International Students

International students who are eligible to establish a domicile in Texas may also qualify for Texas resident status.  Students with an F-1 Visa do not qualify.  For a list of qualifying Visa types, please visit the College for All Texans residency page.

The Rule of 36/12

A person is entitled to classification as a resident for tuition purposes if that person:

  1. graduated from a Texas public or accredited private high school, and
  2. resided in Texas for the 36 consecutive months (3 years) leading up to graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent, and
  3. resided in Texas the 12 consecutive months (1 year) leading up to the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in the institution of higher education

If you are neither a US Citizen nor been have issued a Permanent Resident card issued from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), you are considered as an International Student and must also submit a copy of the Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident stating that you will apply for permanent residency when you are eligible to do so.  Note:  If you currently hold a Student Visa or will be applying for a Student Visa to attend school in the U.S., please check with the international student services office on the campus before you apply for classification as a Texas resident.  To contact the TAMUK Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS), click here 

Independent Individual Basing Residency on Self

Independent students are those who provide more than half of their own financial support and are not eligible to be claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes.

A person is entitled to classification as a resident for tuition purposes if that person:

  1. established a residence in Texas not less than 12 consecutive months (1 year) before the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in the institution of higher education, and
  2. maintained the residency in Texas continuously for the 12 months (1 year) leading up to the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in the institution of higher education

The student will be required to submit a completed Core Residency Questionnaire and provide supporting documentation.  For more information on establishing residency as an independent, click here.

Dependent Individual Basing Residency on Parent or Guardian

Dependent students are those who are eligible to be claimed as a dependent of a parent or legal guardian for income tax purposes or who are less than 18 years of age and have not been emancipated by marriage or court order.

A dependent person is entitled to classification as a resident for tuition purposes if the parent or guardian of that person:

  1. established a residence in Texas not less than 12 consecutive months (1 year) before the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in the institution of higher education, and
  2. maintained the residency in Texas continuously for the 12 months (1 year) leading up to the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in the institution of higher education

The student will be required to submit a completed Core Residency Questionnaire and provide supporting documentation.  For more information on establishing residency as a dependent, click here.