Central Texas College

Texas Residency Documentation

Determining Residence Status

The Central Texas College Admissions Office is responsible for determining residency status of students for tuition purposes. The office is directed by state statutes and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules and Regulations: Determining Residence Status. All rules and regulations are subject to change. Under state statutes and regulations a prospective student is classified as a resident, nonresident, or foreign student. Although state requirements for establishing residency are complex and prospective students should refer to their particular circumstance, most individuals must meet one of the following residency requirements before they can be considered residents for tuition purposes.

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., 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

The following documents may be required to support residence in Texas for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the census date of the term in which the person enrolls. These documents do not show the establishment of a domicile.

1. Utility bills for the 12 consecutive months preceding the census date.

2. A Texas high school transcript for full senior year immediately preceding the census date.

3. A transcript from a Texas institution showing presence in the state for the 12 consecutive months preceding the census date.

4. A Texas driver’s license or Texas ID card that has not expired and, if it reflects an origination date, shows an origination date at least 12 months prior to the census date.

5. Cancelled checks that reflect a Texas residence for the 12 consecutive months preceding the census date.

6. A current credit report that documents the length and place of residence of the person or the dependent’s parent to be in Texas and the length of residence to be at least 12 consecutive months preceding the census date.

7. Texas voter registration card that was issued at least 12 months prior to the census date.

8. Pay stubs for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the census date, reflecting significantly gainful employment in Texas.

9. Bank statements reflecting a Texas address for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the census date.

10. Written statements from the office of one or more social service agencies, attesting to the provision of services for at least the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the census date.

11. Lease or rental of residential real property in the name of the person or the dependent’s parent for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the census date.


Other Documents that May be Used to Lend Support To or Clarify Person's Claim of Domicile or Residence

1. Tax return of the student or parent(s).

2. Visa, passport, or other pertinent immigration documents.

3. Leave and Earning Statements (LES).

4. Documents or statements to clarify answers to Core Residency Questions.

5. A Texas high school transcript to verify 36 months presence in the state and graduation from a Texas high school.

6. State or local licenses to conduct a business or practice a profession in this state.


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.