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DCF Fee Exemptions

1. What is the Department of Children and Families (DCF) fee exemption?
2. I want to attend a Florida College System institution. How do I know if I am eligible for this exemption?
3. I am currently living on my own and am over 18 years old. Am I still eligible for this exemption?
4. What paperwork is needed to determine if Iím eligible?
5. What does the exemption cover?
6. What are other options to help pay for college?

General Information

1. I have recently moved to Florida. Can you tell me which college is located closest to my new address?
2. What programs are offered at the colleges?
3. Am I eligible for in-state tuition? How can I establish residency for tuition purposes?
4. Where can I find information about state financial aid programs?
5. How can I get a copy of my transcript?
6. What services and accommodations are available for me as a student with a disability?
7. If I graduate from a Florida college with an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, will I be automatically admitted to the state university of my choice?
8. If I begin my college career at a Florida college, will I be able to transfer to a university before earning an AA degree?
9. I have noticed that many Florida colleges have changed their name. Does this mean that the institutions still have an open door admissions policy?

Homeless Fee Exemption

1. What is the Homeless Fee Exemption?
2. How can I find out if I am eligible for the exemption?
3. What paperwork is needed to determine if Iím eligible?
4. What does the exemption cover?
5. What are other options to help pay for college?

Military Service & Residency

1. What do I need to know about Florida residency for tuition purposes?
2. How does my status as an active duty member of the military affect my residency status?
3. I am currently assigned to a military base in Florida but I have not lived here for 12 months. Am I still eligible to be considered a resident for tuition purposes?
4. I am currently assigned to a military base in Florida, but I am living across the border in a different state. Am I eligible for residency status for tuition purposes?
5. I am a resident of Florida but I have been assigned to duty in a different state/country. Am I eligible to be considered a Florida resident for tuition purposes?
6. Are my family members eligible for residency status as well?
7. I am a veteran of the armed services. Does this mean that I am eligible to be considered a resident for tuition purposes?

Purple Heart Waivers

1. What is the Purple Heart Waiver?
2. What medals are ďsuperior in precedence?Ē
3. What does the waiver cover?
4. What sorts of costs are NOT covered by this waiver?
5. Do I need to be a full-time student to receive the waiver?
6. Am I eligible for the waiver if Iím a non-degree seeking student?

7. What paperwork do I need?
    To determine eligibility for the waiver, you must submit documents showing you received the Purple Heart and were a Florida resident at the time of the military action that resulted in the awarding of the combat decoration.

Here are examples of the type of documentation you may need:

  • DD-214 form, military separation document
  • DD-2058 form, military state of legal residence certificate
  • Leave and Earning Statement (LES) or the Defense Finance and Accounting Service(DFAS) Form 702, which specifies place of residence
  • Letter or affidavit from the military administrative office verifying residence at the time of combat
  • One or more state or federal documents evidencing legal ties to Florida (e.g., homestead exemption, driverís license, vehicle registration, voter id).

Work with your college to determine what paperwork you should submit. To determine eligibility for the waiver, you also need to be a current Florida resident. The requirements for Florida residency for tuition purposes are set forth in Florida law. Find out more!

8. Are active duty military personnel eligible for this waiver?
9. Are there other financial aid opportunities available to veterans?

Student Housing

1. What colleges offer student housing?
2. I do not plan to attend any of the institutions listed above but am curious about student housing or options for living that are close to campus. What should I do?
3. I have a Florida Prepaid plan. How do I find out if there is housing that will accept my prepaid plan near the institution I plan to attend?