The Registrar is the final authority on all questions of residency.
Section 54.051(b) of the Texas Educational code requires documentation of residency for persons enrolling in public institutions of higher education. Students may be asked to present proof of residency at the time of initial admission or at any time following registration. A student who believes he/she qualifies for a change of residency status for tuition purposes may file a Petition for Change of Residency. The petition must be filed by the Official Day of Record (twelfth class day of regular semesters and fourth class day of summer semesters) in order to receive any refund of tuition paid.
Texas Resident - An adult Texas resident is defined as one who has resided continuously within the State of Texas for 12 months immediately prior to his/her original registration. A minor Texas resident is defined as one whose parent(s) or legal guardian has claimed the dependent for federal income tax purposes both at the time of enrollment and for the tax year preceding enrollment. This classification is defined by the State Auditor's Office and must be adhered to by the institution.
Non-Resident - A non-resident student is defined as one who does not qualify as a Texas resident (out-of-state students, international students, etc.) A nonresident student classification is presumed to be correct so long as the student is in the state primarily for the purpose of attending school. To be reclassified as a resident, after one or more years of residency, the student must show proof of intent to establish Texas as his/her own residency. A student who owns property in the Blinn College Junior College District may be eligible for a waiver of out-of-state tuition. Students who believe they are eligible for such waiver must contact the Registrar.
In-District - In general, a student is considered In-District who, as a Texas resident, has resided continuously within the Junior College District of Washington County for six months prior to his/her original registration, or if a minor, one whose parent(s) or legal guardian meets this qualification.
Out-of-District - A student is considered Out-of-District who, as a Texas resident, does not qualify as an in-district resident according to the above provisions. Aliens living in the United States under a visa permitting residence must meet the same requirements for qualifying for resident status for tuition purposes as do U.S. citizens. A permanent resident must meet the same length-of-residency requirements as a citizen.
At minimum, each institution must have on file a copy of one or more appropriately dated documents which certifies that the student classified as a resident has legal right to the correct classification as of the official census date of the semester or term for which he/she is enrolling. Documents acceptable for this purpose include:
a. Texas high school transcript
b. Texas college or university transcript
c. Employer statement of date of employment
d. Permanent driver's license (at least one year old). Generally, the license expiration date minus date of enrollment should not exceed three years.
e. Property tax payments
f. Bank statement
g. Utility bill
h. Other third party documentations
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