Texas Tech University

Domestic Prospective Students FAQ's

For students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

How can I get more information about Texas Tech University and its graduate programs?

You can find out more about the Graduate School and our programs by visiting our website (http://www.gradschool.ttu.edu) and by visiting the websites of our programs. You can learn more about Texas Tech University by visiting “About Texas Tech University” here: http://www.ttu.edu/about/.

What graduate programs are available?

A list of graduate programs is available here:
Graduate Programs

I am not certain what graduate program is best for me. What should I do?

Texas Tech University offers more than 50 graduate certificate programs, 55 master's programs, 60 doctoral programs in ten (10) different academic colleges. We invite you to visit the website of each program to find out what areas departments are currently researching and also about their application requirements. Compare this to your own academic background, professional experience, interests, and goals. 

What are the requirements for admission?

The minimum requirements for graduate admission eligibility are:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US college/university or a recognized equivalent degree from a non-US university recognized by the appropriate government entity in that country to award undergraduate degrees
  • For international applicants, proof of English proficiency which meets the minimum required score for Texas Tech University
  • Sufficient undergraduate education/training to pursue graduate work in your chosen discipline

Many departments have additional and/or higher requirements than those listed above, and satisfying minimum standards does NOT guarantee admission to Texas Tech University.

 

How can I arrange for a campus visit?

We would be delighted to show you our beautiful campus! Please contact our Recruiting Coordinator Shannon Samson to schedule a tour. Shannon can be contacted by email at shannon.samson@ttu.edu or by telephone at 806-742-2787.

How does the graduate application process work at Texas Tech University?

The application, academic records, and (for international applicants) English proficiency scores you send to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions are evaluated to make sure that they meet the minimum standards set by Texas Tech University and our regional accreditation body. If you meet minimum standards, your application is then forwarded to your prospective department , where it is added to the department-specific materials (such as letters of recommendation, written statements, etc.) you may have supplied. Depending on your prospective department, either an admission committee or the department's graduate program coordinator will review all of your application materials and make a decision on your application. Decisions about financial assistance (scholarships and assistantships) are typically made at the same time, although some departments choose to make financial considerations later in the fiscal year. The department will then submit their admission decision to our office electronically. Our staff enters the decision, which is then available in the Raiderlink portal for you to view.

When is the Office of Graduate & International Admissions open?

The Office of Graduate and International Admissions is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, except when Texas Tech University is closed for observed federal/state holidays and/or weather-related emergencies. However, office hours are NOT the same as advisor availability. A domestic admissions evaluator and an international admissions evaluator are available during a two-hour daily advising block for telephone calls and walk-in advising. The schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central Standard Time
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central Standard Time

A walk-in advising session is limited to 15 minutes per student and is on a "first come, first served" basis. Walk-in advising is typically for things such as getting more information on the application process or for submitting final/official documents. Please be advised that you may have to wait to speak with an evaluator. We welcome in-person or telephone call appointments during times outside of the daily advising times. Please email us at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu at least twenty-fours (24) hours in advance if you would like to schedule an advising appointment. Please include your name, TechID number (if known), date of birth, reason for requesting the appointment, and possible dates/times for the appointment. One of our staff will contact you to confirm the date and time of the appointment.

When is the application deadline?

There are two types of deadlines: Graduate and International Admissions deadlines and department deadlines. Some departments have deadlines which are earlier than Graduate and International Admissions deadlines, so please check with your prospective department to determine when their deadline is; some departments will not review applications received after their departmental deadline. For domestic applicants, there is no specific Graduate and International Admissions deadline, although we encourage domestic applicants to apply at least three (3) months in advance of the semester to which they want to apply. For international applicants, we have the following deadlines:

  • Summer and Fall: January 15th
  • Spring: June 15th

How much is the application fee?

The initial application fee is $60, and any subsequent application is $50.

My application materials are not ready. Should I wait until I get them to submit my application?

We encourage to apply as early as possible before the application deadline, which may mean you need to apply before items such as your test scores are ready to send. If you do need to apply before you have taken one of these tests, include your test date on your application. Please note the following regarding standardized test scores:

  • For international applicants, your application will not be evaluated without proof of English proficiency scores. You are encouraged to submit a copy of your TOEFL test-taker score report or of your IELTS score report as soon as you receive it. Screenshots of English proficiency reports are not acceptable.
    • Departments which require GRE/GMAT scores typically will not review your application without such scores. You are encouraged to send a copy of your GRE Examinee Score Report or GMAT unofficial results as soon as you receive them; screenshots of GRE/GMAT scores are not acceptable.

