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 have been issued a Permanent Resident card issued from the 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