a Florida-based charitable or professional organization.
  • Utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments (electric and water ONLY).
  • A lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments.
  • An official state, federal, or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida.

The deadline to submit COMPLETED residency documents

is the first day of classes. Please email: Residency@fiu.edu

Summer A 2018 May 7, 2018*
Summer B 2018 June 18, 2018
Summer C 2018 May 7, 2018*
Fall 2018 August 20, 2018
Spring 2019

January 7, 2019

Summer A/C 2019

May 6, 2019*

*Students enrolled in Summer A/C and B semesters must have their residency documents submitted by May 7, 2018. Students enrolled in only Summer B must submit their residency documents by June 18, 2018.
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

Initial classifications are to be submitted to the OneStop located in SACS - 126 or BBC AC1 100. A completed packet can also be emailed to admiss@fiu.edu.

Residency reclassification can be submitted to either the OneStop at MMC or BBC Campus. A completed packet can also be emailed to residency@fiu.edu.

Any incomplete submissions will result in a processing delay. It's the students obligation to refer to their my.fiu.edu to-do list, as well as their e-mail for any updates on missing information. It's the students duty to have residency documents submitted on time prior to the start of the semester.

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.

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.

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

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Florida law provides for FIU to waive the out-of-state fee for all students, including undocumented students, who demonstrate they:
Attended a high  school in the state of Florida for 3 consecutive years;and
Graduated from a Florida high school immediately after those 3 years of consecutive attendance;and
Applied for enrollment in a state university, Florida College System institution, or Florida career center or charter technical career center in Florida within 24 months after high school graduation.
The waiver is only available for up to 110% of the required credit hours of the degree or certificate program in which you enroll. 
The approval of this waiver does NOT grant eligibility for financial aid, scholarships or loans from the University, the state, or the federal government. 
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