My program will not consider my application because the departmental deadline has passed for that term. Can I get a refund?

No, as application fees are non-refundable.

Can I apply to more than one program with one application and one fee?

No. You must submit a separate application and application fee for each application. The initial application fee is $60, and any subsequent application fee is $50. The only exception to this rule is for joint degree programs.

How can I apply for a waiver of the application fee?

Application fee waivers are only available in the following circumstances:

  • To Texas Tech University System faculty/staff employed at least half-time, their spouses, and dependents under the age of 25 – a Faculty/Staff/Dependent fee waiver form must be submitted; this form is available on our website or in our office. If you apply via ApplyTexas, please indicate "Pay by Check or Money Order" when submitting that application and then submit the fee waiver form. This form will need to be submitted with each application you submit.
  • To McNair/GEM Scholars – please have your McNair or GEM scholar coordinator contact Shannon Samson (shannon.samson@ttu.edu) to confirm your participation in the McNair Scholars/GEM programs. If you apply via ApplyTexas, please indicate "Pay by Check or Money Order" when submitting that application and then submit the fee waiver form. This form will need to be submitted with each application you submit.
  • To US Military personnel – the application fee for readmission after deployment/reassignment will be waived; please contact Shelby Cearley, Director of Graduate and International Admissions, by email at shelby.l.cearley@ttu.edu to request such a waiver. If you apply via ApplyTexas, please indicate "Pay by Check or Money Order" when submitting that application and then submit the fee waiver form. This form will need to be submitted with each application you submit.
  • To VEF Fellows – the application fee will be waived upon confirmation of your fellowship status with VEF. If you apply via ApplyTexas, please indicate "Pay by Check or Money Order" when submitting that application and then submit the fee waiver form. This form will need to be submitted with each application you submit.

How do I add, change a program, or make a correction after submitting my application?

To add or change the program of your application, please complete and submit the Graduate Application Change form plus a $50 application change fee; the form is available on our website or in our office in Administration 328. If the program you wish to change to is in a different department, you may be required to provide new department-specific application materials, so please check that department's website to find out what materials they will require.

You can contact us by email at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu to request corrections to such things as your name, date of birth, and address. You cannot change degree level, program or term unless you submit the Graduate Application Change Form and the $50 application change fee.

How do I update/correct my mailing or email address?

You may email us at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu with your updated address.

Can I change the term that I originally applied for?

You may apply for a change of application term by submitting the Graduate Application Change Form and a $50 application change fee.

How can I check my application status?

You can check your application status at any time by logging into the Raiderlink portal (http://portal.texastech.edu) with your eRaider username and password. We are not able to give application status updates via telephone or in person due to the volume of applications received.

What is a TechID number, and how can I get one?

Each graduate applicant to Texas Tech University is assigned a unique nine (9)-digit identification number when their application is entered into our database; in some cases, this ID number is generated before the application is submitted if the applicant has already submitted standardized test scores such as GRE, GMAT or TOEFL scores. You should be able to view your TechID number when you log into the Raiderlink portal. Your TechID number, which starts with the letter "R", should be visible at the top of Raiderlink towards the right side of the black banner. Please note that your TechID number is NOT the same as your ApplyTexas ID.

I already applied. Why have I not received my eRaider username and activation code?

eRaider activation emails are generally created within 1-5 business days of your application uploading into our student records database. This may be up to 3 business days after you submit an application through ApplyTexas. The username and activation code is generated if you have never had an eRaider username before. This email is sent by our office, but we do not generate the username/activation code. If you have not received an eRaider activation code within 5-7 business days of submitting your application, please send an email to graduate.admissions@ttu.edu which also includes your full name, date of birth, program applied to, and we will do our best to assist you. 

I activated my eRaider account but cannot log into the Raiderlink portal. What should I do?

