Residency Information

Texas Residency

Texas law determines how each student who applies for admission to a Texas public college or university is classified for tuition purposes. Each applicant will be classified as one of the following:

  • Texas Resident,
  • Non-Resident, or
  • Foreign (International)

This is important for applicants because it determines whether you will pay resident or non-resident rates, which differ significantly. In addition, this is important because it may affect your financial aid eligibility. To view the differences in rates between residents and non-residents, please visit our Bursar's Office published tuition and fees tables. They are available online at: https://www.tamiu.edu/fixedtuition/index.shtml

Determination of Residency Status

When you submit an application for admission, we use the information you provide to make a residency determination. The rules that govern such determinations are posted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. If the information in your application for admission requires further clarification or requires further documentation to support your claim of physical residence in Texas, we will contact you directly.

Essentially, State of Texas statutes require that applicants claiming residency meet two conditions:

  1. Establish Domicile in Texas AND

  2. Maintain residency in the State of Texas for 12 consecutive months

Applicants who are unable to provide documentation to establish residency status are classified as a non-residents.

Residency Reclassification

If you have been classified as a non-resident and would like to get reviewed for reclassification, you will need to submit our Core Residency Questionnaire for initial review. Based on your responses, we may ask you to provide documentation to support your claim of residency.


The following forms are available for all applicants:

Texas Core Residency Questionnaire
Proof of Texas Residency
Visas Eligible to Claim Texas Residency

For more information on residency, contact our office.