Frequently Asked Questions

Rules and regulations for determining residence status are set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Additional THECB residency information can be found at www.collegeforalltexans.com.

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Where do I turn in my residency questions and/or affidavit?

How do I establish residency?

How do I establish a domicile in Texas?

How do I get reclassified if I feel I now qualify as a Texas resident?

If I am temporarily absent from Texas, will I lose my status as a Texas resident?

How can I obtain the residency core questions or residency affidavit?

What other documents should I turn in with the core questions?

My parents are claiming me as a dependent for tax purposes. How do I establish residency or how do they establish residency?

My parents live in a state other than Texas and they are claiming me as a dependent on taxes. Can I establish residency?

I am an international student and I want to know how I can establish residency.

I am international student who has attended a Texas high school for three consecutive years. Can I qualify for Texas residency?

I am currently enrolled at a Texas college or university and am classified as a Texas resident. Will my residency status transfer to UT Dallas?

I am currently active-duty military. How can I have my out-of-state tuition waived so I can pay in-state tuition?

I am a member of the military. What would I have to do to be considered a resident?

I live in a state other than Texas and I am marrying a Texas resident. Does marriage to a Texas resident make me a Texas resident?

My application for residency was denied by the residency committee. What can I do now?

What is the resident status for teachers, professors and their dependents?

I am a student and employed as a teaching or research assistant; can I get in-state tuition?

What other waivers are available for which I may be eligible?

I received resident status some time after classes started. Will I get a refund for the out-of-state portion fees that I have previously paid?

I couldn't find an answer to my question in this FAQ list. Who can I contact for more information?

Q. Where do I turn in my Residency Questions, supporting documents and/or Affidavit?

A.

In person at:
The University of Texas at Dallas
Office of Enrollment Management
Student Services Building, 1st Floor

Or by mail to:
The University of Texas at Dallas
Office of Enrollment Management
800 West Campbell Road
Mail Station SSB 11
Richardson, TX 75083

Or by fax to:
972-883-6335

Q. How do I establish residency?

A. You must satisfy one of the following sets of criteria:

  1.  Be 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, receive 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 you enroll at UT Dallas; or,
  2.  Be an applicant or student who:
    1. established a domicile in Texas not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in which you enroll 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 you enroll at UT Dallas; or
  3. Be 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 (you) 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 (you) enrolls at UT Dallas.

Q. How do I establish a domicile in Texas?

A. You must physically reside in Texas with the intent to maintain domicile in Texas for at least the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the full-term census date of the term you enroll at UT Dallas.  The checklist that is on page 4 of the core residency questions outlines documentation that may be used to demonstrate the establishment of a domicile.

Q. How do I get reclassified if I feel I now qualify as a Texas resident?

A. You may petition for reclassification by completing the core residency questions and returning the completed form with all supporting documents to the Office of the Registrar prior to the first day of class for the current term.


Q. If I am temporarily absent from Texas, will I lose my status as a Texas resident?

A. A temporary absence from Texas, by you or your parent (if a dependent), will not affect your (or your parent’s) ability to continue to claim that Texas is your domicile. You must have the intention to return to Texas for any absence to be considered temporary. 


Q. How can I obtain the residency core questions or residency affidavit?

A. The residency core questions and the residency affidavit are available on the residency forms page. You may also visit the Enrollment Management front desk in the 1st Floor of the Student Services Building.

Q. What other documents should I turn in with the core questions?

A. You are not required to submit any supporting documents with the initial residency core questions submitted as part of an application for admission to UT Dallas, or to augment an application for admission to UT Dallas. If you are seeking reclassification, you must submit documentation as stated on page four of the residency core questions. After reviewing your residency core questions form, the residency committee may request documentation. You will be notified via your UT Dallas e-mail account if additional information is required.


Q. My parents are claiming me as a dependent for federal income tax purposes. How do I establish residency, or how do they establish residency?

A. If you are claimed as a dependent by your parents for federal income tax purposes, then your domicile is presumed to be the same as that of your parents. To establish residency, your parents must establish a domicile in Texas at least 12 months prior to census day and maintain that domicile for the 12 months immediately preceding census day. 

Q. My parents live in a state other than Texas and they are claiming me as a dependent on taxes. Can I establish residency?

A. If you are claimed as a dependent by your parents for federal income tax purposes, then your domicile is presumed to be the same as that of your parents. If your parents have established a domicile outside of Texas, then you are not eligible for resident tuition classification. 


