To provide a waiver of nonresident tuition for individuals who are residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico or Oklahoma and have graduated from or completed 45 semester credit hours while enrolled in certain public institutions in Texas while paying a reduced tuition rate based on reciprocity, to attend an upper-level institution in Texas while paying a tuition rate based on the rate charged Texas students at similar institutions in their state.
NOTE: This webpage is intended to provide basic information for the public by highlighting requirements that appear in the Texas Education Code (TEC) and Texas Administrative Code (TAC). When reviewing eligibility requirements this exemption program, you should always refer to the relevant statutes and rules. The information on this webpage is to be used solely as a resource and does not override the statute or rules for this exemption program. It is not intended as, and does not constitute, legal advice.
Students who are residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico or Oklahoma enrolled at eligible institutions.
The waiver applies to eligible students attending an upper-level institution located in the relevant community college's district or in the county in which the relevant technical college is located, or in a county adjacent to the county in which the technical college is located. The waiver currently applies only to the following state and institutions: Arkansas (earn 45 semester credit hours at Texarkana College and transfer to TAMU-Texarkana).
The tuition rate charged students participating in this program is based on the rate similar institutions in the students' home state charge Texas residents to attend. Therefore, the program can be used only when the Texas institution has an agreement with a similar institution in the student's home state, to allow Texas residents attending the other state's institution to pay a reduced rate also.
The process for applying for a tuition waiver varies from college to college. Normally, the office of the registrar processes tuition waivers. However, waivers may also be processed by the admissions office and/or financial aid. The student must be able to provide the college or university with proof that he/she meets the program eligibility requirements.
Generally, student eligibility for a waiver must be established prior to or at the time of enrollment. Contact your college for additional information.
- To read more about this program check out:
Texas Education Code, §54.060 (a) and Coordinating Board Rule, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, Section 29 (Pertaining to Exceptions)..
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