(1) The purpose of this rule is to establish consistent policies for the classification of students as residents for tuition purposes in accordance with the criteria set forth in Florida Statutes § 1009.21

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  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
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    (2) For Initial Determination of Residency: Each student shall submit a Florida Residency Declaration, electronically or in other form, and the documentation required by the institution to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes. Verification of whether the student is a dependent child as defined in section 1009.21(1)(a), F.S., shall be satisfied if the parent declares on the Florida Residency Declaration that the student is eligible to be claimed as a dependent by the parent under the federal income tax code. The Florida Residency Declaration is incorporated by reference, https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-05838, and made a part of this rule. The Residency Declaration is available at www.flbog.edu and the effective date is September 3, 2015.
    (a) A dependent student who attended a Florida high school for a minimum of two (2) academic years immediately preceding the student’s initial enrollment in an institution of higher education and graduated from a Florida high school or earned a Florida General Education Development (GED) within the last twelve (12) months may use the high school transcript or GED certificate as evidence of Florida residency. At least one (1) additional document identified in section 1009.21(3)(c)1. or 1009.21(3)(c)2., F.S., must be presented evidencing the parent’s legal residency in Florida.
    (b) If a declaration of domicile, pursuant to Florida Statutes § 222.17, is being used as one of the documents to establish residency for tuition purposes, the date that an applicant shall be deemed as establishing residency for tuition purposes shall be twelve (12) months hence from the date that the Clerk of Circuit Court notes the declaration was sworn and subscribed to the Clerk. Nothing in this subsection shall prevent the use of additional documentation as evidence that legal residency was established by other means pursuant to section 1009.21(3)(c), F.S., as of a date earlier than that established by the declaration of domicile.
    (3) For Residency Reclassification Determination. A student who is classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes may become eligible for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes by presenting a minimum of three (3) documents identified in section 1009.21(3)(c)1. or 1009.21(3)(c)2., F.S., that convincingly demonstrate the establishment of permanent legal residence in Florida other than for the sole purpose of pursuing a postsecondary education. Documentation must demonstrate that the student or, if the student is a dependent, their parent has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of classes for the term for which residency reclassification is sought except as otherwise provided in Florida Statutes § 1009.21(6)
    (4) The burden of providing clear and convincing documentation that justifies the university’s classification of a student as a resident for tuition purposes rests with the applicant. For documentation to be “”clear and convincing,”” it must be credible, trustworthy, and sufficient to persuade the university that the applicant has established legal residency in Florida that is not solely for the purpose of pursuing an education and has relinquished legal residency in any other state for at least twelve (12) months prior to classification. Each university may establish submission deadlines for all documentation that will be used to determine residency for tuition purposes.
    (5) A non-United States citizen may be eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes if evidence is presented verifying that the student has legal status in the United States, has met the residency requirements of Florida Statutes § 1009.21, and the person is one of the following:
    (a) A foreign national in a nonimmigrant visa classification that grants the person the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in the United States.
    1. The following visa categories grant the person the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in the United States: A, E, G, H-1B, H-1C, I, K, L, N, NATO 1-7, O-1, R, S, T, U, and V.
    2. The following visa categories do not grant the person the legal ability to establish and maintain a bona fide domicile in the United States: B, C, D, F, H-2, H-3, M, P, Q, and TN. J visa holders are not eligible to establish residency for tuition purposes except as provided in Florida Statutes § 1009.21(10)
    (b) A permanent resident alien, parolee, asylee, Cuban-Haitian entrant, other legal alien granted an indefinite stay, or other qualified alien as defined under federal law.
    (c) Pursuant to section 1009.21(2)(d), F.S., a dependent student who is a U.S. citizen may not be denied classification as a resident for tuition purposes based solely upon the immigration status of the student’s parent.
    (6) Each university’s residency appeal process established pursuant to Florida Statutes § 1009.21(12), shall be in writing and displayed prominently on the university’s website.
Rulemaking Authority Florida Statutes § 1009.21(13). Law Implemented Florida Statutes § 1009.21. History-New 5-15-11, Amended 10-1-15.