Tyler Junior College

Residency Classification

It is the student’s responsibility to have residency information correct prior to payment of tuition and fees. 

In-District student: A Texas resident (or dependent) who physically resides (permanent residence) on property subject to ad valorem taxation by the Tyler Junior College District the required length of time (12 months).

Out-of-District student: A Texas resident who does not physically reside within the geographic boundaries of the Tyler Junior College District.

SB 1528 (Non-Residents)
Effective for students starting Fall 2006, state law (SB 1528) allows undocumented students to be classified as
Texas residents if they meet the following conditions:

  • Graduated from a public or an accredited private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) from the State of Texas.
  • Resided in Texas for at least three years as of the date the person graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED).
  • Resided in Texas for the 12 months preceding the 12th class day of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution.
  • Provided the institution with an affidavit stating intent to apply for permanent residency. Affidavit forms are available in the Admissions office. Permanent residents/US Citizens can also claim in-state residency if they meet the following conditions:
    • Graduated from a public or an accredited private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) from the State of Texas.
    • Resided in Texas for at least three years as of the date the person graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED).
    • Resided in Texas for the 12 months preceding the 12th class day of the academic semester in which the person enrolls in an institution.

Reclassification

Reclassification as a non-resident: Persons who have been classified as residents of Texas shall be classified as non-resident students whenever they shall report, or there is found to exist, circumstances indicating a change in residence to another state. If students who have been classified as residents of Texas are found to have been erroneously classified, those students shall be reclassified as non-residents and be charged the non-resident tuition beginning with the semester following the date that the institution discovers the error.

Reclassification as a resident: If students have been erroneously classified as non-resident students and subsequently prove to the satisfaction of the appropriate officials of an institution of higher education that they should have been classified as a resident student, they shall be reclassified as residents of Texas and may be refunded the difference between the resident and non-resident tuition for each semester in which the student was erroneously classified and paid the non-resident tuition rate.

Students must complete any reclassification of residency prior to the certification day of that term (12th class day - 16-week session; 4th class day - summer session) in order to pay the new tuition and fees for that semester. It is the responsibility of the student to verify their residency status each semester and review their statement of charges for accuracy. Requests for residency changes must be completed in the Admissions office by the census date.

Refunds due to residency changes will be processed for the current semester only if all requirements are completed by the census date. No refunds for prior semesters will be given for errors in residency status.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Change permanent address in Admissions office.
  2. Texas Driver’s License with current permanent address.
  3. Tax documentation showing tax independence (if under 25 years of age) - Please note your residence is based upon the person who claims you on their taxes.
    1. Your [income tax] Form 1040 showing financial independence.
    2. Your parent’s 1040 tax form showing they do not claim you.
  4. Lease Agreements or proof of home ownership showing you have been living in a Tyler Junior College taxing district for AT LEAST 12 consecutive months prior to enrollment. (Copy of front page will be sufficient.)
  5. Application for Reclassification forms. (Found in Admissions office.) 

Please understand reclassification of residency is done on a case-by-case basis and is determined by the guidelines published by the Coordinating Board in "Rules and Regulations-Residency Status."


In-district, in-state and out-of-state residency is determined by using the guidelines published by the Coordinating Board in "Rules and Regulations—Residence Status." Twelve months after giving up previous domicile is the minimum length of time required to establish new residency for tuition purposes.

"Residence" means "domicile."
"Resided in" means "domiciled in."
"Legal place of residence" is defined as the place where you, your parents or guardian live for the required length of time at the time of enrollment, and used for federal income purposes.
"Dependent" means an individual who is claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes by the individual’s parent or guardian at the time of registration and for the tax year preceding the year in which the individual registers.