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Tuition Waivers

Tuition Waivers Based on Residency

Lower Division – For Non-Residents

The same rate of tuition and fees charged to residents of the Southmost Union Junior College District for lower- division courses shall be charged to people, and their dependents, who are permitted by Congress to domicile in the United States and who own property which is subject to ad valorem taxation by the college district. Aliens not domiciled in the United States are not eligible for this waiver. Interested students should contact the Admissions Office, Tandy Hall No. 115, or call 882-8295.

Lower Division, Upper Division, UTB Undergraduate, Graduate – Residents of Mexico

State law allows students who are citizens of Mexico and who document financial need to pay the same tuition as residents of the State of Texas when enrolling. To be eligible for this waiver, students must complete all admission and registration requirements. You can apply for the Mexican National Tuition Waiver at the Admissions Office. For more information call 956.882.7611 or 882-8295.

Note: Students qualifying for tuition waivers continue to be classified as non-resident or foreign for residency purposes.

Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

Lower Division Resident In-District Students

Residents of the taxing district of Texas Southmost College, which includes Brownsville, South Padre Island, Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, Bayview, Los Fresnos, Olmito, Rancho Viejo, some areas of San Benito. San Benito residents need to bring a copy of the Cameron County Tax Statement to the Admissons Office if they feel they are in the Texas Southmost College Taxing District. For more information call 956.882.8295.

(Note: Most of the Los Fresnos High School graduates that have a San Benito address may be in the taxing district/bring County Tax statement).

Individuals who are domiciled in the United States and own property in the district subject to ad valorem taxation, and their dependents, are also charged the in-district rate.

Evidence of ownership of such property shall be a current certificate of payment provided by the Cameron County, Texas, Tax-Assessor Collector. It must be submitted with the application for admission and will be retained. This evidence must be resubmitted annually.

Dependents of property owners must submit a copy of the prior year’s income tax form listing the student as a dependent.

An international student, for example a student on a F-1 or J-1 visa, who is not permitted to establish domicile in the United States 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 the Admissions Office.

Lower Division Resident Out-Of-District Students

Residents who do not reside in the taxing district described above.

Lower Division Non-Resident Students

These are citizens or permanent residents of the United States who not eligible to be classified as residents. Foreign students are aliens who are not permanent residents of the United States or who have not been permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as domicile while in this country. An individual classified as a non-resident or foreign student may qualify, under exceptions specified in the statutes and rules, for 15Fees 15 resident tuition rates and other charges while continuing to be classified as a non-resident or foreign student. Students entering for the first time or students reentering after an absence of more than one semester, should carefully read the rules governing residence in order to be prepared to pay the required tuition fee. Information and advice regarding residency status is available from the Admissions Office.

Upper Division, UTB Undergraduate and Graduate Resident Students

These are students, for those younger than 18, whose families have lived in Texas for 12 months before registration or, for those 18 and older, who have lived in Texas for 12 months before registration. Residents are individuals who are either U.S. citizens, national or permanent resident aliens or aliens who have been permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as their domicile while in the United States and who have otherwise met the state requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes.

Upper Division, UTB Undergraduate and Graduate Non-Resident Students

These are citizens, national or permanent residents of the United States or non-residents who have been permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as their domicile while in the country and who have not met the state requirements 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 gradually require a minimum of 12 months residence in Texas prior to enrollment.

Upper Division, UTB Undergraduate and Graduate Foreign Students

These are non-residents who are not permanent residents of the United States or have not been permitted by Congress to adopt the United States as their domicile. An individual classified as a non-resident or foreign student may qualify, under certain exceptions specified in these rules, for resident tuition rates and other charges while continuing to be classified as a non-resident or a foreign student. Information on residency, reclassification, tuition exceptions and waivers is available at the Admissions Office and/or Financial Aid Office. (Tuition and fees are subject to change as laws and conditions may necessitate.)

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