Determining Student Residency
Resident is an individual who is either a U.S. citizen, national naturalized citizen or permanent resident or an individual who has been permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as his or her domicile while in the United States and who has otherwise met the state requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes.
Non-resident is a citizen, national naturalized citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or an individual who has been permitted by Congress to adopt the U.S. as his or her domicile while in this country and who has not met the State’s requirement for establishing residency for tuition purposes. While these state requirements for establishing residency are complex and should be referred to in each particular circumstance, they generally require a minimum of 12 months residence in Texas prior to enrollment.
Foreign student is an individual who is not a permanent of the U.S. or has not been permitted by Congress to adopt the U.S. as his or her domicile. An individual classified as a foreign student may qualify, under certain exemptions specified in rules set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, for resident tuition rates and other charges while continuing to be classified as a nonresident or a foreign student. Information on residency, reclassification, tuition exceptions and waivers is available at Admissions and Recruitment and Financial Aid.
International student, for example a student on a F-1 or J-1 visa, who is not permitted to establish domicile in the U.S. does not qualify for the in-district tuition rate. This provision only extends to students who enroll in lower division courses and does not extend to upper division or graduate level courses. For more information, contact Admissions and Recruitment.
The following visa holders are eligible to establish a domicile in the United States and have the same privilege of qualifying for Texas residency as U.S. citizens:
Invalid or not acceptable are I-688-A or I-688-B
|Valid I-551 or I-688