Qualifying for resident tuition: Texas Residency at UHCL
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rule 21.25 requires that each student applying
for enrollment at an institution must respond to a set of core residency questions
for the purpose of determining the student’s eligibility for classification as a resident.
This information will not be processed unless a current application for admission
is on file.
Resident status for tuition purposes in the State of Texas is governed by the Texas
Education Code, Section 54.052 through 54.064 and rules and regulations promulgated
by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Failure to provide complete and
accurate information, supporting documentation and appropriate signatures will delay
processing, and may result in denial of your application for residency.
- Requests for reclassification must be received prior to the official census date of
the term for which you are requesting reclassification. The official census date is
the twelfth class day of fall and spring semesters, and the fourth class day of the
regular summer term.
- Students should submit their request at least 30 days prior to the official census
date. Generally, your request will be processed within 7 to 10 university business
days from the date your file is completed.
- Requests for a change in residency received after the official census date will be
considered for the following semester.
Residency Deadlines (census dates)
||September 9, 2015
||February 3, 2016
||June 14, 2016
Core Residency Questions
If you believe you qualify for resident tuition rates based on the criteria stated
below, please review and complete the Residency Core Questions form.
If you are a new student to UHCL, or you have submitted or will submit a new application
for the semester in which you are applying, then please submit your form to the Office of Admissions:
- pdf or jpg in an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- by fax to: 281-283-2522, or
- in person at Room 1.101- Student Services Classroom Building
If you are already enrolled as a student at UHCL, or, you are eligible to re-enroll
without submitting a new application for the semester in which you are applying, then
please submit your form to the Office of Academic Records:
- pdf or jpg in an email to: email@example.com
- by fax to: 281-283-2530, or
- in person at Student Assistance Center- located in the Student Services Classroom Building
For additional questions or concerns regarding residency, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be considered a resident for tuition purposes; you must have an eligible legal
status, and be gainfully employed in Texas at least 12 consecutive months prior to
enrollment in an institution of higher education. If you are basing your claim to
residency on a parent or spouse, they must have met the same residency requirements,
and have claimed you as a dependent on their federal income tax return for both the
year of enrollment and the previous tax year.
Additional rules and waivers
There are additional rules and opportunities for waivers. To view the entire list
of rules and exceptions, go to the College For All Texans Residency Information page.
Texas High School Graduates or GED Recipients
You may qualify for Texas residency if you meet the following:
- Lived in Texas the past 12 months, and
- Lived in Texas three years leading up to graduation from a Texas public or private
accredited high school or three years prior to receiving your GED in Texas.
Any individual wishing to qualify under this provision who is not a U.S. citizen or
Permanent Resident of the United States must complete and be eligible to certify and
submit an Affidavit of Intent in addition to the Core Residency Questions.
International Students with Qualifying Visas
If you are a non-immigrant who is present in the United States on a temporary or student
visa, you are not eligible for reclassification to resident tuition status. If you
are a student on a non-immigrant visa permitting residence, you may also be eligible
to receive resident tuition rates, based on the same regulations in effect for U.S.
citizens. Go to the College For All Texans Residency Information page for the current list of eligible visas.
U.S. Permanent Residents and Students Applying for U.S. Permanent Residency
If you are a non-immigrant who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence
in the United States, we will consider you for Texas residency based on the same regulations
in effect for U.S. citizens. If you are a non-immigrant who has a petition with the
U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service that has been accepted or is in the applicant
stage; and you can provide a copy of your I-485 approval or I-485 receipt, you can
request consideration for Texas resident tuition based on the same regulations in
effect for U.S. citizens.
Changing or Correcting Your Residency or Waiver Status
It is your responsibility to notify the Office of Admissions (for UHCL applicants
or new students) or the Office of Academic Records (for currently enrolled students)
if you believe you have been incorrectly classified, or you have a change in eligibility
status. These changes include becoming a non-resident, being denied a pending legal
status, etc. If you wish to file a request for a change in residency, or request a
waiver based on the current rules and regulations, you should submit the appropriate
paperwork and documentation at least 30 days prior to the desired semester.
Making Tuition Payments
It is your responsibility to make the initial payments or payment arrangements if
you do not provide the appropriate information in time for UHCL to review your tuition
status. Students are expected to make payments or payment arrangements by the appropriate
payment deadlines for each semester.