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Eligibility for Texas Residency

36 Month Eligibility


US citizens and permanent residents who answer yes to the following questions 1- 3,  are eligible for an in state tuition classification. 

  1. Did you or will you graduate from a TX High School or complete a GED in TX by the census date of the term you are enrolling in?
  2. Did you or will you have lived in TX the 36 months leading up to high school graduation or completion of the GED?
  3. Will you have lived in TX for the 12 months prior to the beginning of the term for which you are enrolling?
  4. Are you a Citizen or Permanent Resident? If no, affidavit is REQUIRED.

If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident but can answer yes to questions 1-3 and you complete the required affidavit , you will be eligible for an in state tuition classification.    

If you answer no to any question 1 through 3, your tuition classification will be based on either your dependent or independent status.

 Required Affidavit

Note:
To view or print the required affidavit, which is in a pdf format, you will need Adobe Reader.  If Adobe Reader is not installed on your computer, click here and follow the download instructions for your free copy. 

 


 

Independent Students


To be eligible for Texas residency independent students:

  • Must not be claimed as a dependent on a parent/legal guardian’s federal income taxes
  • Must have lived at least 12 consecutive months in Texas immediately prior to the term enrolling. 
  • Must also have established a domicile in Texas 
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or in the United States on a visa that allows you to establish a domicile in the United States.  (Your permanent resident card number with expiration date or documentation of visa status is required). 


 

Dependent Students


Dependents are minors (under 18 years of age) or students 18 and over who are eligible to be claimed as a dependent on a parent’s federal income taxes if the parent provides at least 50% of support. 

The parent/legal guardian of dependent students:

  • Must claim you on federal income taxes
  • Must have lived at least 12 consecutive months in Texas immediately prior to the term enrolling. 
  • Must have established a domicile in TX. 
  • Must be a citizen, permanent resident or in the United States on a visa that allows them to establish a domicile in the United States.  (Parent/legal guardian’s permanent resident card number with expiration date or documentation of visa status is required). 


 

Texas Administrative Code


To learn more about the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas residency rules, visit  www.collegeforalltexans.com or link here.


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