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All credit students must provide documentation that proves your residency status at the time of admission.
The amount of tuition you are charged is based on your residency classification, which is determined according to the information you submit. Find out more about tuition and residency in Paying for College.
The general residency classifications are as follows:
Your residency classification is based on rules and regulations established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. If you have questions about residency, contact your college Admissions/Registrar’s Office or visit the Coordinating Board website.
The following criteria classifies a person as a Texas resident:
Important note: Be aware that Dallas County limits and Dallas city limits are NOT the same. It is entirely possible to live outside of Dallas County yet still have a Dallas city address.
The following documents MAY be used to establish domicile in Texas:
The following documents may be used to provide support to a claim of residence in Texas for at least 12 months before registration. Please note that this list
is not exhaustive and that establishing residency is not the same as
establishing domicile. It is entirely possible to establish residency without
You must submit at least one of the following items with your application if you claim in-state status:
Once your in-state residency status is established, your classification as in-district (Dallas County resident) or out-of-district is based on where you actually reside or own property.
If you are classified as a Texas resident and live in or own real estate in Dallas County, you are eligible for the in-district tuition rate. If you meet in-state requirements but live outside Dallas County, you will pay the out-of-district tuition rate. If you move outside Dallas County on or before a semester’s certification date, you must pay the additional tuition.
To establish in-district residency, you must present a permanent (laminated) Texas driver’s license in your name showing your correct Dallas County address or one of the following:
Tuition is determined on an individual basis after your complete documentation is submitted and reviewed by the Admissions Office.
If you are a foreign national who has been granted permanent resident status that is not temporary and you have had your resident status for at least 12 months, you should follow the steps above to establish state residency. You must present your resident card with your application.
If you are a minor, or are claimed as a dependent on your parent/legal guardian’s federal income tax, you may provide the information listed above in their name. You must also include a copy of the most recent federal income tax filed listing you as a dependent.