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Residency
General Information

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

To be considered Texas residents, students must clearly establish and maintain residence in Texas for the 12 monthspreceding their enrollment.   A student's residency classification determines the tuition rate  for each course hour of registration.  (See  the tuition rate table for current tuition costs by residency classification and hours of enrollment.)  Documentation of Texas residency will be required to prove residency. 

  • An in-countystudent is an individual who is a resident of Texas and who resides in Collin County on the Census Dateof the term. 
     
  • An out-of-countystudent is a resident of Texas who resides outside of Collin County on the Census Date of the term. 
     
  •  Most students on temporary visas will be classified as nonresidents for tuition purposes. Contact the Admissions and Records Office for visas eligible for in-state residency.


Documentation of Texas residency will be required to prove residency.   Generally, the following documents may be used in meeting residency requirements:

  • Texas public, private, home school, or high school transcript (if enrolled the last 12 months) showing three years of attendance and graduation date

The responsibility for registering under the proper residency classification is that of the student, and any question concerning the student's right to classification as a resident of Collin County must be clarified prior to enrollment at Collin College. Students (age 24 and under) who are a dependent of a Texas resident should contact the Admissions and Records Office for more information. 

Collin reserves the right to collect additional tuition and fees if it is determined that the student registered under an incorrect residency status or if tuition and fees are increased by the Collin Board of Trustees.

Changes of address or name must be reported promptly to the Admissions and Records Office. This enables students to receive registration and other information from various college departments and programs.  Changes of address affecting residency should be reported promptly to the Admissions and Records Office.

Waivers and Exemptions 
Eligibility for waivers and exemptions is determined each term by the Admissions and Records Office or the Financial Aid Department, depending on the specific waiver or exemption.  Contact either office for a complete listing and/or more detailed information.

Ad Valorem  Students who have not lived in Texas for the 12 months preceding registration, but who own property in Collin County may be eligible for an ad valorem waiver.  A copy of the deed or most recent property tax statement is required for verification.  If this waiver is based on a student's (under age 24) parent's property ownership, go to the Admissions and Records Office for the proper form to complete.   Once Texas residency has been established (12 months), ad valorem waivers expire and additional residency must be provided.  Property owners on most types of temporary visas are not eligible for the ad valorem waiver.  Students and/or their parents must generally be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for an ad valorem waiver.

Senior Citizens Students age 65 and older (by the first day of the semester) who are Texas residents are eligible for up to six credit hours of tuition exemption per semester on a space-available basis; other fees will be charged per current catalog (tuition/fees).  Contact the Admissions and Records Office to verify senior waiver status each term, prior to payment of tuition and fees.