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Residency for In-State Tuition

Texas law authorizes persons classified as Texas residents to pay in-state tuition, a rate of tuition that is generally three times lower than for those classified as non-residents.

Residency for tuition purposes is different from residency for voting, obtaining a driver's license, or tax purposes.

Determining Residency

When you apply to Tarleton State University, the answers to the residency questions on the application will determine if you receive in-state tuition or non-resident tuition. It is your responsibility to answer all questions honestly during the application process. 

The student has the burden of proof to show by clear and convincing evidence that residence or domicile, as appropriate, has been established and maintained according to the rules. If you believe that your residency status may be incorrect at the time of your application or if your residency status has changed, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Establishing Residency

Students can obtain Texas Residency in several ways.

High School Graduation in Texas
Establishing Domicile
Immigration Status

Am I an Independent or Dependent Student?

Independent Student
Dependent Student

Reclassification of Residency

Current students that are enrolled at Tarleton State University may submit an Application for Reclassification once they (independent) or their parents (if parents claim a student as a dependent) have lived in Texas for 12 consecutive months and submit supporting documentation to prove their residency status. Additional documentation may be required to establish Texas residency. Residency rules are subject to change at any time due to Texas legislation.

If a parent claims the student on income tax, they must attach the first page of the taxes that list the student as a dependent for the year prior and year of enrollment. If a student or parent would like to file for residency reclassification, they must submit proof of domicile and presence in the State of Texas as stated in the Application for Reclassification.

Please submit documentation to:
Undergraduate Admissions
Box T-0030
Stephenville, TX 76402

Residency applications for reclassification must be submitted by the official census date of the relevant term in order for a Texas resident classification to be effective for that current semester. If a student meets requirements after the official census date, the reclassification will be applied to the next relevant term.

Military Personnel and Dependents of Military Personnel
Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants
Teachers, Professors, and Their Dependents
Filing an Appeal

It is the responsibility of each student to verify his/her residency status prior to the start of a semester and request any change or update any errors to their residency status prior to the census date of that semester.