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Your initial residency classification is determined by ApplyTexas based on information provided in the admission application. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has established rules that govern Texas residency for higher education in Texas. For detailed information about regulations relating to residency in the State of Texas, visit the College for All Texans Residency Information page.

Options for Establishing Texas Residency

Individuals can establish residency a few different ways. The following persons shall be classified as Texas residents and entitled to pay resident tuition.

High School Graduation in Texas

To establish residency through high school graduation, a person must:

  1. Graduate from a high school in Texas or receive a GED in Texas; and
  2. Physically reside in Texas for the 36 consecutive months immediately prior to high school graduation; and
  3. Physically reside in Texas for the 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the census date of the semester in which the student enrolls in a Texas public college or university

Establishing and Maintaining Domicile

This option for establishing residency in Texas is available to:

  • Independent Individuals

    1. An individual who provides more than one half of their own financial support, and is not eligible to be claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes, AND
    2. Has established and maintained their domicile in Texas for the 12 consecutive months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which they enroll at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
  • Dependant Individuals

    1. An individual whose parent or court-appointed legal guardian claims the student as a dependent for federal income tax purposes (or provides more than half of the student's financial support for those not subject to US federal income taxes), AND
    2. Has established a domicile in Texas not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in which they enroll at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, AND
    3. Has maintained a residence continuously in the state for the 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in the institution.

    Students are not able to obtain residency through family members, sponsors, or individuals who are not their biological or adoptive parent, or court-appointed legal guardian, even if that person claims them on taxes or provides the majority of their financial need.

Military Status

To establish residency based off of Military Status, follow below guidelines:

The following information is provided for members, spouses, or dependents of United States Armed Services service members. These applicants and/or students qualify as Texas residents in one of these two ways:

  • The service member's Home of Record with the military is Texas.
  • The service member’s Home of Record is not Texas, but the applicant and/or student is able to provide Undergraduate Admissions with Leave and Earnings Statements that show the member has claimed Texas as their place or residence for the 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment.

Residency Reclassification

As a student, it is your responsibility to ensure your residency classification is accurate when you register for courses and if not, corrections are made to your classification before the census date of the applicable semester. Any applicant or student classified as a non-resident who wishes to be considered for reclassification as a resident, must submit the Core Residency Questions. Along with the form, the applicant or student must submit supporting documentation that proves residency for tuition purposes. Often times, an applicant or student will submit the Core Residency Questions and upon receipt, Undergraduate Admissions will request additional documentation specific to the way the Core Residency questions were answered.

Non-Resident Tuition Waivers

Students who do not meet any of the above criteria for establishing residency for tuition purposes may still be eligible to pay the resident tuition rate. We’ve provided a list of the most common waivers used at TAMUCT. For a complete list of non-resident tuition waivers, please visit (types of financial aid). If you believe you qualify, it is your responsibility to contact us and submit all appropriate documentation prior to the census date of the applicable semester.

  • Non-Resident Tuition Waiver For Active Military Personnel, Spouses and Dependents
  • Non-Resident Tuition Waiver For Veterans, Spouses and Dependents

Please Note: Receiving the benefit of a tuition waiver does not qualify the recipient as a Texas Resident; rather, waives the out-of-state charges.