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Residency Requirements

The University of Houston is a state university, meaning Texas residents and non-residents have different tuition rates. Residents of the state of Texas will be billed in-state tuition and non-residents will be billed out-of-state tuition.

Determining Residency

There must be conclusive evidence of a student’s intent to permanently establish domicile in Texas. Domicile means to live and maintain gainful employment in the State of Texas. Those wishing to change their residency status must show they have domiciled in the state of Texas for 12 months or more prior to the semester in which is being applied.

If the admissions application indicates you aren’t a U.S. citizen or permanent resident but that you may qualify for residency based on Texas high school graduation, you will be prompted to download and submit the Residency Affidavit. The form must be completed, signed, notarized and submitted to the university.

Residency Classification Review

Do you think you may qualify for residency in the state of Texas? If you believe you are incorrectly classified, take steps to correct the inaccuracy by submitting the Residency Questionnaire, along with supporting documents, to the Office of the Registrar.


If you have any questions regarding residency requirements, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Welcome Center
4434 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2027
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Phone: 713-743-1010, option 7
Fax: 713-743-9050
Fax: 713-743-8342