Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes
In county residence: To qualify as a Dallas County resident, a student (or the parent upon whom the student is dependent) must have legal residence in the United States and in Texas. In addition, they must have established legal residence in Dallas County prior to the first day of classes for the session in which this status is sought. As a district supported by Dallas county taxes, legal residents of Dallas county pay a lower tuition rate than residents of other Texas counties. Please be aware: The boundaries of the city of Dallas and Dallas county are different. It is possible to live in the city of Dallas and not in Dallas county.
In-State residence: In general, to qualify as a Texas student for tuition purposes, the student (or the parent upon whom the student is dependent) must have legal residence in the United States and in Texas, and must have maintained continuous residence in Texas for a period of 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes for the semester or session in which this status is sought. Permanent residents must have had their "Green Card" for a period of 12 months in order to be considered for Texas residency.
Ad Valorem Tax Waiver: Students who do not qualify for Dallas County tuition status may be eligible for an Ad Valorem Tax Waiver. This status is available if they (or the parent upon whom they are dependent) have purchased property in Dallas County which is assessed Ad Valorem tax. This must be property owned by an individual, not a business or corporation.
As a district supported by Dallas county taxes, only Dallas county Ad Valorem tax payers are eligible for this waiver.