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Texas Residency

Establishing Texas (In-State) Residency

Individuals can establish residency in the following ways:

Option 1: Residency through High School Graduation

The option of establishing Texas residency is available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and to international students who hold certain types of visas.

To establish residency through high school graduation, you must:

1. Graduate from a Texas high school or receive a GED in Texas; and

2. Live in Texas for the 36 months immediately before high school graduation; and

3. Live in Texas for the 12 months immediately before the census date (usually the 12thclass day) of the semester in which you enroll TAMUT.

Option 2: Establishing and Maintaining Domicile in the state of Texas

The following persons are considered residents of this state if:

1.  a person:

a.  established domicile in this state not later than one year before the census date of the academic term in which the person is enrolled in an institution of higher education; and

b. maintained that domicile continuously for the year preceding that census date;or

2. a dependent whose parent:

a. established a domicile in this state not later than one year before the census date of the academic term in which the dependent is enrolled in an institution of higher education; and

b. maintained that domicile continuously for the year preceding that census date; and

Option 3: Immigration Status

The following non-U. S. citizens may establish a domicile in this state for the purposes of establishing residency for tuition purposes:

    1. A Permanent Resident
    2. A person who has filed an I-485 application for permanent residency and has been issued a fee/filing receipt or notice of action by USCIS showing that his or her I-485 has been reviewed and has not been rejected;
    3. An eligible non-immigrant that holds a visa type allowed by the state of Texas to receive in-state tuition. 
    4. A person classified by the USCIS as a Refugee, Asylee, Parolee, Conditional Permanent Resident, or Temporary Resident;
    5. A person holding Temporary Protected Status, and Spouses and Children with approved petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), an applicant with an approved USCIS I-360, Special Agricultural Worker, and a person granted deferred action status by USCIS;
    6. A person who has filed an application for Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status under Immigration Nationality Act 240A(b) or a Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA), or the Cuban Adjustment Act, and who has been issued a fee/filing receipt or Notice of Action by USCIS; and
    7. A person who has filed for adjustment of status to that of a person admitted as a Permanent Resident under 8 United States Code 1255, or under the "registry" program (8 United States Code 1259), or the Special Immigrant Juvenile Program (8 USC 1101(a)(27)(J)) and has been issued a fee/filing receipt or Notice of Action by USCIS.

Option 4: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

In accordance with USCIS, "An individual who has received deferred action is authorized by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be present in the United States, and is therefore considered by DHS to be lawfully present during the period that deferred action is in effect." The general requirements for establishing residency will apply to these students. They will be required to fill out an affidavit stating they will at some point fill seek permanent residency. If they are already a Permanent Resident we only need a copy, front and back, of the permanent resident card.

Option 5: Military Status

Students who have maintained a legal residence in Texas throughout their military service.  These students will need to provide a copy of their leave and earnings statement.

Students who are not Texas residents may be able to pay the same tuition as a Texas Resident depending on where they live. Visit our Non-Resident Classification page to see what tuition and fee rate you will be paying. 

If you have further questions not listed on our website please contact our campus Residency Officer, Chrissy Gonzalez, at cgonzalez@tamut.edu or 903.223.3180.  You can also visit Enrollment Services in the University Center for further assistance.

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