Residency for tuition purposes is defined by state law. The University must adhere to the criteria set forth in Florida School Code (SB-20E) Section 1009.21 Florida Statutes. This statute applies to all institutions of higher learning in Florida. Staff at the University of South Florida cannot make exception to the rules set forth by the state nor can staff make exceptions based on financial hardship or extenuating circumstances.
The Office of the Registrar must receive your Request for Reclassification and supporting documentation no later than the published deadline for the term in which you are requesting reclassification. Requests submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed and no more supporting documentation can be submitted - you will be assessed out-of-state tuition and fees for that term. There are no exceptions to the mandated deadline for submission.
Requests to re-evaluate a student's classification in a previous term will not be considered, except in cases of documented University error.
If you have questions or concerns about your particular circumstances, you may write or contact our office:
Office of the Registrar, SVC 1034
University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620-6950
Telephone: (813) 974-2000
Helpful links for Classification:
- General Classification Procedures
- Deadlines for Submitting a Request for Reclassification
- Qualifying for In-State Residency
- Intent to Reside in Florida
- Dependent Student
- Independent Student
- Exception Categories
- Residency Definitions
- Request for Reclassification Form