Residency Through High School Graduation in Texas
To establish residency through high school graduation, a person must:
If you are neither a US Citizen nor have issued a Permanent Resident card issued from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you are considered as an International Student and must also submit a copy of the Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident stating that you will apply for permanent residency when you are eligible to do so.
If you do not meet all three of the above listed criteria, you must wait until you have met all of the above criteria before you can change your residency status or you can see if you meet one of the other options.
Residency by Establishing and Maintaining a Domicile
If you filed as an independent (or filed jointly with your spouse) for the previous tax year on your most recent tax filing, and you do not receive the majority of your financial support from another person who is not your spouse, you may gain residency if you establish and maintain a domicile in Texas and show your intent to establish residency in Texas.
To establish residency you must meet the following criteria:
The residency for tuition purposes of a student who is not independent is based upon that of the parent or court-appointed legal guardian who claims that student as a dependent for federal income tax purposes or provides more than half that student's financial support, regardless of the length of time the student has resided in Texas. If the parent or court-appointed legal guardian of a dependent student meets the criteria of having established residency for tuition purposes, the dependent student is eligible to pay resident tuition. Parents and legal guardians qualify for Texas Residency by following the same criteria as independent individuals listed above.
Students are not able to obtain residency through family members, sponsors, or individuals who are not their biological or adoptive parent, or court-appointed legal guardian, even if that person claims them on taxes or provides the majority of their financial need.
A member of the United States Armed Services whose Home of Record with the military is Texas is presumed to be a Texas resident, as are his or her spouse and dependent children. A member whose Home of Record is not Texas but who provides the institution Leave and Earnings Statements that show the member has claimed Texas as his or her place of residence for the 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment is presumed to be a Texas resident, as are his or her spouse and dependent children.
If you are a member of the military and your Home of Record at the time of entry into the services was not Texas, you may be able to change your residence to Texas while in the military. First, you must be assigned to duty in Texas for at least 12 consecutive months during which you file proper documentation with the military to change your permanent residence to Texas. Second, you must meet at least four of the eight conditions listed below for the 12 months prior to enrollment:
If you did not select Texas as your Home of Record when you entered the service, and you have not taken steps to change your permanent residence with the military to Texas, you may still qualify for a waiver under Texas statutes.
How to Apply for a Change of Residency Status
For a student to request a change of residency status, they must submit a completed copy of the Core Residency Questions form. Along with the form, the student must submit supporting documentation that proves he/she or their parent (if a dependent) have met the requirements to be classified as a Texas Resident for tuition purposes. Students can submit the Core Residency Questions form without supporting documentation and then wait until the form is reviewed for a Residency Determination Officer to contact them and notify them of the required supporting documentation to submit.
The Office of the Registrar and the Office of Admissions have the right to request further documentation from the student in order to determine if residency requirements were clearly and convincingly met.
Examples of supporting documentation:
Documentation must show 12 consecutive months of being maintained in Texas.