Residence Status

§ 21.732 Continuing Resident Status

Beginning with the Fall 2006 semester, a person who was enrolled in a Texas institution during any part of the 2006 state fiscal year (Fall 2005, Spring 2006, or Summer 2006 semester), and who was classified as a resident of this state in the last academic period of that year for which the person was enrolled, may be considered to be a resident of this state for purposes of this subchapter.  A person who has established resident status under this subchapter is entitled to pay resident tuition in each subsequent academic term in which the person enrolls at any Texas institution, unless the person has been absent for two or more consecutive regular terms (Fall and Spring).

A person who enrolls in an institution after two or more consecutive regular (Fall and Spring) terms during which the person is not enrolled in a public institution shall submit the information required in §21.731 of this title (relating to Information Required to Initially Establish Resident Status), and satisfy all the applicable requirements to establish resident status.

§ 21.733 Reclassification Based on Additional or Changed Information

If a student is initially classified as a nonresident based on information provided through the set of Core Residency Questions, the student may request reclassification.  A student shall provide the University with any additional or changed information which may affect his or her resident or nonresident tuition classification.  A list of acceptable documentation is included at the end of this chapter.

The University may reclassify a student who has previously been classified as a resident or nonresident based on additional or changed information provided by the student.  Any change made under this section shall apply to the first succeeding term in which the person is enrolled, if the change is made on or after the census date of that term.  If the change is made prior to the census date, it will apply to the current term.

§ 21.734 Errors in Classification

Student Errors - If the university permits a student to pay resident tuition in error and the person is not entitled or permitted to pay resident tuition under this subchapter, the university shall charge nonresident tuition to the student beginning with the term following the date that the institution discovers the error.

Not later than the first day of the following term, the university may notify the person that he or she must pay the difference between resident and nonresident tuition for each previous term in which the student should not have paid resident tuition, if:

  •  the person failed to provide the university, in a timely manner after the information becomes available or on request by the university, any information that the person reasonably should know would be relevant to an accurate classification by the institution; or
  •  the person provided false information to the institution that the person reasonably should know could lead to an error in classification by the university.

If the university provides notice to the student regarding an error in tuition status, the student shall be required to pay the applicable amount to the university no later than the 30th day after the date the person is notified of their liability for the amount owed.  After receiving the notice and until the amount is paid in full, the person is not entitled to receive from the university a certificate or diploma, if not yet awarded on the date of the notice, or official transcript that is based at least partially on or includes credit for courses taken while the person was erroneously classified as a resident of this state.  

University Errors - If the university erroneously classified a person as a resident of this state under this subchapter and the person is entitled or permitted to pay resident tuition under this subchapter, that person is not liable for the difference between resident and nonresident tuition under this section.

If the university erroneously classifies a person as a nonresident and the person is a resident under this subchapter, the university shall refund the difference in resident and nonresident tuition for each term in which the student was erroneously classified and paid the nonresident tuition rate.

Documentation to Support Domicile and Residency

The following documentation may be requested by the University of Houston-Victoria in order to resolve issues raised by responses to the Core Residency Questions.  

Part A – Documentation that can support the establishment of a domicile and demonstrate the maintenance of a residence in Texas for the 12 months prior to the census date of the term in which the person enrolls is:

An employer’s statement of dates of employment (beginning and current or ending dates) that encompass at least 12 months.  Other documents that show the person has been engaged in activities intended to provide an income to a person or allow a person to avoid the expense of paying another person to perform the tasks (as in child care or the maintenance of a home) may also be used, as well as documents that show the person is self-employed, employed as a homemaker, or is living off his/her earnings, or through public assistance.  Student employment, such as work-study, the receipt of stipends, fellowships or research or teaching assistantships do not qualify as a basis for establishing a domicile.

For a homeless person, written statements from the office of one or more social service agencies located in Texas that attests to the provision of services to the homeless person for the 12 months prior to the census date of the term in which the person enrolls.

Part B – Documentation which can support the establishment of a domicile and demonstrate the maintenance of a residence in Texas for 12 months, if accomplished and maintained for this period of time prior to the census date of the term in which the person enrolls.  This documentation must be accompanied by at least ONE type of document listed in Part C.

  1.  Title to real property in Texas
  2.  Marriage Certificate with documentation to support that spouse is a domiciliary of Texas
  3.  ownership of business in Texas with documents that evidence the organization or the business as a partnership or corporation and reflect the ownership interest of the person or dependent’s parent.
  4.  State or local licenses to conduct a business or practice a profession in this state.

Part C – Documents that may be used to demonstrate maintenance of a residence for 12 months.  These documents do not show the establishment of a domicile.  Activities in Part A and B of this section may be used to establish a domicile.

  1.  Utility bills for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  2.  A Texas high school transcript for full senior year preceding the census date;
  3.  A transcript from a Texas institution showing presence in the state for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  4.  A Texas driver’s license or Texas ID card with an expiration date of not more than four years;
  5.  Cancelled checks that reflect a Texas residence for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  6.  A current credit report that documents the length and place of residence of the person or the dependent’s parent;
  7.  A Texas voter registration card that has not expired;
  8.  Pay stubs for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  9.  Bank statements reflecting a Texas address for the 12 months preceding the census date:
  10.  Ownership of real property with copies of utility bills for the 12 months preceding the census date;
  11.  Registration or verification from licensor, showing Texas address for licensee;
  12.  Written statements from the office of one or more social service agencies, attesting to the provision of services for at least the 12 months preceding the census date;
  13.  Lease or rental of real property, other than campus housing, in the name of the person or the dependent’s parent for the 12 months preceding the census date.


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