Paying for College

In-State Tuition in Texas After Relocation?

Question: Hello Dean, I hope you can give us some insight/suggestions regarding residency. My husband and I plan to move back “home” to Dallas, Texas, shortly after our son graduates from high school. Our son is currently a high school junior. We live in Ohio (have lived here 10 years now), but won’t likely move prior to his graduation due in large part to the following: Son attends a highly regarded, large public Ohio school, and is very near academic top of very large class. He’s very strong in both academics and extracurricular activities. So my husband and I both plan to keep working in Ohio until our son graduates.

Our BIG question is, how/when can our son get in-state tuition in Texas if we only just move there the summer after his high school graduation?

Your son will not be considered a Texas resident for tuition purposes until you have resided in Texas for 12 consecutive months. And, even then, if he has already enrolled at a Texas public college or university as a non-resident, he will not automatically be granted in-state status at the end of the first year. He will have to apply for it, and the determination is made on a case-by-case basis by the individual schools.  If your intent to remain in Texas is clear (more on that in a minute), then your son’s reclassification is probably just a formality, but you still need to understand that it is not a sure-thing.

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