Residency Classification and Form

Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

Northwest Florida State College offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of Florida. In order to take advantage of this and receive in-state tuition, students must prove Florida Residency. The Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes policy is based upon state statutes, rules of the two higher education governing boards in Florida, and statewide guidelines developed by college and university administrators in conjunction with the Statewide Residency Committee and the Florida Department of Education.

Students are classified as Florida residents, Border State residents or as non-Florida residents for the purpose of fee assessment at the time of initial registration.  A Florida resident for tuition purposes is a person who has (or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has) established and maintained legal residence in Florida for the 12 months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which enrollment is requested. Residence in Florida must be for the purpose of establishing a permanent home and not merely incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education.

To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or certain individuals granted indefinite stay by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Living in or attending school in Florida does NOT establish legal residence. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents unless one parent has established legal residence in Florida for more than 12 months. Two (2) documents supporting the establishment of legal residence must be dated, issued, or filed 12 months before the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought. Students cannot hold out-of-state driver's licenses, vehicle registrations, etc. and be eligible for Florida residency.

Providing false residency information is a violation of Florida law and could result in disciplinary action being initiated. The college will correct the fees assessed those students who misrepresent their place of legal residence. An invoice will be issued for the increase in tuition.

Alabama Residency

The Florida Legislature allows the option of providing Alabama residents a different tuition assessment for postsecondary classes. At NWFSC the Alabama Border State Fee, at a rate of an additional $1.00 per credit hour (or $1.00 per term for Adult Education students) to the current in-state tuition rate, will be assessed for all eligible Alabama residents.

To be eligible for the Alabama Border State Fee the student must complete the Alabama Residency form and provide verification of an Alabama driver's license, Alabama vehicle registration, or Alabama voter's registration card.

Residency Appeal Process

A student who has documentation other than the items listed on the Residency Classification form that he/she believes may meet the qualifications for in-state residency for tuition purposes, may request a Request for Instate Tuition Consideration appeal form.  This form is available at all NWF State College campus locations and upon completion should be submitted to the Admissions office on the Niceville Campus.  The appeal will be reviewed by the Residency Appeal Committee who will render the final residency determination and the student will be notified of the committee's decision.

Additional Resources

Florida Statutes


Determination of resident status for tuition purposes. This statute outlines the broad legal parameters for establishing residency for tuition purposes in Florida public higher education institutions.

State Board of Education Rules


Residency for Tuition Purposes. The purpose of this rule is to establish consistent policies for the classification of students as residents for tuition purposes in accordance with criteria set forth in Section 1009.21, F.S.


Florida Residency as a Requirement for the Receipt of State Student Aid. Students that attend a Florida postsecondary educational institution must show eligibility to receive funds from state student financial assistance programs by following proving Florida residency as outlined in 1009.21, F.S.

Florida Residency Guidelines

The Florida Residency Guidelines for Tuition Purposes were adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee September 6, 2006, updated October 27, 2010, and updated for technical accuracy October 24, 2012.

Northwest Florida State College Catalog

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