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Residency Requirements and Your Tuition

Note: No refund for residency changes will be issued after the census date (12th day of class).

The amount of tuition you are charged is based upon your residency classification. It is the responsibility of the Admissions Office to determine your residency classification based on the information you submit during enrollment. See the Admissions Office if you have questions or need additional information regarding documentation.

Your residency classification will be established in accordance with the state and immigration law, the Rules and Regulations of the Coordinating Board of the Texas College and University System and the policies of Brookhaven College/Dallas County Community College District and the Board of Trustees.

Residency Classifications

The following information is subject to change at any time due to state or immigration laws and regulations.

In-District/County

The student is a resident of Texas who resides in Dallas County on or before the census date of the term.

Out-Of-District/County

The student is a resident of Texas who resides outside Dallas County on or before the census date of the term.

Out-Of-State

The student has not resided or established domicile in Texas for 12 months preceding registration.

Out-Of-Country

The student is on a visa that does not allow domicile in the United States.

Note: No refund for residency changes will be issued after the census date (12th day of class).

Texas Residency

The following criteria classifies a person as a Texas resident.

  • Graduated from a public high school, a home school or accredited private high school in the state of Texas. As an alternative to high school graduation, those who have received the equivalent of a high school diploma such as the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in the state of Texas will also be classified as a Texas resident.

  • Maintained a residence continuously in Texas for the 36 consecutive months prior to graduation from high school or receipt of the GED, and continued presence in Texas for 12 consecutive months by the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolled.

  • A student, or one whose parent, established a domicile and maintained a residence continuously in Texas for 12 consecutive months before the census date of the academic semester in which the person enrolled.

In-District/County Documentation

One or more of the following documents MAY be used to establish in-county residency classification provided they meet the correct criteria including listing the student's name and address.

  • Most recent utility bill
  • Most recent bank/credit card statement
  • Lease/rental agreement
  • Other official mail such as a medical bill or tax statement that has been mailed within 30 days of enrollment

Important note: Be aware that Dallas County limits and Dallas city limits are NOT the same. It is entirely possible to live outside of Dallas County yet still have a Dallas city address.

Establishing Domicile

The following documents MAY be used to establish domicile in Texas.

  • A letter of employment on company letterhead stating the date of hire and full or part-time status and hours worked per week. Verification must be currently dated and include your name, date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number and be signed by an authorized agent of the company (human resources, manager, owner, etc).

  • Verification of residency classification from a Texas public college or university within the last 12 months (for spring or fall semester enrollment only).

  • A letter from one or more social service agencies in Texas that documents services were received for 12 consecutive months.

  • Ownership of homestead or business for 12 consecutive months.

  • Marriage to a Texas resident for at least 12 consecutive months (must provide marriage certificate, employment verification or two years' tax return transcript for spouse).