2022 - 2023 Dallas College Catalog

2022 - 2023 Catalog

The determination of residency classification for tuition purposes is governed by statutes enacted by the Texas Legislature and regulations developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The residency status of each student is determined during the admissions process, based upon answers the student provides on the core questions found in the application. The residency classification determines the tuition rate the student must pay. If a student believe they are entitled to a lower tuition rate, Dallas College staff will work with the student to assist in that determination. Documentation may be required to substantiate the student's status.

The general residency classification is as follows:

  • In-District/In-County: A person currently residing in Dallas County who is also classified as a Texas resident.
  • Out-of-District/Out-of-County: A person currently residing in a county other than Dallas County who is also classified as a Texas resident.
  • Out-of-State: A U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or person with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who has not resided in Texas for the past 12 consecutive months.
  • Out-of-Country: A person who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or who has been issued a visa that does not permit the establishment of domicile in the U.S.
  • The current tuition rate for each classification may be found on our website: https://www.dallascollege.edu/paying-for-college/cost-tuition/pages/default.aspx

Texas Residency

Many factors affect residency status. The following persons shall be classified as Texas residents and entitled to pay Texas resident tuition:

  1. A person who maintained a residence continuously for the 36 months preceding the date they graduated from a public or accredited private high school in Texas or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Texas and has resided in Texas 12 months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which they enroll.
  2. A person who established or maintained domicile in Texas not less than 12 months prior to census date of the academic semester.
  3. A dependent whose parent has established or maintained domicile in Texas not less than 12 months prior to census date of the academic semester.
  4. A member of the U.S. armed services whose Home of Record with the military is Texas is presumed to be a Texas resident, as are their spouse and dependent children. If the servicemember's Home of Record is not Texas, but Leave and Earnings Statements are provided to show the member has claimed Texas as their place of residence for the 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment is presumed to be a Texas resident, as are their spouse and dependent children.
  5. An individual whose initial purpose for moving to Texas is to attend an institution of higher education as a full-time student will be presumed not to have the required intent to make Texas his or her domicile; however, the presumption may be overruled by clear and convincing evidence. An individual shall not ordinarily be able to establish domicile by performing acts which are directly related to fulfilling educational objectives or are required or routinely performed by temporary residents of the State.

In-District Residency

Dallas County residency cannot be determined until Texas residency status is established. Once Texas residency has been established, classification of in-district (Dallas County resident) or out-of-district is based on where the student physically resides. A student who is classified as a Texas (in-state) resident and resides in Dallas County is eligible for the in-district tuition rate. A waiver may be granted each academic year to students who reside outside of Dallas County, but who own property in Dallas County subject to the Community College Ad Valorem Tax. A student who meets in-state requirements but resides outside of Dallas County will pay the out-of-district tuition rate. If the student moves outside of Dallas County, on or before a semester's certification date, the student must pay the additional (out-of-district) tuition rate.

Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals who have been granted permanent residence status that is not temporary have the same privileges as a U.S. citizen to qualify for resident status. You will be required to provide the necessary documentation needed to establish Texas residency.


If an applicant wishes to be reclassified, they must contact the Admissions Office. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional information to comply with the State of Texas residency requirements. The Admissions Office will make residency changes only when sufficient documentation is submitted. Current Residency information may be found on our website: https://www.dallascollege.edu/admissions/application/pages/residency.aspx.

This information is a summary of Texas residency classification rules designed to assist students with the reclassification of their residency status. It is not official. The Admissions Office can answer your questions and receive submitted documentation. Official rules and regulations regarding residency may be found in the Texas Administrative Code: Title 19 - Education, Part 1 - Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Chapter 21 - Student Services, Subchapter B - Determination of Resident Status. The Texas Administrative code may be found in the website of the Office of the Secretary of State: https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=19&pt=1&ch=21&sch=B&rl=Y.