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Undocumented Student Residency

According to Texas State Law, you can be admitted to Dallas College and be considered a resident of Texas for tuition purposes if you resided in Texas and met all the following conditions:

  • 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 Dallas College.
  • Sign the Dallas College Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident 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.

The Matricula Consular I.D. Card can be utilized as an I.D. for admissions purposes. Learn more about this card by accessing the Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at http://www.sre.gob.mx/en/.

Undocumented Student Residency

Dallas College has an open-door admissions policy. Anyone who can benefit from post-secondary education may enroll.

Texas state law permits undocumented students, who are or will be graduates from a Texas public or accredited private high school, to be classified as residents of Texas for tuition purposes under certain conditions.

To be considered a resident of Texas for tuition purposes, you must:

  • have graduated (or will graduate) from a public or accredited private high school in this state or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this state, including the successful completion of a nontraditional secondary education, AND
  • have maintained a residence continuously in this state for the thirty-six (36) months immediately preceding the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent, as applicable; AND the twelve (12) months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution.

One more thing:

"If the person is not a Citizen of the United States or a Permanent Resident of the U.S., the person shall, in addition to the other requirements of this section, provide the institution with a signed affidavit (commonly known as the Noriega affidavit), stating that the person will apply to become a Permanent Resident of the U.S. as soon as the person becomes eligible to apply."

What does this all mean?

In short, if you are or will be a graduate of a Texas high school that you attended for at least 36 months (approximately 3 years), your official high school transcript showing your date of graduation will be your documentation to show you residing in Texas both for the 36 months before your graduation AND the 12 months leading up to the census date of your first semester IF you graduated in the most recent academic year.

Students who graduated from a Texas high school in previous years must provide additional documentation of residence in Texas for the 12 months preceding the census date. We accept any official documents showing the student's name and address a 12-month history of living in Texas: pay stubs, lease agreements, utility bills, etc.

If you earned your Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (formerly known as the G.E.D.), then we will need your official certificate and you will need to provide documentation proving residence in Texas for the 36 months prior to the date your certificate was issued AND for the 12 months leading up to the census date of your first semester.

Finally, the Admissions and Records Office can provide you with the affidavit of intent to become a Permanent Resident of the United States. The form must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. Dallas College is pleased to offer free notary services for our students at each campus.

Note: The identification cards issued by the Mexican government known as "Matrícula Consular" may be used as a valid ID to apply for admission. Future students of Mexican origin who don't have a Social Security card can get a "Matrícula Consular" at their closest Mexican consulate. For more information, see: https://www.gob.mx/sre.

Resources:

Texas Administrative Code: Determination of Resident Status
https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=T&app=9&p_dir=N&p_rloc=181014&p_tloc=&p_ploc=1&pg=28&p_tac=&ti=19&pt=1&ch=21&rl=21

Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident (SB 1528/Noriega Affidavit)
https://linktoformwillgohere-formwillbeavailableonwebpage

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
https://www.dallascollege.edu/future-students/pages/undocumented.asp