Student Accounting

Homeless Tuition Waiver

What is the Homeless Fee Exemption?

According to Florida Statute 1009.25(f) a student who is homeless may be exempt from paying tuition and fees. The statute defines a homeless student as one who "lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or whose primary nighttime residence is a public or private shelter designed to provide temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings."

How can I find out if I am eligible for the exemption?

If you think you may be eligible for the homeless exemption, you should speak with your Case Manager or Homeless Liaison Officer from the shelter or with a case manager from USF Student Outreach and Support. Student Outreach and Support can be reached at 813-974-6130.

What paperwork is needed to determine if I'm eligible and when is it due?

To qualify, students will need documentation from a homeless shelter, school district homeless liaison, USF Student Outreach and Support, or runaway shelter.  Students will also need to complete the Homeless Fee Exemption Request Form. The documentation must include the appropriate Florida Statute for tuition and fee exemption. The documentation is due to the Homelessness Committee before the end of the first week (drop/add) each semester of enrollment.  Paperwork can be submitted to SOS (SVC 2058) or by email to The committee will review each application and approve or deny within 2 weeks of the drop/add deadline each semester. Students will be notified of the committee's decision by email.

What does the exemption cover?

This exemption covers tuition and fees only. This means you will be required to pay other costs such as the repeat course surcharges, excess credit hour fees, textbooks, housing, food, etc. The waiver cannot be used for the following types of courses: Self-Funded, Market Rate, Cost Recovery, Sponsored Institute or Study Abroad.  Be sure to talk with a financial aid counselor and academic advisor about additional fees.

What are other options to help pay for college?

There are many ways to keep college affordable. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. The FAFSA is used by colleges to determine eligibility for federal and state aid. FAFSA can help you determine other sources of aid to assist with costs not covered by the exemption