Admission Information

Residency Information

Residency refers to whether you are an in-state Florida resident or an out-of-state resident, and this classification determines your rate of tuition. Florida state statute Section 1009.21 defines the requirements for a student to be classified as an in-state resident for tuition purposes. Most importantly: Living in or attending school in Florida will not, in itself, establish legal residence for tuition purposes.

When you apply to the university, your initial residency classification is determined by the Office of Admissions. Failure to provide sufficient documentation in the residency section of the admissions application will result in a non-Florida or out-of-state residency classification for tuition purposes.

Students and claimants who are non-U.S. citizens are required to submit documentation to verify permanent resident or visa status IN ADDITION to documentation required for in-state status.

Required Documentation: Proof of Florida residency as a  DEPENDENT INDEPENDENT, or  EXCEPTIONAND proof of visa status is required. ONLY the following categories of visa holders are eligible for consideration. All others are ineligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes. 

Non-U.S. citizens in the following categories are also eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes.

You have until the last day of classes in your first term to request that the Office of Admissions re-evaluate your residency status by providing sufficient documentation. However, if your residency status is listed as non-Florida at the time that classes begin, you will be assessed out-of-state tuition charges.

Once you have completed your first term at USF, you can request a  reclassification of your residency status from the Office of the Registrar.