Residency Requirements

Residency Information

The determination of residency classification for tuition purposes is governed by statues enacted by the Texas Legislature and rules and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Texas law classifies each person who applies for admission to a Texas public college or university as a resident of Texas, a nonresident, or a foreign (international) student.

Determining Residency

When students apply for admission, the university uses information they provided on the application to make an initial determination about residency.  If your residency has been determined to be Out of State based on the Texas Education Code, and you believe you should be considered an In State resident you will need to fill out and submit the Residency Questionnaire to the Residency Determination Officer for Texas A&M University - Texarkana. 

Establishing Residency

Individuals can establish residency in the following three ways:

Option 1: Residency through High School Graduation

The option of establishing Texas residency is available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and to international students who hold certain types of visas.

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 (usually the 12thclass day) of the semester in which you enroll TAMUT.

Option 2: Establishing and Maintaining Domicile in the state of Texas

The following persons are considered residents of this state if:

1.  a person:

a.  established domicile in this state not later than one year before the census date of the academic term in which the person is enrolled in an institution of higher education; and

b. maintained that domicile continuously for the year preceding that census date;or

2. a dependent whose parent:

a. established a domicile in this state not later than one year before the census date of the academic term in which the dependent is enrolled in an institution of higher education; and

b. maintained that domicile continuously for the year preceding that census date; and

Option 3: Continuous Enrollment

Texas residency can be granted to a person who:

a. was previously enrolled and classified as a Texas resident in a public institution of higher education; and

b. maintained continuous enrollment, or did not break enrollment for more than one regular semester.  

Students who are not Texas residents may be able to pay the same tuition as a Texas Resident depending on where they live. Visit our Non-Resident Classification page to see what tuition and fee rate you will be paying. 

If you have further questions not listed on our website or on the Residency FAQ page please contact our campus Residency Officer, Chrissy Gonzalez, at cgonzalez@tamut.edu or 903.223.3180.  You can also visit Enrollment Services in the University Center for further assistance.

Non-Resident Information

A student who resides in a state other than Texas, is considered a non-resident.

Senate Bill 1272 may allow students residing in Oklahoma, Arkansas, certain counties in New Mexico, or certain parishes in Louisiana to receive a waiver to pay a lowered non-resident tuition. Please review the information below to see if you qualify for this waiver.

In-State Tuition Rate

A non-resident student who resides in Oklahoma, Arkansas, certain parishes in Louisiana (see below), and certain counties in New Mexico (see below) will receive the in-state tuition rate.

Border County (BC)-Miller and Little River County in Arkansas

Arkansas (AR)-All other counties in Arkansas

Oklahoma (OK)-All counties in Oklahoma

Border Parish Louisiana (BCLA)-Bordering parishes listed below

  • Beauregard Parish
  • Caddo Parish
  • Calcasieu Parish
  • Cameron Parish
  • DeSoto Parish
  • Sabine Parish
  • Vernon Parish

Border County New Mexico (BCNM)-Bordering counties listed below

  • Union County
  • Quay County
  • Curry County
  • Roosevelt County
  • Lea County
  • Eddy County
  • Otero County
  • Dona Ana County

In-State Tuition Rate plus $30.00 per credit hour

A non-resident student who resides in the 44 contiguous states including all other counties in New Mexico and all other parishes in Louisiana will pay the in-state tuition rate plus $30.00 per credit hour.

Foreign Student Tuition Rates

In accordance with Section 54.051(d) of the “Texas Education Code,” the university will set the tuition rates for nonresident students enrolled in public universities and health-related institutions for academic year 2014-2015 at $412.00 per semester credit hour (SCH) plus any designated tuition and, when appropriate, Board-authorized graduate tuition the institution charges. Exceptions include tuition rates for nonresident students enrolled in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, and law. Those students can find the tuition rates in other paragraphs of Section 54.051 of the “Texas Education Code.”