Please make sure that you are logging into the correct website (http://portal.texastech.edu). There will not be an Applications tab in the eRaider Manager (http://eraider.ttu.edu). If that does not help, please contact us by email at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu; please include a screenshot of what you see when you log in to Raiderlink if at all possible, as this will assist us in diagnosing the problem.

How can I contact my prospective graduate department?

Contact information for graduate departments is available on our website here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Graddir/ga.php. The directory is sorted by colleges. Click on the college, and then departments are listed alphabetically.

How long does it take to process an application and to receive a decision?

With the exception of Graduate Temporary and Post-Graduate non-degree programs, all applications have a two-part decision process. This means your application will be reviewed by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions and then by your prospective department. Decision times vary by department. Our goal is to have a decision within eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks of your application being submitted, assuming that your application is complete shortly after your application is submitted. Incomplete applications will cause a delay in your application processing, which will result in a delay in receiving an application decision.

Graduate Temporary (GTMP) and Post-Graduate/Undergraduate Classes Only (PGRD) application decisions are made by our office. Therefore, you should have an application decision within one (1) or two (2) weeks of your application being completed. 

My application fee has not been received, or my debit/credit card has been declined. Will you review my application anyway?

No. The application fee must be received before we can proceed with your application evaluation.

Where do I send my materials?

That depends on how you will submit your application materials. Please use the address listed below for whatever method of shipment you chose to send your materials:

Physical Mailing Address
(Express Mail Only)

Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate & International Admissions
Boston Ave at Akron Ave
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Postal Mailing Address
(US Postal Service regular airmail)

Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate & International Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Several US institutions offer electronic delivery of official transcripts. If your institution offers such a service, we encourage you to use it, as electronic transcripts typically arrive much sooner than those sent via regular airmail. For schools which use ANSI/ASC X12-formatted electronic transcripts, you should only have to indicate that you wish to send your transcripts to Texas Tech University; these types of transcripts are delivered directly to the TTU Registrar's office and uploaded into your file in our secure digital filing system. For institutions using a secure electronic transcript delivery service (such as the National Student Clearinghouse, e-Scrip Safe, or Parchment), please make sure that those are sent to graduate.admissions@ttu.edu rather than your prospective department.

Department-specific materials (letters of recommendation, written statements, resumes, etc.) should be sent directly to your prospective department rather than our office.

Can I upload my application materials instead of sending them by mail?

At present, we are not yet able to offer electronic upload of application materials on ApplyTexas, on Raiderlink or on our website. We hope to offer such a service in the near future. You may, however, send unofficial copies of application materials to us by email attachment to graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.

 

I sent my materials and have proof of delivery. Why are my items not listed as received on my checklist?

Our office works diligently to update materials as quickly as possible. However, it typically takes between 2-3 weeks for us to enter materials received into our database due to the volume of applications and application materials we receive. These packets are processed in the order in which they were received, and items like transcripts and diplomas are entered after the document has been evaluated by one of our admission evaluators. For international applicants, we enter a received date on the checklist item called "Packet Received-Evaluation Pending" within 1-2 days of your packet being opened so that you will know when your packet is received. We encourage applicants to continue to check online as we cannot confirm receipt of packages via e-mail or telephone due to the volume of materials.

Can my application materials be returned to me?

No. All materials submitted become property of the Office of Graduate and International Admissions and cannot be returned.

I am a current TTU student. Do I need to complete the education history information on the application?

Yes. All applicants, including those currently enrolled at TTU, must complete all sections of the application.

Do I have to have finished my undergraduate degree by the time I apply?

No, you may apply to a graduate program while you are finishing your undergraduate degree. You must submit transcripts which show at least three (3) years or six (6) semesters of coursework in order to be eligible for graduate admission consideration. If admitted, you will be required to show proof of completion of your bachelor's degree by the twelfth (12) day of your first semester of graduate enrollment at TTU.

Am I eligible for admission if I graduate from a non-regionally accredited college/university?

No. You must have a bachelor's from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or a recognized equivalent degree from a non-US university recognized by the appropriate government entity in that country to award undergraduate degrees.

Why are my transcripts listed as "Not Received"?

Our database only allows us to code transcripts and diplomas as received if they are final and official. We created a separate requirement called "College Transcript Pending" to indicate when either incomplete or unofficial transcripts are received.

I entered recommender information on ApplyTexas, but my recommenders have not received information on how to submit letters of recommendation. Why?

