|Establishing Florida Residency|
It is the policy of the University of Florida that all graduate assistants and fellows, who receive tuition waivers and who are U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or legal aliens granted indefinite stay by the Immigration and Naturalizations Service, must take appropriate actions to become in-state residents for tuition purposes by the end of their first year.
To accomplish this, some actions must be taken before the beginning of their first semester of enrollment and no later than the end of the drop/add period for the first semester. Continuing employment or fellowships are dependent on obtaining resident status. It takes 1 year to establish residency so all Non-Florida U.S. students should start the process prior to beginning at UF.
Upon receipt of the "Declaration of Domicile" you will need to supply documentation to prove that you have maintained 12 months physical presence in the state of Florida. This can be done by submitting the documents outlined in section IV of the Request for Change in Residency Status.
Supporting documents MUST be completed no later than one year prior to the start of the term in which you plan to apply for residency.
Supporting documents needed are as follows:
Documents supporting the establishment of legal residence should be dated, issued or filed at least 12 months before the first day of classes of the term for which a Florida resident classification is sought.
You must be an independent person to be able to establish Florida residency unless your parents or guardians or spouse establishes residency in Florida.
When filling out residency affidavit DO NOT LEAVE BLANKS. If something does not apply to you use "N/A"
Application for Residency MUST be done prior to the term AND you must specify the term in which you are applying. You cannot apply for residency retroactively.
TIP: The more documents that you can produce the better.
After you have been in Florida approximately 11.5 or 12 months (but before tuition and fees are due in the first semester in which you have been a resident of Florida for 12 months) bring the completed Request for Change in Residency Status along with the supporting documents to 108 Rhines Hall. We will assist you in processing this paperwork.
Completing these documents do not guarantee Florida Residency. All applicants should read about change in residency information.
If you have complied with the above, it is our (College of Engineering's) opinion that the Registrar's Office will change your residency status to "resident"; thus, reducing the amount of the tuition waiver that the University, College, and Department is responsible for. If you fail to do the above things and it results in your residency request being denied then either you or your department will be responsible for your tuition waiver.