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Residency

Residency Determination

The following provides information about Texas residency qualification and residency classifiation for tuition purposes.

Under Texas state law, an applicant or enrolled student is classified either as a resident of Texas, a nonresident, or a foreign student. Residency for admission and tuition purposes at a public college or university in Texas is different from residency for voting or taxing purposes.

The following persons shall qualify as a Texas resident for tuition purposes.

  1. An individual who is not claimed as a dependent and established and maintained a residence in Texas for the 12 continuous months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which he or she enrolls.
  2. A dependent whose parent established and maintained a residence in Texas for the 12 continuous months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the dependent enrolls will be classified as a resident.
  3. An individual who graduated from a public or accredited private high school in Texas or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this state and maintained a residence continuously in Texas for the 36 months preceding the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent and the 12 months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which he or she enrolls.
  4. A non-US citizen , as identified in the residency regulations, who is not a dependent and established and maintained a domicile in Texas for the 12 continuous months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which he or she enrolls.
  5. A dependent non-US citizen, as identified in the residency regulations, whose parent established and maintained a residence in Texas for the 12 continuous months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which he or she enrolls.

Requesting Re-evaluation of the Residency Determination

An individual’s initial residency classification is based on completion of the Core Residency Questions that are contained in the Texas Common Application (the university on line application form) or are sent as a supplement to those completing the paper application form.

If an applicant or student is initially classified as a nonresident based on information provided through the Residence Core Questions and wishes to be reclassified as a resident, he or she may request reclassification by providing the supporting documentation described in Revised Chart III of the residency regulations. Requests for reclassification should be submitted 30 days prior to census date of the semester in which the reclassification is requested to allow adequate time for review and processing. Reclassification changes will apply to the first succeeding semester in which the person is enrolled, if the change is made on or after census date of that semester. If the change is made prior to census date, it will apply to the current semester.

Complete residency regulations for the State of Texas, including definition of terms, a list of nonimmigrant visa categories eligible to domicile, and the Residency Core Questions can be found through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

You may submit residency documents by uploading them to our document submission form.