Residency Information for Tuition Purposes

Attention: You must be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes before the first day of the term you are planning to attend Seminole State.

Every applicant for admission to Seminole State College is required to make a statement as to his or her length of residence in Florida. The student must establish that his or her presence, or the presence of his or her parent or parents, in the state for at least the previous 12 months. The student's resident status must be for the purpose of maintaining a bona fide domicile and not merely a temporary residence or abode prior to enrollment at Seminole State College.

To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes, the student must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or legal alien granted indefinite stay by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, who has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 months. Legal residence in Florida is established when certain legal ties to the state are made. Therefore, the student must provide evidence that satisfactorily proves he or she (or his or her claimant) meets the legal requirements to qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes.

Living or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish residency. Students who depend upon out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents. The Florida Statute on residency, FS 240.1201, classifies a student as a dependent or independent student based on United States Internal Revenue Service Income Tax Codes.

  • Dependent: a person for whom 50 percent or more of his or her support is provided by the claimant.
  • Independent: a person who provides more than 50 percent of his or her own support.
  • If the student is claimed as a dependent on a tax return other than his or her own, he or she will not be classified as an independent student.

Documents supporting the establishment of legal residence must be dated, issued or filed 12 months before the first day of the term for which a Florida resident reclassification is sought.

The following is a list of acceptable documents to prove Florida residency. Please note that no single document shall be conclusive; a minimum of two documents is required. Faxed documents are not acceptable.

First Tier Documents
At least one of the two documents must be from this list
  • A Florida driver's license
  • A Florida voter's registration card
  • A State of Florida identification card
  • A Florida vehicle registration
  • 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
  • Proof of Permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a consecutive 12-month period
  • Proof of homestead exemption in Florida
  • Transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years (two or more years) if the Florida high school diploma or GED was earned within the last 12 months
  • Vehicle Registration
Second Tier Documents
May be used in conjunction with one document form the First Tier
  • A declaration of domicile in Florida
  • A Florida professional or occupational license
  • Florida incorporation
  • A document evidencing family ties in Florida
  • Proof of membership in a Florida-based charitable or professional organization
  • Any other documentation that supports the student's request for resident status, including, but not limited to: utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; a lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; or an official state, federal or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida

Please complete the Florida Resident Affidavit and submit it to the Records Office with the requested documentation. If the student is dependent, he or she must have the person (claimant) who provides his or her support complete the affidavit and provide the required documentation. Return this affidavit to: Seminole State College Records Office, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773. (Effective Aug. 27, 2004.)

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