The determination of residency classification for tuition purposes is governed by statutes enacted by the Texas Legislature and rules and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A student or applicant is classified either as a resident of Texas, a non-resident, or a foreign student for tuition purposes. An individual’s residency classification is based on information from his or her admission application. The student is responsible for registering under the proper residency classification. Any change in residency status must be reported to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If an applicant or student is classified as a non-resident and wishes to be considered for reclassification as a resident, it is necessary to submit the Core Residency Questions. available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The institution may request documentation in order to resolve issues raised by the information provided in response to the Core Residency Questions.
Certain non-residents or foreign students may qualify to pay in-state tuition as noted in the Exceptions section of this page.
Chapter 21 of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules includes the following provisions covering some of the more common residency situations. They are neither exhaustive nor complete and should not be interpreted as such. Full regulations and definitions of terms are available here.
A. The following persons shall be classified as Texas residents and entitled to pay resident tuition:
1. a person who:
a. graduated from a public or accredited private high school in this state or received the equivalent of a high school
diploma in this state, and
b. maintained a residence continuously in this state for
(i) the thirty-six months immediately preceding the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent, as
(ii) the 12 months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution
(Note: An individual who is neither a US citizen nor permanent resident must complete and submit the Residency Affidavit).
2. a person who:
a. established a domicile in this state not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution; and
b. maintained a residence continuously in the state for the 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution.
3. a dependent whose parent:
a. established a domicile in this state not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in
which the person enrolls in an institution; and
b. maintained a residence continuously in the state for the 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the
academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution.
B. The following non-U.S. citizens may establish a domicile in this state for the purposes of subsection (a)(2) or (3) of this section:
1.a Permanent Resident;
2.a person who is eligible for permanent resident status;
3.an eligible nonimmigrant that holds one of the approved types of visas. A complete list is available on the Coordinating Board Web site.
4.a person classified by the USCIS as a Refugee, Asylee, Parolee, Conditional Permanent Resident, or Temporary Resident;
5.a person holding Temporary Protected Status, and Spouses and Children with approved petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), an applicant with an approved USCIS I-360, Special Agricultural Worker, and a person granted deferred action status by USCIS;
6.a person who has filed an application for Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status under Immigration Nationality Act 240A(b) or a Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA), or the Cuban Adjustment Act, and who has been issued a fee/filing receipt or Notice of Action by USCIS; and
7.a person who has filed for adjustment of status to that of a person admitted as a Permanent Resident under 8 United States Code 1255, or under the "registry" program (8 United States Code 1259), or the Special Immigrant Juvenile Program (8 USC 1101(a)(27)(J)) and has been issued a fee/filing receipt or Notice of Action by USCIS.
C. The domicile of a dependent's parent is presumed to be the domicile of the dependent unless the dependent establishes eligibility for resident tuition under subsection (a)(1) of this section.
D. A domicile in Texas is presumed if, at least 12 months prior to the census date of the semester in which he or she is to enroll, the person owns real property in Texas, owns a business in Texas, or is married to a person who has established a domicile in Texas. Gainful employment other than work-study and other such student employment can also be a basis for establishing a domicile.
E. The temporary absence of a person or a dependent's parent from the state for the purpose of service in the U.S. Armed Forces, Public Health Service, Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, as a result of an employment assignment, or for educational purposes, shall not affect a person's ability to continue to claim that he or she is a domiciliary of this state. The person or the dependent's parent shall provide documentation of the reason for the temporary absence.
F. The temporary presence of a person or a dependent's parent in Texas for the purpose of service in the U.S. Armed Forces, Public Health Service, Department of Defense or service with the U.S. Department of State, or as a result of any other type of employment assignment does not preclude the person or parent from establishing a domicile in Texas.
To download the Residency Affidavit form, click here.
A non-resident may qualify to pay in-state tuition if:
Click here to view the waivers and exceptions that are available.
If you have additional questions about exceptions or waivers please send them to the Texas State Student Business Services at 512.245.2544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note: These regulations are subject to revision by the legislature and Coordinating Board. We make every effort to include all recent revisions at this site. At times, however, the most current regulations may not have been forwarded to our office at the posting of this page.
Important information: All requests to update resident status including supporting documentation must be received prior to the census date.
Any requests received after the census date will be reviewed for the next available term.