What is it?
Pursuant to Florida Statute 1009.21, graduate students who are citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) who have been awarded a non-duty scholarship of a minimum of $500 per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) from the federal government or the State government may be eligible to be designated as Latin American - Caribbean Scholarship recipients.
A Latin American - Caribbean Scholarship recipient will be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes only. LAC Scholarship recipients must be awarded an additional $500 scholarship in order to retain Florida resident status for the summer terms.
Citizens from the following countries are eligible
Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman, Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela, U.K. Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands.
LAC Scholarship recipients must be registered graduate students in good academic standing at Florida State University or a prospective graduate student who has been admitted to the University. Each awarding unit may set additional criteria for new and renewal scholarships. Full time enrollment status (12 hours per semester for graduate students, 9 hours per semester for international graduate students) must be maintained. Under-enrollment must meet immigration requirements and must be approved by the academic dean and the FSU Office of the Registrar.
Note: Graduate or research assistantships do not fulfill the definition of scholarship. Recipients who change majors or graduate and begin a second degree program must reapply for the LAC scholarship. Students who, for any reason, lose their LAC scholarship status will revert to out-of-state tuition classification. If a LAC recipient withdraws from the University, the scholarship is cancelled.
How is it obtained?
To receive the LAC Scholarship status, the qualified student must obtain a memo (see below) from the student's academic dean, written to the University Registrar, indicating the student is from Latin America or the Caribbean (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), receiving a minimum scholarship of $500 per academic year, and noting that the student is eligible for classification as a Florida resident for tuition purposes only. This memo should be copied to the Office of Graduate Admissions, the Dean of The Graduate School, the Center for Global Engagement, the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of the Registrar.
The memo was recently updated in May 2016.
Florida Statute 1009.21 covers the policy for determination of resident status for tuition purposes.