Under Texas state law, an applicant or enrolled student is classified as a resident of Texas, a nonresident or a foreign student. Residency for admission and tuition purposes at a public college or university in Texas is different from residency for voting or taxing purposes.

Before an individual may register at the School of Health Professions and pay tuition at the rate provided for residents of the State of Texas, the individual must complete the "Residency Core Questions."

To qualify as a Texas resident, an individual must reside in Texas for at least 12 consecutive months and establish a domicile in Texas prior to enrollment. An applicant or student who is claimed as a dependent on a parent's most recent federal tax return will be classified based on the parent's qualifications for residency.

An individual, despite his or her citizenship, can be classified as a Texas resident if the individual:

  • Graduated from a high school or received a GED in this state
  • Resided in this state for at least three years immediately preceding that graduation or receipt of GED.
  • Resided in this state the 12 months preceding the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolls.
  • Provides the required affidavit regarding permanent residency in accordance with Section 54.053, Texas Education Code

An individual's residency classification is based on information from his or her admission application. If an applicant or student is classified as a nonresident and wishes to be reclassified as a resident, it is necessary to submit a Core Residency Questions Form, which provides more detailed background information than is available from the admission application. Note: Page will open in a new browser window.

For information about instate tuition eligibility for members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have resided in Texas, consult the third paragraph of the Tuition and Fees Exceptions section of the Tuition and Fees policy.

Academic Fresh Start

A Texas resident may apply for admission to and enroll as an undergraduate student under Texas Education Code, Section 51.931, Right to an Academic Fresh Start. If an applicant elects to seek admission under this section, The University of Texas MDAnderson School of Health Professions shall not consider academic course credits or grades earned by the applicant ten (10) or more years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll. An applicant who applies under this section and is admitted as student may not receive any course credit for courses undertaken ten (10) or more years prior to enrollment.