Change in Residency Status
A student who applies to FKCC as a non-Florida resident and later becomes a Florida resident for tuition purposes must request a change in resident status prior to registering. A Request for Change of Resident Status for Tuition Purposes form is available in the Office of Enrollment Services. Change in resident status is not retroactive.
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Resident Information and Requirements
A student’s residence classification is determined at the time of his/her admission to Florida Keys Community College. The Florida law regarding residency for tuition purposes allows U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes if the applicant or the dependent applicant’s parent/legal guardian has been a legal resident of the State for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought. To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes an applicant or the dependent applicant’s parent/legal guardian must have established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes of the term for which residency status is sought. A copy of the student’s most recent tax return or other documentation may be requested to establish dependence/independence.
A student under the age of 24 who claims to be independent must fill out and sign the affidavit and provide documents supporting residency and independent status. A copy of the student and/or parent’s tax return may be required. An independent student is a person who provides 51% of his or her own support, and is not eligible to be claimed as a dependent under the federal income tax code. For example, you would be considered independent if you are married (provide a copy of marriage license), have a child (provide copy of birth certificate), or made at least $11,198.00 last year (provide copy of tax return).
- Dependent children residing with a legal resident adult relative other than the parent for at least 5 years.
- Persons married to legal Florida residents and who intend to make Florida their permanent home, and who relinquish their legal ties to any other state.
- Persons who were enrolled as Florida residents for tuition purposes at a Florida public institution of higher education, but who abandon Florida residency and then re-enroll in Florida within 12 months of the abandonment.
- Active duty members of the armed services of the United States residing or stationed in Florida (and spouse/dependent children) or military personnel not stationed in Florida whose home of record or state of legal residence certificate, DD Form 2058, is Florida (and spouse/dependent children).
- Active duty members of the armed services of the United States and their spouses attending a public community college or university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed, if such military establishment is within a county contiguous to Florida.
- U.S. Citizens living on the Isthmus of Panama, who have completed 12 consecutive months of college work at the Florida State University Panama Canal Branch, and their spouses and dependent children.
- Full time instructional and administrative personnel employed by the State public school system, community colleges and institutions of higher education (and spouses/dependent children).
- Students from Latin America and the Caribbean who receive scholarships from the federal or state government. The student must attend, on a full-time basis, a Florida institution of higher education.
- Full-time employees of state agencies or political subdivisions of the state when the student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision for the purpose of job related law enforcement or corrections training.
- Qualified beneficiaries under the Florida Pre-Paid Postsecondary Expense Program per Florida Statute, s.240.551(7)(a).
- A dependent child whose parents are divorced, separated, or otherwise living apart, will be considered a resident for tuition purposes if either parent is a legal resident of Florida, regardless of which parent claims the minor for tax purposes.
- Active duty members of the Canadian military residing or stationed in this state under the North American Air Defense (NORAD) agreement, and their spouses and dependent children, attending a public community college or university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed.
The law allows non-U.S. Citizens such as lawful permanent residents, temporary permanent residents, asylees, parolees, and refugees who have applied for and been approved for such status and who otherwise meet the 12 month legal residence requirements, to be eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes.