Students seeking Florida residency for tuition purposes are required to submit a declaration to the College proving they maintained legal residence in this state for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to his or her initial enrollment.
The declaration and all supporting documentation must be submitted prior to the start of classes, either:
- as part of the application for admission;
- in-person to the Office of Admissions and Records (TCC Main Campus, Student Union, Second Floor);
- or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each declaration is individually reviewed before a residency determination is made. This usually takes 5-7 business days, but during peak times (May-August) allow up to three weeks for processing.
Once your declaration has been reviewed, your status will be updated in EagleNet. Additional documentation may be required to support your claim of residency for tuition purposes. If more information is needed, you will receive a notification by email. Please allow enough time to submit all the required items prior to the deadline.
In order to be reclassified to in-state for tuition purposes, a student must complete the Request for Residency Reclassification form and submit it along with all supporting documentation in-person to the Office of Admissions and Records or by email at email@example.com.
Note: Eligibility for reclassification is reviewed by committee every Friday afternoon through the College’s published first day of class for the term and in which in-state residency is being sought. Supporting documentation is critical to the decision-making process. Students will be notified by email once a decision has been made.
Some students, such as select graduates of a Florida high school and veterans, may be eligible for tuition waivers. Learn more.
Additional info regarding exceptions and qualifications, procedures for initial classification and reclassification, physical presence vs. legal residence, determination of dependent or independent, military, immigration and international issues, and more can be found in the Guidelines for Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes.
State Board of Education Rules
State Board of Education Rule
Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
Under Florida law it is possible for U.S. Citizens with undocumented parents/guardians, lawful Permanent Residents, and certain non-U.S. Citizens to be classified as Florida residents for tuition paying purposes. In addition, undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students who graduate from a Florida high school may qualify for a waiver of out-of-state tuition fees.
Office of Admissions and Records