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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.
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.