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  • Residency Reclassification

    In accordance with S1009.21 Florida Statutes, Rules 6A-10.044 and 6A-20.003, Florida Administrative Code, and the Board of Governors Residency Regulation, the College of Graduate Studies is required to adhere to specific procedures in making determinations for residency reclassification for students who were initially classified as non-Florida residents for tuition purposes. Staff in the College of Graduate Studies cannot make exceptions to the rules set forth by the state nor can staff make exceptions based on financial hardship or extenuating circumstances. 

    The burden of proof is on the student applying for reclassification to present clear and convincing documentation that supports permanent legal residency in this state for at least 12 months rather than temporary residency for the purpose of pursuing an education.

    Things You Need to Know about Residency Reclassification 

    • Living in Florida for a year or longer DOES NOT automatically qualify an applicant for in-state tuition (Florida residency for tuition purposes).
    • Under Florida law, there is a difference between being a “Florida Resident” and being a “Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes”.
    • To be considered a “Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes”, an applicant must prove through official and/or legal documents that the move to Florida was permanent and not temporarily as a result of your application and admission to UCF.
    • Despite the length of time you attend UCF, you may not qualify for “Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes”.
    • An applicant may not be eligible for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes, unless the applicant (or parent/legal guardian if claiming dependent status; or spouse if claiming marital status) 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, such as:
      • Non-enrollment at an institution of higher education (i.e. UCF) for the prior 12 month qualifying period (if claiming independent status) and,
      • Full-time permanent employment for the prior 12 months and,
      • Proof of a permanent home in Florida which has been occupied as a primary residence for the prior 12 months and,
      • Establishment and maintenance of legal ties (i.e. Florida driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration) for the prior 12 months

      OR 

      • Non-enrollment at an institution of higher education (i.e. UCF) for the prior 12 month qualifying period (if claiming independent status) and,
      • Purchase of a home in this state and residence therein for the prior 12 months and,
      • Establishment and maintenance of legal ties (i.e. Florida driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration) for the prior 12 months 

      OR 

      • Sufficient documentation demonstrating the establishment of a permanent residence for 12 months prior to application for reclassification and enrollment (may include, but not limited to):
        • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of Florida legal ties (i.e. driver's license, vehicle registration, voter registration) prior to application for reclassification and enrollment
        • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of permanent, full-time Florida employment prior to application for reclassification and enrollment
        • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of a permanent Florida home prior to application for reclassification and enrollment
        • Less than full-time enrollment during 12 month qualifying period
        • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of specialized medical treatment in Florida prior to application for reclassification and enrollment
        • Establishment (and subsequent maintenance) of Florida disability benefits prior to application for reclassification and enrollment
        • Discharge from active duty military service (Florida as state of legal residence) and subsequent immediate move to Florida prior to application for reclassification and enrollment
           
    • Full-time permanent employment is defined as consecutive employment in a permanent job for a minimum of 12 months prior to the semester of qualification (minimum of thirty hours a week). Permanent employment is not defined as a series of temporary jobs or university assistantships.
    • All supporting documents that determine qualification (for example: driver’s license, vehicle registration, voter registration card) MUST be dated 12 complete months prior to the first day of classes for the requested semester of reclassification.
    • The College of Graduate Studies cannot consider personal justifications for documents not meeting the 12-month requirement. For example: “I have one now, but I did not get a driver’s license when I moved here a year ago because…” CANNOT be considered.
    • University dormitories, fraternities, sororities, scholarship houses, and other UCF campus addresses are not considered permanent addresses for residency purposes.
    • A permanent home in Florida is evidenced by the applicant's (parent/legal guardian if claiming dependent status; spouse if claiming marital status) name being reflected on the lease/rental agreement and utility bills (if renting) or on the deed/mortgage statement and utility bills (if homeowner). If the applicant's name is not reflected on these documents, then the home is considered a temporary domicile. Residence in someone else's home (i.e. boyfriend/girlfriend, fiance/fiancee, friend, etc.) does not constitute a permanent residence. Additional supporting documentation may be required.
    • Legal ties to another state or country will disqualify you from Residency Reclassification.
    • Evidence that you are the financial dependent of an out-of-state resident will disqualify you from Residency Reclassification for tuition purposes. 

     

    A student who has been classified as a "non-resident for tuition purposes" at the time of initial admission to the University and wishes to be considered for reclassification as a "Florida resident for tuition purposes" for a subsequent semester, shall file a “Residency Reclassification Application and Affidavit” form, with copies of supporting documentation as outlined in the application instructions to the College of Graduate Studies either in person (Millican Hall 230) or by mail to: UCF College of Graduate Studies, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., PO Box 160112, Orlando, FL 32816-0112. Copies of the Residency Reclassification Application and Affidavit are available from the College of Graduate Studies or you may print a .pdf version of these forms listed above (as applicable). 

    THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A RESIDENCY RECLASSIFICATION REQUEST IS THE LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION FOR THE APPLICABLE TERM OF THE SEMESTER IN QUESTION.

    The University of Central Florida uses e-mail as the official method of notification regarding the review process. Please ensure that you have activated your UCF Knightsmail account for purposes of receiving important information related to your request.

    Inquiries regarding residency reclassification should be directed in writing to the College of Graduate Studies' Residency Reclassification Department at gradreclass@ucf.edu. Please note that the College of Graduate Studies cannot advise students regarding their ability to reclassify in a future term.


 

 
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