Homeless Tuition Exemption

HOMELESS TUITION EXEMPTION

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE HOMELESS TUITION FEE EXEMPTION WAIVER?

In order to qualify for a fee exemption as a result of homelessness, the student must meet the criteria outlined in Florida Statute 1009.25(1) (f) http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/1009.25

  • A student who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; or
  • Primary nighttime residence is a public or private shelter designed to provide temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
  • A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

CRITERIA FOR THE HOMELESS TUITION FEE EXEMPTION WAIVER

  • Submit complete documentation two weeks prior to the tuition payment deadline for each semester.
  • The Homeless Tuition Fee Exemption waiver will be reviewed for renewal on a semester-by-semester basis.
  • All students must be in good academic standing as defined by the University.
  • Homeless Tuition Fee Exemption waivers are not retroactive for any prior semester.
  • Student’s tuition charges must reflect as In-State charges.

CRITERIA FOR THE HOMELESS TUITION FEE EXEMPTION WAIVER

Tuition, mandatory fees including lab fees.

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WHAT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY?

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • Must submit the Homeless Liaison letter at the time of admission.
  • Students identified as “Unaccompanied Youth” or homeless with the verification letter will receive an academic year of the Homeless Tuition Exemption Fee Waiver. The following semester the students must adhere to the student responsibilities described below.

CURRENTLY ENROLLED UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • To submit all the documents to attest their homeless status, provide original documentation of proof of homelessness as defined by Florida Statute 1009.25(1)(f) (e.g.: letter from a publicly or privately operated homeless shelter, food/clothing bank, transitional ministry, Psychiatrist, Social Worker, eviction notices, police reports, etc.).
  • If students reside in University Housing, the Affidavit of Homeless Status is required each semester. If you are not in University Housing, supporting documentation, as described above, must be submitted with the Affidavit of Homeless Status.
  • The letter(s) must be provided on official stationary and include the contact information and the date for which services began/ended.
  • Complete the Affidavit of Homeless Status form and submit it to the Office of Student Access & Success.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually at www.fafsa.gov to reflect the current homeless status as listed on the FAFSA application. If a change of status occurs during the semester, the FAFSA must be amended to reflect the change of status.
  • All students are to meet with the Fostering Panther Pride (FPP) program staff.
  • All students are to meet his/her academic advisor prior to the University’s tuition payment deadline each semester. If needed, develop an Academic Success Plan.
  • Register for classes for the semester that the Homeless Tuition Fee Exception waiver is being requested.
  • Complete the University Housing agreement, if applicable, by the established deadline each semester.
  • Resubmit the Affidavit of Homeless Status Form for the renewal of the Homeless Tuition Exemption with updated documentation for each semester.
  • Any desired class schedule changes should be immediately communicated to FPP program staff prior to schedule adjustment.
  • Students who receive a student loan will be required to receive in-person student loan counseling with a Financial Aid Coordinator once a year. A loan disbursement will be placed on HOLD if students fail to meet with a Financial Aid Coordinator.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED AS PROOF OF HOMELESS STATUS?

Private letters (e.g., friends, family members, acquaintances, partners etc.).

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