Texas Residency Documentation
Determining Resident Status
The Central Texas College Admissions Office is responsible for determining residency status of students for tuition purposes. The office of Admissions is directed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Administrative Code Rule 21.24 and Regulations: Determination of Resident Status. Under state statutes and regulations a prospective student is classified as a resident, nonresident, or an international student and all rules and regulations are subject to change.
For Military and Veteran students: Many Texans in the U.S. Armed Services or National Guard attend one of our many campuses worldwide. If you’re serving or have served in the military and seeking higher education, the College for All Texans website will walk you through some important information on special benefits and rules. Central Texas College thanks you for your service and wishes you the best of luck in your college career.
The following persons shall be classified as Texas residents and entitled to pay resident tuition at Central Texas College:
1. A person who 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 maintained a residence continuously in this state 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 in an institution.
2. A person who established a 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 maintained a domicile continuously in the state for the 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution.
3. A dependent whose parent established a domicile in this state not less than 12 months before the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution; and maintained a domicile continuously in the state for 12 months immediately preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution. (A dependent is a person who is less than 18 years of age and has not been emancipated by marriage or court order; or is eligible to be claimed as a dependent of a parent of the person for purposes of determining the parent’s income tax liability under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.)
NOTE If a person who qualifies for residency under item 1 is not a U.S. citizen or a Permanent Resident of the U.S. per SB 1528 the person shall, in addition to the other requirements of this section, provide the institution with a signed affidavit stating that he or she will apply to become a Permanent Resident of the U.S. as soon as the person becomes eligible to apply.
Proof of Residence in Texas
If the Office of Admissions and Recruitment requests proof of Texas residency, you must submit one of the following from both A and B:
A. Physical Residency: Submit one document from the list below to support physical presence for 12 consecutive months in Texas. Additional documents may be required to support a claim for Texas resident status.
- Utility bills in name of the person.
- Texas high school transcript.
- Transcript from a Texas institution.
- Texas driver’s license or Texas ID card showing origination date.
- Texas voter registration card showing origination date.
- Pay stubs.
- Bank statements.
- Written statements from one or more social service agencies.
- Lease or rental of residential real property in the name of the person.
B. Domicile: Submit one document from the list below to support establishment of domicile in Texas.
- Employer-provided employment verification, proof of self-employment or living off earnings statement, with supporting bank statements (must show student's Texas address.)
- Ownership in real property sole or joint.
- Marriage to a person who has established and maintained domicile in Texas.
- Ownership in a Business in part or whole in Texas.
Additional Documentation: The following documents may lend support to clarify domicile or physical presence in Texas.
- Tax returns for most recent tax year.
- Visa, passport, or other pertinent immigration documents.
- Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) or Enlisted Record Brief (ERB).
- License to conduct business in Texas.
If you are reclassifying from non-resident to Texas resident, please complete a Core Residency Information form.
For more information concerning residency, please refer to the College for All Texans website.