Residency Questions and Answers (FAQ)

What are the requirements for paying in-state tuition in Texas?

Independent students who have resided and established domicile in the state of Texas for 12 consecutive months may be eligible to be considered residents of Texas for tuition purposes.  Dependent students may base residency on a parent or court-appointed legal guardian.  The parent or court-appointed legal guardian, however, must have resided and established domicile in Texas for 12 consecutive months.  When applying for a Residency reclassification, please submit a completed and signed Core Residency Questions form and required supporting documents as listed in the Documentation to Support Domicile and Residency.  If you are basing residency on a parent or court-appointed legal guardian, you must submit documents pertaining to the person on which residency is based.  Failure to submit supporting documents will result in a delayed decision.  Individuals who hold eligible visas may also qualify for in state tuition.  For a list of qualifying Visa types, please visit the College for All Texans page

How do I request a residency reclassification/review?

A request for reclassification or review of residency must be made before the census date of the semester (the 12th class day).  Please review the complete guidelines and requirements posted on the TAMUK residency web page.  If you feel you are entitled to receive in state tuition you may request a residency reclassification.  To be considered for Texas residency, please submit a Core Residency Questions form or Senate Bill 1528 affidavit if you meet the requirements.  The residency questionnaire must be submitted along with proof of at least 12 months residency in Texas.  From the date the documents are received it will take between 5-10 business days for a decision to be reached.  Once a decision is reached the student’s residency will be updated in Blue & Gold and an email will be sent to the student notifying them of the change.

Where can I get a residency questionnaire?

The Core Residency Questions form is available at the Javelina Enrollment Services Center in the Memorial Student Union Building Room 132 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville which is located at 700 University Blvd in Kingsville, Texas. You may download the Core Residency Questions form or request one by email to admissions@tamuk.edu.

What documents are required for residency reclassification/review?

The residency questionnaire must be submitted along with proof of at least 12 months residency in Texas for the student or the person(s) on whom the student is basing residency.  Please review the complete guidelines and requirements posted on the TAMUK residency web page.  You may download the Core Residency Questions form and the list of Documentation to Support Domicile and Residency or request one by email to admissions@tamuk.edu.

How do I know if I qualify for residency under Senate Bill 1528?

Senate Bill 1528 grants residency for tuition purposes to noncitizens, nonpermanent residents, and visa holders.  If a student attends a Texas high school for 36 months prior to graduation or resides in Texas for 36 months prior to the receipt of a GED, the student may qualify for resident tuition.  If you believe you are eligible for Senate Bill 1528, you must submit a signed and notarized affidavit and an official high school transcript/GED certificate with date and scores.  Note:  If you currently hold a Student Visa or will be applying for 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.

My parents claim me as a dependent.  How do I establish residency?

If your parents reside in the state of Texas and are claiming you on their federal income tax, then your residency will be Texas if your parents meet the residency requirements. Please review the complete guidelines and requirements posted on the TAMUK residency web page.  You must submit the Core Residency Questions form with supporting documentation that proves your parents domicile and presence in the State of Texas as stated in the questionnaire.  An income tax form showing the student as a dependent must accompany the documentation.

My parents live out of state and claim me as a dependent.  Can I establish residency?

If your parents claim you on federal income taxes and they are residents of a state other than Texas, you are not eligible to establish Texas residency while being claimed as a dependent in that state.

One of my parents is a Texas resident but I live out of state.  How do I establish residency?

You can base Texas residency on the parent who resides in Texas if that parent claims you on their federal income tax and meets the residency requirements. Please review the complete guidelines and requirements posted on the TAMUK residency web page.  You must submit the Core Residency Questions form with supporting documentation that proves your parent domiciles in the State of Texas as stated in the questionnaire.  An income tax form showing the student as a dependent must accompany the documentation.

If I am temporarily absent from Texas, will I lose my status as a Texas resident?

A temporary absence by a student or by the parent of a student (upon whom the student bases his or her residency) does not affect the student’s ability to claim residency if the temporary absence is the result of:

  • Service in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Public Health Service, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Department of State
  • An employment assignment
  • Educational purposes

The person or the dependent’s parent must provide documentation of the reason for the temporary absence.  To claim a temporary absence, a student or parent must first establish Texas residency.  Non-resident classification may result if the temporary absence occurs before completion of at least one year of residency connected to establishment of a domicile.

I am married to a Texas resident. Do I automatically qualify for residency?

Marriage to a Texas resident does not give that person immediate residency. A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident who is the spouse of a Texas resident must live in the state of Texas for 12 consecutive months. The spouse is allowed to attend school during the 12 months if he or she chooses but will pay out-of-state tuition for the first 12 months.  After one year, if there is enough evidence to indicate that the individual has otherwise made Texas their permanent residence they may apply for reclassification. A student must complete the Core Residency Questions form and provide appropriate supporting documentation.

I am a member of the military.  How does that affect my residency status for tuition purposes?

Establishment of a domicile in Texas requires twelve consecutive months physical presence in the state. The military member must simultaneously file a copy of the DD2058 used to change state of legal residence to Texas and additional appropriate documentation to change his or her military records to reflect Texas as the state of legal residency.

I am currently active duty military. How do I get the out-of-state tuition waived?

Active duty military may have their out-of-state tuition waived by completing the Military Residency Declaration form(Military Residency) and having their commanding officer sign the form.  A student must be stationed in Texas as part of an active duty unit.  The student will retain the waiver as long as he/she is continuously enrolled.  The student will remain non-resident status for admission purposes but will be eligible to pay in-state tuition until he/she separates from the armed forces or retires.

I am an international student.  How do I establish residency?

An international student is not eligible for Texas residency unless their Visa allows them to domicile in the State of Texas.  For a list of qualifying Visa types, please visit the College for All Texans page.    If you believe you qualify, please review the complete guidelines and requirements posted on the International Students residency web page.

I won’t meet the minimum residency requirements until after the semester has started.  Will I be coded a Texas resident immediately?

The Residency Core Questions form and documentation must be submitted by the official census date (12th class day) 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.

I just got my tuition bill and it shows Non-Resident tuition.  I am a Texas resident.  What do I do now?

If you just received your tuition bill, and classes have not yet started, you still have time to have your residency reclassified/reviewed.  If the payment deadline is soon, we recommend that you make the minimum payment required to hold your classes while your residency is under review.  You may contact the Business Office to find out how to start a payment plan.  For information on what is required to change your residency status, please review the complete guidelines and requirements posted on the TAMUK residency web page.  You may download the Core Residency Questions form and the list of Documentation to Support Domicile and Residency or request one by email to admissions@tamuk.edu.

Who do I contact if I have questions about residency?

If you are a current undergraduate applicant to Texas A&M University-Kingsville, you may contact the Office of Admission by phone at 361-593-2315 or email at admissions@tamuk.edu.  Residency for graduate applicants is processed by the College of Graduate Studies, grad.studies@tamuk.edu.  Residency for current/continuing students is processed by the Registrar’s Office, registrar@tamuk.edu