At present, letters of recommendation are required by departments but not by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions, and departments vary on both the number of letters required and also on how those letters should be submitted. Please contact your prospective department to find out how they require those letters to be submitted; contact information for graduate advisors is available on our website. The ApplyTexas application does ask you to provide that information, but our office does not contact your recommenders, nor does our office have a means for them to electronically submit your recommendation letters.

Do I have to take the GRE/GMAT in order to apply for graduate admission?

The Graduate School does not require GRE/GMAT scores, but many graduate programs will require GRE/GMAT scores. Please check the website for your prospective department to find out if you will need to submit GRE/GMAT scores.

Why are my GRE/GMAT scores not listed on my application checklist?

At present, GRE/GMAT scores are required by departments but not by the Office of Graduate and International Admissions. This means that you will not see GRE/GMAT scores as received in your application checklist. However, if you ordered a score report from ETS or from GMAT, we will receive the official scores electronically within 10-14 business days of your order being received and processed by the testing organization. Your scores will be viewable to your prospective department's graduate program coordinator on our electronic application review site.

I took the GRE/GMAT several years ago. Do I need to take the exam again?

You will need to check with your prospective department to find out if they will accept scores more than five (5) years old. This is because GRE and GMAT scores are only valid for five (5) years from the date of your exam. This means that after five (5) years, you will no longer be able to request official scores be sent to Texas Tech University.

How will I know when an application decision is made on my application?

All admission decisions will be posted on your application status. Please continue to check your status online via the Raiderlink portal (http://portal.texastech.edu).

How do I apply for financial assistance?

The Office of Graduate and International Admissions does not award any financial assistance. The majority of financial assistance is awarded by academic departments. Some programs may require a separate application, while some will consider each applicant at the time they review your application. Please visit your prospective department's website to find out how to apply for financial assistance.

Additionally, the Graduate School offers some fellowships and scholarships for new and continuing graduate students. For information on how to apply for these, please visit the Graduate School Fellowships and Scholarships page here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/funding/scholarships.php. The Graduate School also has additional information on other funding opportunities on our website here: Financial Aid.

I was enrolled in the Graduate School previously but had to take a leave of absence. What do I need to do to re-enroll?

You will need to apply for readmission to the Graduate School by submitting the Graduate Application Change Form and a $50 application fee. Some departments will also require you to submit a departmental application, so please contact the graduate program coordinator in your prospective department to find out what other materials they will require.

My application was denied. How can I find out why?

If your application was denied, you will need to contact your prospective department directly to ask if they will discuss why your application was denied. Many departments, however, will not discuss individual application decisions with applicants due to the volume of applications. The Office of Graduate and International Admissions cannot provide reasons for departmental denials. In some cases, your application may be denied by our office; in those instances, we try to contact those applicants by email to let them know why their application was denied.

How do I appeal the application decision?

Texas Tech University graduate applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. The appeal must first be filed with the academic department responsible for the admissions decision; please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for that department to find out in what format the appeal must be filed. The department will reconsider your application and inform you of their decision on your request for reconsideration. An unfavorable ruling at the department level may be appealed to the Graduate School in writing within thirty (30) days of the date on the correspondence that you received from the academic department's decision on the initial appeal; please contact the Director of Graduate and International Admissions (shelby.l.cearley@ttu.edu) for more information on how to file such an appeal. Applicants can only appeal once, and decisions resulting from an appeal are final. Application fees are non-refundable regardless of the result of an appeal.

How can I contact you with additional questions which are not answered on your website?

You may contact us by email at graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.

I contacted your office to check my application status. Why can you not tell me my status over the telephone or by email?

Due to the volume of applications received, we cannot provide individual application status updates over the telephone or by email. You must check your application status on Raiderlink (http://portal.texastech.edu).

What do the various parts of the Raiderlink application status mean?

