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Chapman Graduate SchoolEstablishing Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

Florida 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, the state statute specifies additional requirements for a student to be classified as an in-state resident for tuition purposes.

Your initial classification is determined by the Chapman Graduate 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.

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 (e.g.,. retaining a driver’s license from another state) contradicts establishment of a bona fide domicile in Florida.

To be eligible for in-state tuition, the student and his or her claimant (if different) must belong to any of the following categories:

  • U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Hold any of the following qualifying visa types: A, E, G, H, I, K, L, NATO, O-1, R, S, T, U, or V.
  • Be under any of the following protected statuses: Parolees, refugees, Asylees, or other legal alien granted an indefinite stay in the U.S.

Please note that all claimants (parents, spouse, or legal guardians) will be required to submit proof of legal U.S. status, such as U.S. passport, birth certificate, permanent resident card, etc. Also required is proof of kinship/relationship, such as student’s birth certificate, marriage certificate, tax returns, etc.

At least two of the following documents must be submitted, with dates that evidence the 12-month qualifying period. At least one of the documents must be from the First Tier. As some evidence is more persuasive than others, more than two may be requested. No single piece of documentation will be considered conclusive.

Please note that all documents must evidence 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of class of the term of admission/enrollment. Therefore, all documents expiring prior to the first day of class will be automatically rejected.

First Tier (at least one of the two documents submitted must be from this list)

  1. A Florida voter’s registration card.
  2. A Florida driver’s license // DMV report if license has been recently renewed.
  3. A State of Florida identification card.
  4. A Florida vehicle registration.
  5. 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.
  6. Proof of a homestead exemption in Florida.
  7. Transcripts from a Florida Institution of higher education if the diploma was earned within the last 12 months.
  8. Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a consecutive 12-month period.

Second Tier (may be used in conjunction with one document from First Tier)

  1. 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).
  2. A Florida professional or occupational license.
  3. Florida incorporation.
  4. A document evidencing verifiable family ties to a Florida resident, as defined by tuition purposes.
  5. Proof of membership in a Florida-based charitable or professional organization.
  6. Utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments (electric or water ONLY).
  7. An executed lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments.
  8. An official state, federal, or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida.

*** Please note that active members of the U.S. armed forces need to provide the form below only. ***

Active Duty Military Orders (DD214 form)

If the classification type changes from what the student had submitted originally in his application (e.g. claiming residency from independent to dependent), he must also provide an updated initial Residency Affidavit.


Students starting classes in any of the following semesters must provide all residency documents by the following dates. Failure to provide documents required by these deadlines will result in an undetermined classification which will block all enrollment. Students may request a residency reclassification appeal through the Registrar’s office for consecutive semesters.

  • Summer 2019 – May 6th
  • Fall 2019 – August 26th
  • Spring 2020 – January 6th

Contact Information

Chapman Graduate Admissions Office
Enrique Carrasco
CBC 200 (MMC)

One Stop
SASC 126 (MMC)

***This document is for informational purposes only and in no way replaces or supersedes the Florida Statue 1009.21, Board of Education Rule 6A-10.044, or the Board of Governors Rule. Please contact the Chapman Graduate Admissions Office for further information.***

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