Residency Information

The following information is for New, Former, and Continuing Students.

Forms and Documents

Counselor Contact Information

If you are a new student and feel your residency status is incorrect: Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Eagle Student Services Center, Room 305, 940-565-2681, or the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, Eagle Student Services Center, Room 354, 940-565-2636.

If you are currently enrolled or a former/returning student who wishes to change your residency status from out-of-state to in-state for tuition purposes: Please contact a Residency Counselor in the Registrar’s Office, Eagle Student Services Center, Room 209, 940-565-2748, as soon as possible to make certain that you understand the guidelines outlined below or to obtain additional information.

Things to Remember

There must be conclusive evidence of the student’s intent to permanently establish his/her domicile in Texas.

It is the student’s responsibility to determine if the guidelines are in effect when applying for residency.

Independent Individual Basing Residency on Self:

You must be 18 years of age or older to base residency on self.

Students who are classified as a " non-resident" must pay the out-of-state tuition rates prior to establishing Texas residency.

Establishment of Residence

A person is entitled to classification as a resident for tuition purposes if that person:

  1. graduated from a Texas public or accredited private high school, and
  2. resided in Texas the 36 months immediately preceding the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent, and
  3. resided in Texas the 12 consecutive months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution or an independent individual who moves into the state and is gainfully employed within the State of Texas for a period of 12 consecutive months prior to enrolling in an institution of higher education.

The student may be required to complete a set of Core Residency Questions and provide supporting documentation (see below). If such residence, however, can be shown not to have been for the purpose of establishing domicile and residence but to have been for some other purpose, the individual is not entitled to be classified as a resident.

Reclassification

A person who has enrolled in an institution of higher education prior to living in the state for 12 months and who has been classified as a non-resident upon first enrollment in an institution of higher education is presumed to be non-resident for the period during which he/she continues as a student.

However, after residing in the state for 12 consecutive months, the student may apply for reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes provided unequivocal proof of establishment of domicile in Texas should be provided as outlined below. Materials to the determination of the establishment of a domicile in Texas are: business or personal facts or actions unequivocally indicative of a fixed intention to reside permanently in the state (see below). The student must complete a set of Core Residency Questions and provide supporting documentation if requested.

Required

  1. Established a domicile in Texas for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding enrollment with the intent to make Texas a permanent home.
  2. Maintained a residence in Texas for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding enrollment with the intent to make Texas a permanent home.

Documentation that can Support the Establishment of a Domicile and Demonstrate the Maintenance of a Resident in Texas for 12 Months

  • Employment in Texas at least 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment; or
  • For homeless, 12 months’ social services in Texas; or
  • One of the following: (1) Title to real property in Texas for 12 months, (2) Ownership of business in Texas for 12 months, or (3) State or local license to conduct business in Texas 12 months.

Documents that may be Used to Demonstrate Maintenance of a Residence in Texas for 12 Months

  • Utility bills for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  • A Texas high school transcript for full senior year preceding the census date;
  • A transcript from a Texas institution showing presence in the state for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  • A Texas driver’s license or Texas ID card with an expiration date of not more than four years;
  • Cancelled checks that reflect a Texas residence for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  • A current credit report that documents the length and place of residence of the person or the dependent’s parent.
  • Texas voter registration card that has not expired.
  • Pay stubs for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  • Bank statements reflecting a Texas address for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  • Ownership of real property with copies of utility bills for the 12 months preceding the census date.
  • Registration or verification from licensor, showing Texas address for licensee;
  • Written statements from the office of one or more social service agencies, attesting to the provision of services for at least the 12 months  preceding the census date.
  • Lease or rental of real property, other than campus housing, in the name of the person or the dependent’s parent for the 12 months preceding the census date.
  • Execution of a currently valid Last Will and Testament that has been deposited with a county clerk in Texas for at least the 12 months prior to enrollment and indicates the person is a resident of Texas.

It is the student's responsibility to determine if the above guidelines are in effect when applying for residency.

Student Basing Residency on Parent

The residency of a minor or dependent is based on one of the following circumstances:

  1. The residence of the parent who has claimed the dependent for federal income tax purposes both at the time of enrollment and for the tax year preceding enrollment;
  2. The residence of the parent or court-appointed legal guardian with whom the dependent or minor has physically resided for the 12 months prior to enrollment;
  3. The residence of the parent or legal guardian who has joint or single custody of the child, if that individual is not delinquent on the payment of child support; or
  4. The residence of the person to whom custody was granted by court order (e.g., divorce decree, child custody actions, guardianship or adoption proceedings), provided custody was granted at least 12 months prior to the student’s enrollment and was not granted for the purpose of obtaining status as a resident student.

The parent or legal guardian must have resided in Texas for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the student’s enrollment and must meet the criteria indicative of a fixed intention to reside permanently in Texas as outlined on Page 1. A copy of one or more of the appropriately dated documents outlined on Page 1 of this sheet may be required.

Non-U.S. Citizen Basing Residency on Self

A student who:

  1. graduated from a Texas public or accredited private high school,
  2. resided in Texas the 36 months immediately preceding the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent,
  3. resided in Texas the 12 consecutive months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution; and
  4. provides the institution an affidavit stating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity he/she is eligible to do be classified as resident for tuition purposes.

The student may not be classified as a resident for tuition purposes unless he/she holds a current immigration status that is eligible to domicile in the United States and has resided in Texas a minimum of 12 consecutive months. The following non-U.S. Citizens who are eligible to establish a domicile in Texas under the law and can obtain Texas residency, if they meet the basic residency requirements (page 1), are listed below: (Appropriate document would be required.)

  • Permanent Residents (I-551) or document showing extension of this card
  • Holder of the I-766 card that has not expired
  • Holder of the I-688, I-688a or I-699b card that has not expired
  • Letter from INS showing approval under the visa diversity (lottery) program
  • Notice of Action (I-797) showing approved, or letter from INS showing grant of deferred action status
  • Copy of fee receipt issued by INS when the petition was filed
  • Holder of the I-485 – The application to register Permanent Residence or adjust status
  • Refugees, Asylees, Parolees, Conditional Permanent Residents (holding I-551 cards which have not expired), Temporary Residents (holding I-688, I-688a, or I-688b cards which have not expired)
  • Holder of one of the following visa types (A-1, A-2 who is a dependent of A-1, A-3, E-1, E-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, G-5, H-1B, I, K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, L-1, L1-a, L1-b, L-2, NATO 1-7, O-1, O-3 who is a dependent of O-1, R-1, R-2, T-1, T-2, T-3, T-4, U-1, U-2, U-3, U-4, V-1, V-2, V-3

Special note to students who are undocumented and who do not have college work prior to Fall 2001: Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information. You may qualify for Texas residency under HB 1403. SB 1528

Non-U.S. Citizen Basing Residency on Parent:

  • The parent of the student must qualify under one of the requirements listed above in the “The Non-U.S. Citizen Basing Residency on Self” section and meet the same criteria outlined on Page 1 of this sheet.
  • The student must hold a current immigration status that is eligible to domicile in the United States.

In addition to the documentation required on Page 1 of this sheet, both the parent and the student must present the appropriate immigration status documentation.

It is the student's responsibility to determine if the above guidelines are in effect when applying for residency.

Additional Resources

For more information, contact the Registrar's Information Counter by calling 940-565-2111 or visiting Eagle Student Services Center (ESSC) Room 147.


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