Texas law classifies each person who applies for admission to a Texas public college or university as:
- A resident of Texas;
- A nonresident; or
- A foreign (international) student.
Determining ResidencyWhen you apply for admission, the university uses information you provide on the admissions application to make an initial determination about residency. (The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board establishes the rules that govern Texas residency for higher education in Texas.) If the submitted information indicates you aren’t a U.S. citizen or permanent resident but that you may qualify for residency based on Texas high school graduation, you will be prompted by the application to download and submit the Residency Affidavit. It must be completed, signed, notarized and submitted to the university.
Residency Classification ReviewSometimes students submit incorrect information or information that makes it appear as though they are non-residents when they actually do qualify for Texas residency. In other cases, students initially ineligible for residency later become eligible. If you believe you are incorrectly classified, take steps to correct the inaccuracy by submitting the Residency Core Questions. In some cases, responses to questions on the form show that the student meets the requirements for one of the two options available for establishing residency:
High School Graduation
This option for establishing Texas residency is available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and to international students.
This option for establishing Texas residency is available to: