In-State Tuition for Son of FL Military Parent Posted in Another State?

Question: I am active duty military. My home of record is in the state of Florida. I am currently stationed in the state of Virginia. If my son would like to attend a school in FL, will he have to pay out of state tuition?

One of the most complex aspects of the college search and application process can be determining which students qualify for in-state status. “The Dean’s” eyes have glazed over many times trying to decipher all the legalese! Thus, I contacted the Florida Department of Education before responding. I wanted to make sure that the news I gave you was not only good but also accurate.

Here’s what I found out:

If you go to this Web site, http://files.flvc.org/pdfDocuments/manuals/Residency_Guidelines_October_2010.pdf#1.0-Introduction, you will see these provisions that WILL allow your son to claim residency in Florida for tuition purposes, assuming you have the documentation in bold below:

6.2 Residency Protections and Exceptions/Qualifications for Military Personnel

Active duty military personnel and their spouses/dependents are afforded some residency protections due to their unique circumstances. The following military personnel are classified as residents for tuition purposes:

– Active duty members of the Armed Services of the United States residing or stationed in Florida (and spouse/dependent children) and active drilling members of the Florida National Guard. [s. 1009.21(10)(a), FS]

– Military personnel (and spouse/dependent children) not stationed in Florida whose home of record or state of legal residence certificate is Florida (as noted on an approved DD Form 2058, State of Legal Residence Certificate, or a Leave and Earning Statement, also called an LES or the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Form 702).

An individual shall not lose his or her resident status solely by reason of his/her service or, if the individual is a dependent child, his/her parent’s service in the Armed Forces outside this state. [s. 1009.21(7), FS]

-Active duty members of the Armed Services of the United States and their spouses/dependent children 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, shall be classified as residents. [s. 1009.21(10)(b), FS]

Thus your son can apply to Florida institutions as an in-state resident. 🙂

(posted 9/26/2012)