Whether or not you qualify as a Texas Resident for tuition purposes will determine the rate you are charged for tuition (in-state or out-of-state). The Legislature for the state of Texas sets up standards for residency and establishing residency tuition. These standards are different and more rigorous than "normal" residency standards.
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What Texas Residents Need to Know
Qualifying Texas residents can be classified as out-of-state by the ApplyTexas system! To minimize the chance of this happening, make sure you answer each question of the residency section completely and accurately. Some students currently residing in Texas actually are not residents for tuition purposes, because they do not meet the Texas Resident standard(s).
Do not assume you will be a resident. Admitted students whose residence is determined to be out-of-state will receive notification with instructions on what to do if they feel this is an error. Make sure your email and postal mailing addresses are correct on your ApplyTexas application. The earlier you can identify a possible mistake, the easier it is to fix. Your bill will not post until approximately three weeks before the semester or term begins. That is not the time to find out you are not a resident for tuition purposes.
What Out-of-State Residents Need to Know
Out-of-state tuition rates, while still a bargain, are more than double the in-state rate. The total out-of-state tuition and fees for a typical course load can be more than $11,000 per semester.
It is important to know that leasing an apartment for a year will NOT qualify an out-of-state student as a resident. As an out-of-state student, you have to really commit to becoming a Texas resident by meeting one of the below qualifications. We would love for you to do that, but if you are not able, and you do not qualify for a waiver or exemption, you need to be willing and prepared to pay the full out-of-state tuition rate every year.
Determination of Residence Status for In-State Tuition
A student or applicant is classified either as an in-state resident of Texas, or an out-of-state resident, for tuition purposes. Rules for Texas residency classification for university tuition are different from those regarding “normal” residency. An applicant’s initial residency classification is determined by ApplyTexas based on information from their admission application. The student is responsible for ensuring their residency information is accurate and any corrections are made to their classification before the census date (12th class day for fall and spring semesters or 4th day for summer terms).
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. Some edits have also been made to enhance readability.
All requests for a residency review, which typically includes submitting some form of documentation required to support the student's request, must be received prior to the census date. There is no prorating of non-resident tuition charges due to residency changes. If status is updated to resident before the census date, all non-resident tuition will be deleted. No changes to billing can be made after the census date of a current term. Changes to residency after the census date will not be applied until the next semester.
Fall 2018: September 10, 2018
Spring 2019: February 4, 2019
Summer 2019: June 4, 2019
Fall 2019: September 9, 2019
Requests received after the census date will be reviewed for the next available term.