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How do children qualify for tuition in Florida?

Tuition support can help you send your child to school without the expense of books and materials that you may not want to pay for or be able to afford. If you want to obtain extra or guaranteed tuition for schooling by meeting residency requirements in Florida, there are a few things you need to know. First, you can be identified as a Florida resident after living in the state in a legal residence for 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes.

Can you be denied classification as a resident due to immigration status?

The U.S. law does not allow students who are U.S. citizens to be denied residency based on the parent's immigration status.

Is there a difference between physical presence and legal residency?

To have a legal residence in Florida you must physically live in Florida while also being in a home in the state. To explain this in better terms, consider a person taking a vacation. If that person doesn't physically move to the state, being there doesn't make him or her a resident, even though being a resident does require that you're physically present in the state.

What happens if a child lives with two parents because of divorce? Both parents might not live in the state, but does that disqualify the child?

In the case that a child lives with a parent in another state while the other parent is a Florida resident, that child can be presumed to be a Florida resident, regardless of who claims the child on a tax return.

Source: Florida College System, "Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes," accessed Sep. 29, 2016

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