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Residency Information

Assessment of tuition and fees is based on the residency classification of the student. At Odessa College a student's residence status for tuition purposes will fall into one of three categories (in district, out of district, out of state). The determination of student's legal residence is made according to guidelines pursuant to Title II, Texas Education Code and Rules and Regulations established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Living in the area solely for the purpose of attending college does not meet residency requirements. Students may petition reclassification once residency guidelines have been met. The student is responsible for notifying the Registrar's Office of any change of residency.

In District

Students who are eighteen (18) years of age or older must be a Texas resident for the twelve (12) months prior to enrollment and a resident of Ector County for the six (6) months prior to enrollment to be considered in-district students. In the case of students younger than eighteen (18), the parents or legal guardian must meet the same criteria.

Out of District

Students eighteen (18) years or older who have not lived within Ector County six (6) months prior to registration, but who have been a resident of Texas at least twelve (12) months prior to registration, are considered to be out-of-district students. In the case of students younger than eighteen (18), the parents or legal guardian must meet the same criteria.

Out of State

Anyone who has not lived in Texas for the past year is considered an out-of-state resident. When students are younger than eighteen (18), the parent or legal guardian's residence determines residency status. Most foreign students (anyone who is not a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident) are considered out-of-state residents regardless of the length of time in Ector County and Texas.

Note: Students with 170 or more semester hours of college courses from Texas public institutions of higher education may be subject to out-of-state tuition rates.

Texas Education Code: Higher Education Tuition and Fees

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