For the purpose of assessing registration and tuition fees, students will be classified as "resident or nonresident." A "resident" for tuition purposes is a person who qualifies for the in-state tuition rate; a "nonresident" for tuition purposes is a person who does not qualify for the in-state tuition rate.
At Florida A&M University there are two offices responsible for the initial review of residency for tuition purposes under Florida Statute 1009.21. These offices are: The Office of Admissions and The Office of the University Registrar. The first office determines residency for all first-time-on-campus students; the Office of the University Registrar is the only office to which students can apply for changes in residency once they are enrolled. First-time-on-campus students will be classified in accordance with the information on their applications, including the "Florida Resident Affidavit" on the last page of the application, providing no other information is available calling into question the information on the application.
Have established a legal residence in this state and maintained that legal residence for 12 months prior to the first day of class in the term in which they are seeking Florida resident classification.
Submit the following documentation (in the case of a dependent student, the student must submit the-parent’s, spouse or legal guardian’s documentation) during the residency reclassification period which is one month prior to the first day of class for the term for which residency status is sought (note: the various summer terms are considered one semester for the purpose of establishing residency):
1) Documentation establishing legal residence in Florida (this document must be dated at least one year prior to the first day of classes of the term for which resident status is sought). The following documents will be considered in determining legal residence:
a) Declaration of Domicile in Florida.
b) Proof of purchase of a home in Florida, which you occupy as your residence (warranty deed and homestead exemption).
c) Florida voter’s registration
d) Florida vehicle registration
e) Florida driver’s license; or a State of Florida identification card (non-drivers)
f) A letter on company letterhead from employer verifying permanent full-time employment in Florida for the 12 months (consecutive months) before classes begin
g) A Florida professional or occupational licenses
h) Florida business incorporation
i) Any other factors peculiar to the individual which tend to establish the necessary intent to make Florida a permanent home and that the individual is a bona fide Florida resident, including the age and general circumstances of the individual.
2) No contrary evidence establishing residence elsewhere.
3) Documentation of dependent/independent status (copy of Internal Revenue Service tax return required).
Become a legal resident and be married to a person, who has been a legal resident of the State of Florida for the required 12-month period,
Be an active member of the Armed Forces (including National Guard) on active duty stationed in Florida, and/or active duty military whose home of record is Florida (or a spouse/dependent),
Be a member of the full-time instructional or administrative staff of a state public school, community college, or university in Florida, or a spouse or dependent,
Be a dependent and have lived five years with an adult relative, who has established legal residence in Florida (provided the child has resided continuously with such relative for the 5 years immediately prior to the child's initial enrollment in an institution of higher education).
Be a person who was enrolled as a Florida resident for tuition purposes at a Florida institution of higher education, but who abandoned Florida residency and then reenrolled in Florida within 12 months of the abandonment,
Be a Latin American/Caribbean scholar,
Be a United States citizen living on the Isthmus of Panama and have completed 12 consecutive months of college work at the Florida State University Panama Canal Branch, or a spouse or dependent,
Be an active member of the armed services (including the National Guard) of the United States and their spouse attending a public community college or university within 50 miles of the military establishment where there are stationed, if such military establishment is within a county contiguous to Florida.
Be a graduate student of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market attending Florida’s state universities.
Under FAC 6A-10.044 (Reciprocity between SUS and Public Community Colleges), the universities are not required to re-evaluate the classification for students who transfer from another public in-state institution.
Be a full-time employee of a state agency or political subdivision of the state when student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision for the purpose of job related law enforcement or corrections training.
Be a qualified beneficiary under the Florida Pre-Paid Postsecondary Expense Program per Florida Statues 240.551 (7) (a), if not otherwise eligible.
Be a McKnight Fellowship Recipient,
And Students are encouraged to stop by the Registrar’s Office, Room 103, Foote-Hilyer Administration Center and pick up a copy of the residency reclassification procedures document or view the “Request for Residency Reclassification on the Registrar’s web page (www.famu.edu/Academics/Registrar). This document explains the residency reclassification process, clarifies who is eligible for reclassification, states the documents required, and gives the time frame residency documents/packets will be received by the Registrar’s Office.
Additionally, students wishing to change from out-of-state residency for tuition purposes shall apply to the Admissions Office if they have not yet enrolled or to the University Registrar if they are already enrolled. If the request for reclassification and the necessary documentation are not received by the Registrar’s Office by the deadline specified in the University Calendar to be reclassified, the student will not be reclassified for that term and would need to request reclassification the following term.
Appeal from a determination denying "resident for tuition purposes" status may be initiated after appropriate administrative remedies are exhausted by filing a petition for review pursuant to Florida Statutes with the University Residency Appeals Committee.