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Notice: Policy Suspended

This policy is currently suspended. Please see the interim policy: First-Time in College Residency Requirement.

Undergraduate Two-Year Residency Requirement

Applies to:Original Policy Date:Date of Last Review:Approved by:
Melbourne Campus Full-time Undergraduate Students June 11, 2019 July 11, 2023 David M. McMahan, J.D. Vice President for Student Affairs

Policy Owner: Student Affairs

Policy Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish residency requirements for full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the Melbourne campus, to support their academic success and to encourage their engagement. This policy is based on research on college students nationally that suggests that students who live on campus are more satisfied with their college experience, earn higher grade point averages, and are more likely to graduate than their commuting peers. Residence hall programming also enhances a student’s educational experience by providing the opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities and programs.

Policy Scope

The policy applies to full-time Florida Tech undergraduate students registered for classes at the Melbourne campus.

Policy Statement

All full-time undergraduate students enrolled in classes at the Melbourne campus are required to live in university housing for their first two years.

Students who meet one or more of the following criteria may be exempt from this policy:

  1. Have earned 56 or more credits and are at least 20 years of age or older (both conditions must be met for consideration for exemption)
  2. Veteran of military service (two years or more)
  3. Married
  4. Primary caregiver for dependent children
  5. 21 years of age or older
  6. Reside with immediate family within 50 miles of the Florida Tech campus
  7. Participant in a university-approved program, such as an off-campus internship, that requires living outside of the local area (50 miles or more)

Students meeting one or more of these exemption criteria may apply for this exception through their admissions counselor at time of admission.

Students who do not meet one of the exemption criteria listed above may request a special exemption from the Assistant Vice President of Housing and Campus Services.


Housing contracts are an academic year commitment; therefore, the student is required to reside in university housing for the full academic year. This policy is based on the student credit hour status as of the first term of enrollment that academic year. That status, for the purposes of this policy, is not adjusted in the second term of the semester. For example, if a residential student reaches 56 credits at the conclusion of the fall semester, the student must continue to reside in university housing for the spring semester. Students who do not meet the exemption criteria listed in this policy but who wish to request special exemption may email The email should outline the student’s rationale for requesting special consideration.


Immediate Family: Parent, stepparent, grandparent, legal guardian, or a sibling over age 21 not also enrolled at Florida Tech


Students are required to adhere to this policy.

The Office of Campus Housing is responsible to facilitate the housing and exception process in consultation with the Dean of Students.


Students who violate this policy may be assigned a room at the lowest rate for which the student is eligible.


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