Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes, Florida School Code (SB 20-E) Section 1009.21 Florida Statutes (www.leg.state.fl.us) requires that a U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Alien student or a dependent student’s parent/legal guardian establish and maintain a legal Florida residence for at least 12 months before the first day of the semester for which in-state status is sought.

You can only establish in-state status if you intend to reside in the state permanently and establish “domicile” in Florida. Your evidence of intent to be a resident of Florida is demonstrated by the absence of ties to your former state of residence. It is important that you change your permanent address on all pertinent records.

The University of South Florida is required to obtain documentation of 12 months of legal residence before classifying you as a resident for tuition purposes. Your intent to establish a residence is evaluated for the domicile year associated with the term for which you are seeking classification. Please note, in most cases you may be required to submit a copy of a federal income tax return to substantiate either dependent or independent status. NOTE: There is an automatic presumption that you are “dependent” if you are under 24.


Students may qualify as either a Dependent or Independent person. In rare cases, a student may qualify for temporary in-state status by qualifying under an Exception Category.

You are a Dependent if you meet the following:

If you are under the age of 24 and would like to be considered independent, a tax return for the applicant and his/her parent/guardian may be required.

You are Independent if you meet one or more of the following:

Residency Affidavit

Applicants claiming Florida Residency must provide documentation along with the Residency Affadavit. The person claiming residency (student, if filing as independent; parent/guardian, if filing as dependent) should complete the form. Submit the form to the USF Sarasota-Manatee Office of Admissions:

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Office of Admissions
8350 N. Tamiami Trail C107
Sarasota, FL 34243


Students seeking reclassification after completing one semester at USF should see the Registrar’s webpage for more information.