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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)

Term Census Date
Fall 2016 September 7, 2016
Spring 2017 February 1, 2017
Summer 2017 June 13, 2017

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:
  • 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:
  • 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

Residence eligibility

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.

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Last updated: 10/20/2016 UTC
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