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Residency for Tuition Purposes


Daytona State College, being a state-supported college, is required to verify the eligibility of students receiving the Florida resident tuition rate. The non-Florida resident tuition rate is approximately four times the resident tuition rate. Each applicant must complete a Residency Affidavit, which is part of the Admission application, prior to the first day of the semester for which Florida residency for tuition purposes is sought or residency cannot be granted for that semester.  It is each student’s responsibility to verify that he/she is a Florida resident. Even if you’ve always lived and attended school in the state of Florida, you will need to complete the Residency Affidavit and provide legible copies of appropriate documentation so that Daytona State can certify your status. Students requesting reclassification must complete the Reclassification Affidavit and submit legible copies of all required documentation.

To qualify for the Florida resident tuition rate, a student (or the parent or legal guardian of a dependent student) must have resided in Florida for at least one year immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which residency is being sought, be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident alien or eligible legal alien, and meet all requirements outlined by Florida statutes. Students will be assumed to be non-Florida residents for tuition purposes until all required documents have been submitted to the Admissions Office. Documentation of eligibility for residency is due by the first day of classes of the semester for which residency is sought or residency cannot be granted for that semester.

The following is a brief summary of the complex State residency requirements.  Please visit an Admissions Office for a detailed review.

Determining a Claimant

The claimant is the person who will provide the necessary documentation for establishing Florida residency for tuition purposes. The following individuals may act as claimants:

1.  The Student – the student can act as his or her own claimant if any one of the following applies:

2.  Parent / Legal Guardian – a parent or legal guardian will be the claimant for any student under 24 who does not otherwise qualify as a claimant; when a legal guardian other than the student’s parent acts as claimant, provide proof of court-appointed guardianship

3.  Adult Relative – for students under the age of 24, when the adult relative has claimed the student on his/her taxes for the past five consecutive years; provide tax returns and proof of physical presence in Florida for past 12 months for both student and adult relative

Physical Presence and Legal Ties

The claimant (as determined above) must provide evidence of physical presence and legal ties to Florida. The residency determination must be documented by the submission of written or electronic verification that includes two or more of the documents identified in this paragraph. No single piece of evidence shall be conclusive.

All documents submitted must evidence a 12 month period immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which residency is sought.

1.  The documents must include at least one of the following:

2.  The documents may include one or more of the following:

Exemptions and Special Qualifications

Any person who meets the following criteria will be considered a Florida resident for tuition purposes. Documentation of qualification will be required.

Reclassification

A person who is classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes may become eligible for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes if that person or, if that person is a dependent child, his or her parent presents clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residency in this state for at least 12 consecutive months rather than temporary residency for the purpose of pursuing an education.

Students requesting reclassification must complete the Reclassification Affidavit and submit legible copies of all required documentation. Reclassification requires at least three documents from the lists under "Physical Presence and Legal Ties," above.  Submissions should be made to the Admissions Office at any campus prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which reclassification is sought or residency cannot be granted for that semester.

Residency Appeals

Residency decisions may be appealed, in writing.  Submit the Residency Appeal form with all supporting documentation to the Admissions Office on the Daytona Beach Campus, attention to Admissions Coordinator.  The appeal will be reviewed and a response provided to the student’s FalconMail e-mail account.

Last Updated: 12/19/12