Policy Number: 58

Determination of Resident and Non-Resident Tuition Status


Eligibility for in-state tuition rates


Applicants and current students

Date Reviewed: October 2007

Responsible Office: Registrar

Responsible Executive: Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs


Before an individual may register at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("university") and pay tuition at the rate provided for residents of the State of Texas, the individual must provide required information regarding their residency status.

The Registrar is the Residency Determination Official for the university.


Applicants and current students must provide information regarding their residency status as required by state law. Based on the information provided by applicants and current students, the Registrar will determine residency status prior to the official census date of each academic term. Individuals classified as non-residents will be required to pay tuition at the non-resident rate.

If the university later determines an individual was erroneously classified as a resident, the individual will be required to pay tuition at the non-resident rate beginning with the next academic term after the error is discovered. On the other hand, if the university erroneously classifies an individual as a non-resident of Texas, it will charge the resident tuition rate to him or her beginning with the academic term in which it discovers the error. The university will also refund to the individual the amount of tuition he or she paid in excess of the resident tuition rate for all terms in which the student was erroneously classified.

Individuals who failed to provide the Registrar with requested or relevant information regarding their residency status and individuals who provided false information to the Registrar will be required to pay the difference between resident and non-resident tuition for all academic terms the individual paid tuition at the resident rate. Payment must be made within 30 days after the date the individual is notified. Until the amount is paid in full, the individual is not entitled to receive:


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Office of the Registrar 713-500-3361