Florida Residency Questions
Is preference given to residents of the State of Florida?
We no longer give preference to Florida residents because the Miller School of Medicine is a private medical school and we no longer receive funding from the State of Florida legislature.
What is the definition of a Florida resident?
The definition of a Florida resident for tuition-paying purposes is outlined in State Statute 240.1201 and is pretty complex. In general, you (if independent) or your parents (if you are dependent) must have lived in Florida for 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of medical school. If you came to Florida to attend an institution of higher learning, then the time you have spent in school does not count toward the 12 month requirement. Just owning property in Florida is insufficient for purposes of establishing residency.
What kinds of documents are necessary to support my claim to Florida residency?
Again, this is a complex issue. In general, you need a paper trail covering at least the 12 months immediately before the start of medical school. Federal income tax returns, W-2 forms, lease agreements, rent receipts, homestead exemptions and fee statements from Florida colleges and universities that you attended showing that you were a Florida resident for fee-paying purposes are acceptable documents. Drivers licenses and voters cards by themselves are insufficient documents to claim residency.
So what happens if I get accepted as a Florida resident but I can not come up with the required documentation to support my claim to Florida residency?
In that case, you will be assessed a non-resident tuition for each of the years of medical school in which you are enrolled. Currently, the non-resident tuition is about $9,000 more than the resident tuition. Remember, your best chance of getting into medical school is in the state in which you are a bona fide resident.
I think I am a resident of two states. Can I apply as a resident of say, New York, on my AMCAS application and still be considered as a Florida resident for admissions purposes by the Miller School of Medicine?
No. Because this issue has caused problems and misunderstandings before, we require that applicants list Florida as their state of residence on their AMCAS application to be considered by us as a Florida resident. We will not entertain requests to do otherwise. Other medical schools in Florida have the same requirement.
If I get accepted as a resident of a state other than Florida, can I change my residency to Florida after a year in medical school?
Do not forget: if you came to Florida for the purposes of higher education, you can not accrue time toward residency while you are enrolled in school. While it is theoretically possible to change your residency, very very few of our students have been able to develop the substantial ties to the State of Florida that this requires. Substantial ties include, for example, buying a home (in your name) and living in it for at least a year and being employed in Florida (in addition to such things as getting a drivers license, registering to vote, and registering your car in Florida, etc.