  • Application Date: This is the date that your application uploaded into our database, not necessarily the date that you submitted the application on ApplyTexas.
  • Application Type: This should say Graduate since you are applying as a graduate applicant.
  • Application Entry Term: This is the term listed on your application, followed by "TTU" to designate that you have applied to Texas Tech University rather than one of the other institutions in the Texas Tech University System.
  • College: This should say Graduate since you are applying to the Graduate School.
  • Degree: This will indicate the type of graduate degree to which you are applying (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy, etc.).
  • Major: This will indicate your application major.
  • Application Status: This refers to any decision entered into our database, including non-admissions decisions. These are the most common non-admission decisions you will see under "Application Status".
    1. Blank - This means that your file has not yet been evaluated by one of our admission advisors.
    2. Pending - Pending means that we have all the materials we need to evaluate your file, and your file has been added to the queue to be reviewed by one of our advisors. Your transcript's status will be updated when an advisor evaluates your file.
    3. Deferred to Department - Deferred to Department means that our office completed the preliminary evaluation of your file (which includes credential evaluation and review of English proficiency scores) and created paperwork for your prospective department to review. This also means that our office is awaiting a final admission decision pending departmental evaluation.
    4. Waiting for Test Scores (international applicants only) - Waiting for Test Scores means that we have not received either student-supplied or official TOEFL or IELTS scores. These scores are only valid for two years.
  • Decision Date: This indicates the most recent update to your decision status, and it includes decision statuses of Pending, Deferred to Department, and Waiting for Test Scores. It does not necessarily mean that an admission decision has been made on your application.
  • Requirement Type: This is the list of items required for your Graduate School application only. It will NOT show department-specific items such as letters of recommendation, written statements, and/or GRE/GMAT scores. The checklist item will show first, followed by a description of the item. For example, seeing "Application Fee. PAID" means that your application fee from ApplyTexas uploaded into your application in our database.
  • Status: This will show either "Received" if your checklist item has been received and evaluated or "Not Received". Please note that items will NOT appear on your checklist until the item has been evaluated by our staff.
  • Received Date: This indicates the date that the item was evaluated and marked as received by our staff. For test scores, this typically will show the date that your test score was electronically received and uploaded into our database from ETS (GRE and TOEFL) or Pearson VUE (GMAT).
  • Application Fee: This will populate when your application fee or your application change fee is received.
  • Statement from Sponsor's Bank: This item is OPTIONAL at time of application for international applicants. You do NOT need to submit proof of financial support unless you are admitted and require either an I-20 or a DS-2019 for visa purposes.
  • College Transcript: This code is designated for the final/official receipt of transcripts in our office.
  • College Transcript Pending: Our database only allows us to code transcripts and diplomas as received if they are final and official. We created a separate requirement College Transcript Pending to indicate when either incomplete or unofficial transcripts are received.
  • Degree/Diploma/Cert/Foreign: This code is designated for the final/official diploma or degree certificate. This will be updated once your file is reviewed by an admissions evaluator. Neither provisional certificates nor unofficial copies of diplomas/degree certificates will be entered as received.
  • IELTS or TOEFL Score: This is the code used for proof of English proficiency for international applicants. Only official scores will be listed as received. Our database does not allow us to input student-supplied scores on the checklist.
  • Copy of Passport Bio Page: This item is OPTIONAL at time of application for international applicants. It will only be required upon admission to ensure that your I-20 or your DS-2019 is correctly formatted, as your passport and immigration documents must match.

How do I accept or decline the admission offer?

At present, the Office of Graduate and International Admissions does not require you to accept or decline the admission offer. However, some departments will, particularly if they have offered you financial assistance. Please check with your department to find out if they require you to accept their offer and how to do so.

Do I need to provide any immunization records?

Beginning in Spring 2012, all newly admitted students must provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccine BEFORE they can register for classes. Please visit the university's meningitis vaccine information page for more information about the requirement, including exemptions and waivers, at http://www.admissions.ttu.edu/index.php/admission-financial_aid/meningitis-vaccine/.

Additionally, all students must provide proof of additional immunizations by the twelfth class day of their first semester of enrollment; some international students may also be required to submit tuberculosis screening results. Please visit Student Health Services' immunization webpage (http://www.ttuhsc.edu/studenthealth/documents/Offical_Immunization_2009.pdf) for more information.

 

When do I enroll for classes?

Advanced registration begins about 3-4 months before the fall semester begins and about 2-3 months before the spring semester begins. You can find out the precise date by looking on the university calendar here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/calendar/index.php. Search for "advanced registration".

How do I pay my tuition bill?

