- Under Texas state law, students are classified either as residents of Texas, non-residents, or international students.
- In addition to state residency, students are classified as in district or out of district depending on whether they reside at an address that is in the HCC taxing district
The amount of tuition you are charged is based on your residency classification, which is determined according to the information you submit on the application. You also may be asked to provide documentary evidence that proves your residency status.
You will find your residency classification at the top of the My Checklist provided when you submit your application or when you log into MY EAGLE under Account Inquiry. Your residency classification is based on rules and regulations established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. If you have questions about residency, contact the Enrollment Services Office.
Who is a Texas Resident?
To qualify as a Texas resident, you must
- Live in Texas for one year
- Establish a domicile in Texas before enrollment
- Be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- If you are claimed as a dependent on a parent's most recent federal tax return you will be classified based on the parent's/spouse’s qualifications for residency.
- If you are basing your residency on your spouse and have been married 12 months, you can be classified based on spouse’s qualifications for residency.
A Texas resident who resides in the Houston Community College taxing district.
A Texas resident who does not reside in the Houston Community College taxing district
A U.S. citizen/Permanent Resident who has not lived in Texas for the past 12 months.
A non-U.S. citizen who is not a resident alien.
- International students living in the United States under an eligible visa permitting residence must provide documentation and meet the same requirements as a U.S. citizen to qualify for Texas resident status for tuition purposes.
Texas State Law states that you can be admitted to the college and be considered a resident of Texas for tuition purposes if you resided in Texas, and met the conditions listed below.
If you do not meet these criteria, you may still enroll but will be classified as out of state for tuition purposes.
- Graduated or will graduate from a Texas public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Texas;
- Resided in Texas for 36 months leading up to graduation from high school or receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma;
- Have resided or will have resided in Texas for the 12 months prior to the census date of the semester in which you will enroll in the college.
- Sign the Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident provided by the college that states you have filed or will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity you are eligible to do so.
Changing or Updating Residency
Any change, or request for change in residency status must be completed at the Office of Enrollment Services at the college you attend. You will need to complete a Change of Residency Petition and provide additional specific documentation to provide evidence of domicile and 12 months physical presence in Texas for the 12 months prior to the census date of the semester you are enrolling in. Important information: All requests to update resident status including supporting documentation must be received prior to the census date of the semester. Changes to residency after the census date will not be applied until the next semester.
The current home address will determine residency. A Post office box or dormitory address cannot be used to determine residency.
- If student is claimed as a dependent on a parent’s income tax, residency is based on the parent and all documentation submitted must reflect that parent’s name. (must provide tax return)
- If residency is based on a spouse, then documentation must show marriage for 12 months and all documentation submitted must reflect the spouse’s name with proof of qualification for residency. (must provide marriage license)
If the Enrollment Services Office requests proof of Texas residency, you must submit one document from List A and one document from List B. These can serve as proof you established a Texas domicile and maintained Texas residency for at least 12 consecutive months preceding the census date of the semester in which you enroll.
List A – Documents for proof of maintenance of residence
(Submit one document from the list below to support physical presence for 12 consecutive months in Texas. You also need one document from List B.)
- Twelve months of utility bills in name of the student.
- Texas high school transcript.
- Transcript from a Texas institution.
- Texas driver’s license or Texas ID card showing origination date.
- Texas voter registration card showing origination date.
- Pay stubs for 12 months.
- Bank statements reflecting a Texas address for 12 months preceding the census date.
- Written statements from one or more social service agencies (TANF, social security, etc.) attesting to the provision of services for at least 12 months preceding the census date.
- Lease or rental of residential real property other than campus housing in the name of the student showing 12 months.
List B - Documents for proof of domicile in Texas
(Submit one document from the list below to support establishment of domicile in Texas. You also need one document from List A.)
- Employer-provided employment verification, proof of self-employment , pay stubs
- Ownership in real property sole or joint
- Marriage to a person for 12 months who has established and maintained domicile in Texas
- Ownership of a Business in Texas.Letter from social service agency in Texas showing receipt of services
List C – Documents for proof of Eligible Visa to Qualify for Resident Tuition
(Submit one document from the list below to support visa is eligible to domicile.
You also need one document from List A and one document from List B)
- Visa (A,E H1,K, etc)
- Other pertinent immigration documents
List D – Documents for proof of changing from out of district to in-district residency
(A change of residency petition must be submitted with two different types of supporting
documentation. All documentation must be current and include the student’s name
and address. Changes made after the Official Date of Record of the traditional term will be
effective the following term. Changes are not retroactive to prior terms.)
- In-district high school transcript (graduation date of 1 yr or less)
- Texas driver’s license or Texas ID (no temporary paper copies)
- Texas voter registration card
- Original Apartment Lease Agreement (all pages and no hand-written leases)
- (Lease must include the student’s name and period covered. No copies accepted
- Property tax payments for the year preceding enrollment
- Bank statements from a Texas bank
- Automobile insurance
- Vehicle registration
- Credit Card statements (e.g., MC, Visa, AMX)
- Cellular Bills
- Residential utility bills (e.g., electricity, water or gas)
Note: To be classified as in-district, the student must reside at an address in the HCC taxing district which consists of address in Alief ISD, Houston ISD, North Forest ISD, Stafford MSD, and Part of the city of Missouri City.
The following documents may lend support to clarify domicile or physical presence in Texas.
- Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
- Tax documents