Establishing Texas Residency

Applicants and enrolled students at The University of Texas at Dallas are each classified as a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes. Resident classification for tuition is different from residency for voting or taxation purposes. The following applicants and students shall be classified as residents by UT Dallas:

  1. An applicant or student who:
    1. graduated from a public or accredited private high school in Texas or, as an alternative to high school graduation, received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Texas, including the successful completion of a nontraditional secondary education, and
    2. maintained a residence continuously in Texas for:
      1. the 36 months immediately preceding the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent, as applicable; and
      2. the 12 months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls at UT Dallas.
  2. An applicant or student who:
    1. established domicile in Texas not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution; and
    2. maintained domicile continuously in Texas for the 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls at UT Dallas.
  3. A dependent whose parent:
    1. established domicile in Texas not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in which the dependent enrolls at UT Dallas; and
    2. maintained domicile continuously in Texas for the 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the dependent enrolls at UT Dallas.

International students eligible to establish legal domicile in Texas may also qualify for Texas residency status; see the Residency FAQ for details.

If you are classified as a nonresident and believe you meet the above residency requirements, you may petition for reclassification by completing the Residency Core Questions prior to the first day of class for the current term.

Applicants and students who are awarded a UT Dallas competitive scholarship and are classified as non-resident/out-of-state in their admission letter may receive in conjunction with the scholarship a "competitive scholarship waiver." This waiver allows a student to pay tuition at the resident/in-state rate. The State of Texas strictly limits how many competitive scholarship waivers may be offered, and the awarding of such waivers is at the sole discretion of the University.

Due to the changing nature of residency requirements, please review any updates or changes at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Website.

Questions? Email residency@utdallas.edu.

Updated: August 28, 2012