Q. I am an international student. How I can establish residency?

A. Certain international applicants and students are legally eligible to establish and maintain a domicile in Texas and can obtain Texas residency if they meet the residency requirements as listed in this FAQ. The applicant or student must be:

  • A person who is eligible for permanent resident status, which is defined as, “A person who has filed an I-485 application for permanent residency and has been issued a fee/filing receipt or notice of action by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing that his or her I-485 has been reviewed and has not been rejected”;
  • An eligible nonimmigrant who holds one of the types of visas posted on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's website;
  • A person classified by the USCIS as a Refugee, Asylee, Parolee, Conditional Permanent Resident, or Temporary Resident;
  • A person holding temporary protected status, and spouses and children with approved petitions under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), an applicant with an approved USCIS I-360, special agricultural worker, and a person granted deferred action status by USCIS;
  • A person who has filed an application for Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status under Immigration Nationality Act 240A(b) or a Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), Haitian Refugee Immigrant Fairness Act (HRIFA), or the Cuban Adjustment Act, and who has been issued a fee/filing receipt or Notice of Action by USCIS; or
  • A person who has filed for adjustment of status to that of a person admitted as a Permanent Resident under 8 United States Code 1255, or under the "registry" program (8 United States Code 1259), or the Special Immigrant Juvenile Program (8 USC 1101(a)(27)(J)) and has been issued a fee/filing receipt or Notice of Action by USCIS.
  • Q. I am an international student who has attended a Texas high school for three consecutive years. Can I qualify for Texas residency?

    A. You may qualify for Texas residency regardless of immigration status if you:

      1. Graduated from a public or accredited private high school in Texas or, as an alternative to high school graduation, you 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 you enrolled at UT Dallas.

    If you meet the above criteria, you are also required to complete a signed affidavit (in the form provided in chart I, which is incorporated into this subchapter for all purposes), stating that you will apply to become a permanent resident of the U.S. as soon as you become eligible to apply.


    Q. I am currently enrolled at a Texas college or university and classified as a Texas resident. Will my residency status transfer to UT Dallas?

    A. If you are enrolled in a Texas institution of higher education for any part of the academic year prior to enrollment at UT Dallas, and were classified as a resident of Texas during that year, you will be classified as a Texas resident at UT Dallas. You are required to provide verification of your residency classification at your previous institution. Please see the residency officer at your previous school for a memo that states your resident status.


    Q. I am currently on active duty in the military. How can I have my out-of-state tuition waived so I can pay in-state tuition?

    A. Please contact Buddy Sherbet in the Financial Aid Office at 972-883-4336.


    Q. I am a member of the military. What would I have to do to be considered a resident?

    A. Members of the military may visit The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for information on qualifying for resident tuition. You and your family members may be entitled to a waiver of out-of-state tuition and fees. Please contact Buddy Sherbet in the Financial Aid Office at 972-883-4336.


    Q. I live in a state other than Texas and I am marrying a Texas resident. Does marriage to a Texas resident make me a Texas resident?

    A. Marriage to a Texas resident does not make you a Texas resident. You must meet the residency requirements to be classified as a Texas resident on your own. However, marriage to a person who has established and maintained domicile in Texas may lend support to your claim regarding your intent to establish and maintain a domicile in Texas.


    Q. My application for residency was denied by the residency committee. What can I do now?

    A. Applicants to UT Dallas may appeal to the residency chair for Enrollment Services.
    Currently enrolled UT Dallas students may appeal to the University Registrar. The decision of the Registrar is final.


    Q. What is the resident status for teachers, professors and their dependents?

    A. Please visit the Financial Aid website for information about waivers for teachers, professors and their dependents.


    Q. I am a UT Dallas student and employed as a UT Dallas teaching or research assistant, can I get in state tuition?

    A. Please visit the Financial Aid website for information about waivers for UT Dallas teaching and research assistants.


    Q. What other waivers are available for which I may be eligible?

    A. Information concerning waivers is available at www.collegeforalltexans.com.


    Q. I was reclassified to resident status some time after classes started. Will I get a refund for the out of state portion of the tuition and fees that I have previously paid?

    A. If your classification was changed prior to the full-term census date, you are entitled to a refund of any amount paid in excess of the resident rate. If your classification is changed after the full-term census date, you will be assessed tuition and fees at the resident rate beginning with your next term of enrollment.

    Q. I couldn't find an answer to my question in this FAQ list. Who can I contact for more information?

    A. If you have questions for which you cannot find an answer, please e-mail residency@utdallas.edu.

Updated: November 21, 2011