WHAT IS RESIDENCY?

Residency is the process of determining your status as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. Living in Florida alone is not sufficient to gain in-state tuition. The process can feel daunting, but we are here to help you interpret the law and find acceptable ways to demonstrate you meet the requirements of the statute.

Out-of-state tuition is nearly four times the cost of in-state tuition. So residency is important!

WHERE DO I FIND THE RULES ABOUT RESIDENCY?

The public college or university you attend is required to collect documentation from you that helps them determine your residency status for tuition purposes. This is governed by Florida Statute 1009.21.

The Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-10.044 expounds on the Florida Statute by providing more detailed information. This rule also contains information on visa categories that qualify for residency.

The Florida College System provides a Guideline that details best practices and answers many questions. Polk State uses this reference extensively to help students qualify for in-state residency.

HOW DO I DECLARE RESIDENCY?

When you completed your application, you provided information to declare your residency. Polk State College will review and verify your information within 5 days of your application submission. If you do not see your record in PASSPORT marked as “in-state” by then; complete the residency declaration and submit it with required documentation. You can find the Residency Declaration here.

 

YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL OF YOUR RESIDENCY DOCUMENTATION BEFORE THE DROP DEADLINE OF YOUR FIRST CLASS OF THE TERM. YOU CANNOT CHANGE RESIDENCY AFTER THAT UNTIL THE NEXT TERM.

If you need more details or further help, contact us at registrar@polk.edu or call at 863-297-1000.

SPECIAL HELP FOR UNDOCUMENTED OR DACA STUDENTS ON RESIDENCY

Below are special helps for students who are undocumented, whose parents are undocumented, or who are DACA students.

  1. Know Your Rights to In-state Tuition: A guide for Florida students from immigrant families.
    1. English Version
    2. Español Version
  2. Frequently Asked Questions.
    1. English Version
    2. Español Version
  3. Guide for Completing the Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes form.
    1. English Version
    2. Español Version