WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE HOMELESS TUITION EXEMPTION?
In order to qualify for a tuition 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.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE HOMELESS TUITION EXEMPTION
- Current FPP participants: Completed documentation must be submitted to the Office of Student Access & Success prior to the current semester ending for the exemption to reflect in the subsequent semester’s tuition/fee charges. FPP staff will send a request for renewal documentation two weeks prior to the last day of classes each semester. Tuition exemption requests will be processed by the University payment deadline.
- New FPP participants: Provide documentation of homeless status from an approved external agency. Requests submitted two weeks prior to the semester’s end will be processed for the following semester.
- All students must be in good academic standing, as defined by the university.
- Student accounts must reflect Florida resident tuition rates.
The Homeless Tuition Exemption Request will be reviewed for renewal on a semester-by-semester basis to determine eligibility based on the Florida Statute 1009.25(1)(f). Homeless Tuition Exemption includes tuition and mandatory fees (including lab fees). Homeless Tuition Exemptions are not retroactive for any prior semester.
CURRENTLY ENROLLED UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE STUDENTS
- Each semester, the student must attest their homeless status, by providing (1) the Affidavit of Homeless Status form and (2) original documentation of proof of homelessness as defined by Florida Statute 1009.25(1)(f). Accepted documentations include:
- Letter from a publicly or privately operated homeless shelter
- Letter from a transitional ministry who is currently providing you shelter
- Letter from a psychiatrist/social worker who has witnessed your homeless status (no verbal reports)
- Eviction notice issued by the court
- Police report attesting your homeless status.
All documentations must be provided on official stationery and include the contact information and the date for which services began/ended. All documents must be submitted in person by the deadline. Documents submitted after the deadline will not be processed.
Upcoming document submission deadlines:
|Fall 2021||July 30, 2021|
|Spring 2022||December 3, 2021|
|Summer 2022||April 22, 2022|
- Each semester, new and current students must submit the Affidavit of Homeless Status and the Homeless Tuition Exemption Form, and a personal statement addressing your current homeless situation, along with the supporting documentation described above. All documents must be turned in to the FPP staff.
- Register for classes for the semester that the Homeless Tuition Exemption is being requested.
- 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.
- Complete the University Housing agreement, if applicable, by the established deadline each semester.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
- 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.
- 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.).
- Students who are currently couch surfing are ineligible for the Homeless Tuition Exemption.