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Residency

The general residency classifications are as follows:

  • - Dallas County resident: A person currently residing in Dallas County who has lived in Texas for the past 12 months.

  • - Out-of-district student: A Texas resident for the past 12 months who does not reside in Dallas County.

  • - Out-of-state student: A U.S. citizen who has not lived in Texas for the past 12 months.

  • - Out-of-country student: A non-U.S. citizen who is not a resident alien.

Your residency classification is based on rules and regulations established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. If you have questions about residency, contact your college Admissions/Registrar’s Office or visit the Coordinating Board website.

Texas Residency
To establish Texas residency, you must supply documentation that proves you have lived in Texas for at least 12 months before registration.

You must submit at least one of the following items with your application if you claim in-state status:

  1. A copy of your permanent (laminated) Texas driver’s license that is at least 12 months old
  2. A valid Texas voter registration card that is at least 12 months old
  3. A letter from your employer(s) on company letterhead, verifying employment in Texas for at least 12 months prior to registration
  4. A copy of a lease agreement in your name for at least 12 months prior to registration
  5. A copy of a property deed and/or current tax statement showing residency for at least 12 months prior to registration
  6. A copy of your transcript from a Texas high school showing attendance or graduation within the past 12 months
  7. Canceled checks, bank statements or utility bills in your name covering each of the 12 months prior to registration

In-District Residency
Once your in-state residency status is established, your classification as in-district (Dallas County resident) or out-of-district is based on where you actually reside or own property.

If you are classified as a Texas resident and live in or own real estate in Dallas County, you are eligible for the in-district tuition rate. If you meet in-state requirements but live outside Dallas County, you will pay the out-of-district tuition rate. If you move outside Dallas County on or before a semester’s certification date, you must pay the additional tuition.

To establish in-district residency, you must present a permanent (laminated) Texas driver’s license in your name showing your correct Dallas County address or one of the following:

  1. A current lease agreement in your name at the correct Dallas County address
  2. A current Texas voter registration card listing your correct Dallas County address
  3. A current automobile registration showing your correct Dallas County address
  4. A copy of a current deed and/or property tax statement showing ownership of Dallas County property
  5. Printed checks showing your correct Dallas County address
  6. Business or official correspondence at your correct Dallas County address (utility bills, telephone bills, billing statements from department stores or credit agencies)

Undocumented/Special Consideration
Texas State Law states that you can be admitted to the college and be considered a resident of Texas if you resided in Texas, and met all the following conditions:

  • - Graduated or will graduate from a Texas public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Texas;

  • - Resided in Texas for 36 months leading up to graduation from high school or receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma;

  • - Have resided or will have resided in Texas for the 12 months prior to the census date of the semester in which I will enroll in Richland College.

  • - Sign the affidavit provided by the college that states you have filed or will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity you are eligible to do so.

The Matricula Consular I.D. Card can be utilized as an I.D. for admissions purposes. Students who are undocumented and of Mexican descent are eligible to apply for the Matricula Consular I.D. Card. To read more about this card, go to the Mexico Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site at http://www.sre.gob.mx/en/.

Minor/Dependent of a Texas Resident
If you are a minor, or are claimed as a dependent on your parent/legal guardian’s federal income tax, you may provide the information listed above in their name. You must also include a copy of the most recent federal income tax filed listing you as a dependent.