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Rules and Regulations for Determining Residence Status for Tuition Purposes General Rules

Residency for Tuition

The determination of residency classification for tuition purposes is governed by statutes enacted by the Texas Legislature and rules and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A student is initially classified either as a resident of Texas or a non-resident of Texas, for tuition purposes, based on the information provided on their  ApplyTexas Application. If a student is classified as a non-resident and wishes to be considered for reclassification as a resident, it is necessary to submit the Residency Core Questionnaire to the Testing Center.  Documentation may be requested by the institution in order to resolve issues raised by the information provided in response to the questions.  Request for review or reclassification of residency status must be made prior to the twentieth class day.

Individuals can establish residency in two ways.  One is based on the establishment of domicile, and the other based on graduation from high school. The following information is neither exhaustive nor complete and should not be interpreted as such. For detailed information about regulations relating to residency in the State of Texas, visit the College for All Texans Residency Information page.

Residency by Establishing Domicile

Residency by establishing a domicile in Texas is available to the following:

  • Citizens or permanent residents of the US (Non-citizens and non-permanent residents may also use this option if they have an application for permanent residency on file with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.)
  • International students who hold an eligible visa.

If you are independent for tax purposes, you may gain resident status if you establish domicile in Texas.  If your parent/court appointed legal guardian claims you as a dependent on their federal income tax return, they must establish domicile in Texas for you to claim residency.

To establish domicile, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Live in Texas for 12 consecutive months; and
  2. Establish and maintain domicile for 12 consecutive months by doing one of the following:
    • Be gainfully employed in Texas (Student jobs do not qualify as gainful employment.)
    • Own residential real property in Texas
    • Own a business in Texas
    • Have a state or local license to practice a profession
    • Be married for one year to a person who has established domicile in Texas

Residency Through High School Graduation

Residency through high school graduation is available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and to international students.
To establish residency through high school graduation, you must

  1. Graduate from a Texas high school or receive a GED in Texas; and
  2. Live in Texas for the 36 months immediately before high school graduation; and
  3. Live in Texas for the 12 months immediately before the census date of the semester in which you enroll at Angelo State University.
    • If you are an international student seeking residency through high school graduation, you must submit a Residency Affidavit Form stating that you will apply for permanent residency when you are eligible to do so.

Waivers to Pay Resident Tuition

A nonresident person, (including a Citizen, a Permanent Resident of the U.S., a person who is eligible to be a Permanent Resident of the U.S., and an eligible nonimmigrant) may qualify to pay resident tuition based on one of the following waiver programs.  The individual remains classified as a non-resident, but a waiver of non-resident tuition is given for each semester of eligibility.

  • The non-resident student or student’s non-resident spouse or parent is a member of the Armed Forces or a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service and is stationed in Texas. A completed Active Duty Military/Dependent Certification Form should be submitted to the Office of The Registrar prior to registration.
  • The non-resident student is employed at least half-time as a teaching or research assistant in a position related to his/her degree program at a Texas public institution of higher education. The non-resident spouse and dependent children of the student shall also pay resident tuition.
  • The non-resident student or student’s non-resident spouse or parent is employed at least half-time on a regular monthly salaried basis as a teacher or professor at a Texas public institution of higher education.
  • The non-resident student holds an approved competitive scholarship from Angelo State University of at least $1,000 for the academic year or summer awarded by an official Angelo State University scholar­ship committee.
  •  The non-resident student or student’s non-resident spouse or parent has been transferred to Texas by an Economic Development and Diversification program established as part of the state’s Economic Development and Diversification program. 
  • The non-resident student is a New Mexico resident who resides in a county bordering Texas.
  • The non-resident student is an Oklahoma resident who resides in a county bordering Texas.

For a complete listing of waiver programs, visit the College for All Texans Residency Information page.

Residency Appeals

If you have submitted the Residency Core Questionnaire form and have been classified as a non-Texas resident after review of the form, you have the option to appeal your residency determination.

To appeal your determination, you must write a letter stating why you should be considered a Texas resident and providing any additional information to state your case further. Your letter should be addressed to the Residency Appeals Committee. The committee will review the information you submit and make a determination; the decision of the Residency Appeals Committee is final.  Request for review or reclassification of residency status must be made prior to the twentieth class day.

Residency determinations are based on state statutes and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules and regulations that interpret those statutes. The residency officials at Angelo State University must abide by the statutes and regulations when making residency determinations.

Further Questions

If you have any questions regarding residency for tuition purposes, please contact Lorri Morris at 325-942-2624, or you may ask in person by visiting Room 291 of the Vincent Building.