Residency Policy and Forms
Texas State Residency
All new academic students are classified as a non-resident until a Core Residency Questions form is completed and returned to the Registrar's Office for a decision. If you are claiming Texas as your state of residence, click here to complete the Core Residency Questions Form.
Non-US citizens who are not Permanent Residents but have filed or plan to file for permanent residency must also complete and return to the Registrar's Office the Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident. Click here to complete the Affidavit of Intent to Become a Permanent Resident Form.
A non-resident who believes he is eligible to pay Texas tuition rates due to employment, scholarship, military assignment, academic common market, or economic development must complete a "Petition for Determination of Resident Tuition" and submit it to the Registrar's Office each term. If the Registrar's Office is able to verify your Graduate Research Assistant employment prior to registration, a waiver will be entered into UTLINK and you will not need to complete a petition. However, after checking your residence status on UTLINK, you do not see a student waiver for this term, you must complete a petition and have Section II completed by one of the offices listed below.
Forms are available in the Registrar's Office, 7000 Fannin, Suite 2250 or download the form at this link: Petition for Residency. Petitions will NOT be processed the same day they are received by these offices - please allow sufficient time for their completion.
GSBS: Business Office, HMC 300 or MDA Office of Education, HMB 16.151
SPH: Administrative Services, RAS W130
All others: Human Resources, UCT 150
In Residence Requirements
In Residence Requirement: The term "in residence" refers to a total of 30 semester credit hours, which must be taken at UTHealth. A student must fulfill his/her in residence requirement in order to receive any academic degree from the School.
In Residence Requirement: The term "in residence" refers to a total of 57 semester credit hours that must be taken at UTHealth. A student must fulfill his/her in residence requirement in order to receive a doctoral degree from the School.