Porras v. Univ. of Fla., 1D21-1660

CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM.
Citation337 So.3d 471
Parties Allison K. PORRAS, Appellant, v. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Appellee.
Docket Number1D21-1660
Decision Date23 March 2022

337 So.3d 471

Allison K. PORRAS, Appellant,

No. 1D21-1660

District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District.

March 23, 2022

Byron Flagg of Byron Flagg, PA, Gainesville, for Appellant.

Mary Ashley McCollough, Office of Vice President and General Counsel, University of Florida, Gainesville, for Appellee.

Per Curiam.

Allison K. Porras appeals a final decision of the University of Florida denying her request to be reclassified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. Porras argues that UF failed to: (1) hold a hearing on her reclassification request, (2) explain in writing

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why it denied her request, and (3) ensure that the committee considering the appeal of her request consisted of at least three members. Finding no merit in Porras’ arguments, we affirm.

Porras, who grew up in Missouri, enrolled at UF as a non-resident student for the 2018 fall semester. After her admission, Porras twice applied for reclassification as a Florida resident so that she could pay in-state tuition. UF denied both requests, concluding that Porras failed to provide documentation to show that her presence in Florida was to maintain a bona fide domicile rather than a temporary residence or abode incident to her enrollment at UF. In 2021, Porras filed a third request for reclassification. UF again denied the request for lack of documentation. Porras sought review of the denial before the residency appeal commission. But the commission agreed with UF's decision to deny her request for reclassification. This timely appeal follows.

This Court reviews UF's factual findings for competent, substantial evidence. MB Doral, LLC v. Dep't of Bus. & Pro. Regul. , 295 So. 3d 850, 853 (Fla. 1st DCA 2020). We review its legal conclusions de novo. Id.

First, Porras argues that UF violated her right to due process by not affording her a hearing under the Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 120, Florida Statutes. Her argument fails because UF did not need to comply with the APA hearing requirements. See Matar v. Fla. Int'l Univ. , 944 So. 2d 1153, 1157...

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