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Establishing Texas Residency

To qualify as a Texas resident, an individual must reside in Texas for one year and establish a domicile prior to enrollment. An applicant or student who is claimed as a dependent or is eligible to be claimed as a dependent on a parent's most recent federal tax return will be classified based on the parent's qualifications for residency.

International students eligible to establish domicile in the United States may also qualify for Texas resident status.

An individual's residency classification is based on information from his or her admission application. Students entering Fall 2006 and later must complete the Core Residency Questionnaire. The questions will be used to determine Texas residency status for tuition purposes. Failure to complete these questions will result in being classified as a non-Texas resident and being charged out-of-state tuition.

If an applicant or student is classified as a nonresident and wishes to be reclassified as a resident, it is necessary to submit the Core Residency Questionnaire.

Complete tuition/admission residency regulations for the State of Texas can be found at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Web Site.

A nonresident teaching/research assistant employed at least half-time in a position which relates to his or her degree program shall be entitled to pay the tuition fee of a resident student during the period covered by the assistantship. A nonresident student holding a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 for the academic year awarded by a scholarship committee of SFA is entitled to pay the tuition fee of a resident student during the period covered by the scholarship.

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For more information contact:

Office of Admissions
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13051, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3051
Ph: (936) 468-2504 Fx: (936) 468-3849

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