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Info for Non-Resident Students

CAN I QUALIFY FOR FINANCIAL AID IF I'M NOT A LEGAL U.S. RESIDENT?
YES, you can!

  • House Bill 1403 was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2001 and became Senate Bill 1528 in May 2005.
  • This Bill allows students who are not legal U.S. residents to pay the resident tuition rate while attending a Texas public college or university.
  • Fortunately, these students, by meeting the following requirements, are eligible for some types of STATE financial aid if they:
    • Have lived in Texas for 3 years before high school graduation
    • Have not established a residence in another state
    • Complete an affidavit that indicates they will apply for permanent resident status as soon as possible
  • Students qualifying under the SB 1528 may be eligible for the following types of STATE financial aid:

NON-RESIDENT CHECKLIST

PART 1: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS (1st Semester)
1. Fill out a college application(s) by visiting www.applytexas.org for Texas colleges and universities.

2. Take your ACT or SAT and your THEA.

3.a. If you have not started your residency process with INS: Fill out an Affidavit for Residency for each college and have them notarized.*

OR

3.b. If you have started your residency process with INS: Provide a copy of your Notice of Action from INS.

4. For UTPA only: Fill out a Core Residency form.


PART 2: FINANCIAL AID (2nd Semester - in JANUARY)
5.a. If your parents do file taxes: Bring in your parents’ income tax forms (W-2s and 1040s)
OR

5.b. If your parents do not file taxes: Have a Non-Tax Filer Statement notarized.*

6. If you worked, but did not file taxes: Have a Non-Tax Filer Statement notarized.*

7. Fill out a Verification Form for each college to which you are applying.

8. Fill out the FAFSA (on paper) with Mrs. Coddington-Krska to apply for financial aid.

9. For male students only: Register with the Selective Service (on paper).

10. Do all of Part 2 by NO LATER than March 1st in order to qualify for as much STATE financial aid as possible.

* = Our campus NOTARY PUBLIC will assist you with these forms for free:
Santiago Ramon, Truancy Officer (Room 172)