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Texas Residency

Residency status is based on information obtained from his/her application for admission.  It is your responsibility to answer all questions on the application for admission accurately and honestly.  If you are a current student and believe that your residency status may have changed, it is your responsibility to report this to the Registrar's Office.  If you are a new student/applicant and you believe that your residency status may be incorrect, please contact the Admissions Office. 

To be a Texas resident, you MUST have resided in Texas for 12 consecutive months or more and establish a domicile in Texas PRIOR to the semester you are enrolling.  Additional documentation may be required to establish Texas residency. 

The following information applies to ALL students beginning Fall 2011:

Students who meet one of the three will be considered a TX Resident.  It is the student’s responsibility to provide clear and convincing evidence that the residence or domicile has been established and maintained in accordance with the options below:

  1. Graduated from a (Public or Private Accredited) high school in TX or earned a GED in TX AND has maintained a residence in TX the 36 months prior to high school graduation or receipt of GED AND the 12 months prior to census for the semester the student is enrolling.
  2. Establish domicile in TX not less than 12 months prior to the census for the semester the student is enrolling and maintain domicile continuously in TX 12 months prior to the census for the semester the student is enrolling.
  3. Be the dependent of a parent who has established domicile in TX not less than 12 months prior to the census for the semester the student is enrolling and maintain domicile continuously in TX the 12 months prior to the census for the semester the student is enrolling.   Please note that the domicile of the parent of a dependent is presumed to be the domicile of the dependent unless the dependent establishes residency under option (1). 

The following non-U.S. citizens are eligible to establish and maintain domicile in TX for options 2 and 3 listed above:

  1. A Permanent Resident
  2. An eligible for Permanent Resident Status-has filed and I-485 and has been issued a notice of action from USCIS (I-797) that has not be rejected
  3. An eligible nonimmigrant that has been issued a Visa type that will allow the student to domicile in the U.S.

Additional non-U.S. citizens may be eligible.  Please email Paola Fernandez at pfernandez@tamut.edu for additional information. 

An institution may request that a person provide documentation to support or clarify the answers to the Core Residency Questions.  Appropriate documents are not limited to those listed in the documentation charts.  In addition, the institution may request documents that support the information the student may provide in the Core Residency Questions, Part H.