Your tuition bill is available in Raiderlink. The preferred method of payment is eBill, and you can pay with electronic bank transfer, credit card or debit card through eBill . International students can also make payments through peerTransfer (http://ttu.peertransfer.com/).

When do classes begin?

Please check the university calendar to find out when academic terms begin. The calendar is available here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/calendar/index.php.

How do I get a student ID card?

Once you are registered for classes, you can get your student ID card at the University ID office, which is located in room 103 of the Student Union Building 103.

Is there on-campus housing for graduate students?

You may apply for on-campus housing through University Student Housing (http://www.housing.ttu.edu); however, on-campus housing for graduate students is very limited. The majority of graduate students live off-campus. You can find more information about living off-campus at the Lubbock Apartments website (http://www.lubbockapartments.com).

I was admitted but cannot enroll. Will my admission be automatically deferred to a new term?

No. Admission is guaranteed only for the term to which you were admitted. You may apply for a change of entry date by submitting a Graduate Application Change Form and a $50 application change form. Some departments will require you to submit updated departmental materials as well, so please check with your prospective department to find out what, if any, materials you will need to send to them.

How can I apply for financial assistance?

The Office of Graduate and International Admissions does not award any financial assistance. The majority of financial assistance is awarded by academic departments. Some programs may require a separate application, while some will consider each applicant at the time they review your application. Please visit your prospective department's website to find out how to apply for financial assistance.

Additionally, the Graduate School offers some fellowships and scholarships for new and continuing graduate students. For information on how to apply for these, please visit the Graduate School Fellowships and Scholarships page here: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/funding/scholarships.php. The Graduate School also has additional information on other funding opportunities on our website here: Financial Aid

How can I get a campus parking permit?

Please visit University Parking Services' webpage for Student Parking (http://www.parking.ttu.edu/students/student-parking-home) to find out how students can get campus parking permits.

How can I determine if I am eligible for in-state tuition?

For detailed information about regulations relating to residency in the State of Texas, visit the College for All Texans Residency Information page here: http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/index.cfm?ObjectID=6D1466D9-AEA5-DE00-C12F3F75E7367718.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has established rules that govern Texas residency for higher education in Texas. You may view the rules online here: http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=19&pt=1&ch=21&sch=B&rl=Y.

Individuals can establish residency in two basic ways, one based on graduation from high school and the other based on the establishment of domicile. The option related to establishment of domicile is available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and to international students who hold certain types of visas.


Option 1: Residency through High School Graduation

This option for establishing Texas residency is available to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and to international students.

To establish residency through high school graduation, you must

  • Graduate from a Texas high school or receive a GED in Texas; and
  • Live in Texas for the 36 months immediately before high school graduation; and
  • Live in Texas for the 12 months immediately before the census date (usually the 12th class day) of the semester in which you enroll at Texas Tech University (or another college or university).

If you are an international student seeking residency through high school graduation, you must submit a Residency Affidavit stating that you will apply for permanent residency when you are eligible to do so.

Option 2: Residency by Establishing Domicile

This option for establishing Texas residency is available to

  • Citizens or permanent residents of the US (Non-citizens and non-permanent residents may also use this option if they have an application for permanent residency on file with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.)
  • International students who hold an eligible visa; a table of eligible visas is available online here:
    http://info.sos.state.tx.us/fids/200804066-1.html

If you are independent for tax purposes, you may gain resident status if you establish domicile in the state. If your parent(s) claim you as a dependent on their federal income tax return, they must establish domicile in the state for you to claim residency.

To establish domicile, you or your parent(s) must meet the following criteria:

  1. Live in Texas for 12 consecutive months; and
  2. Establish and maintain domicile for 12 consecutive months by doing one of the following:
    • Be gainfully employed in Texas (Student jobs do not qualify as gainful employment.)
    • Sole or joint marital ownership of residential real property in Texas by the person seeking to enroll or the dependent's parent, having established and maintained a domicile at the residence
    • Own and operate a business in Texas
    • Be married for one year to a person who has established domicile in Texas

How is my residency for tuition purposes determined?

When students apply for admission, the university uses information they provide on their ApplyTexas applications to make an initial determination about residency. If the submitted information indicates that the student isn't a U.S. citizen or permanent resident but that he or she may qualify for residency based on Texas high school graduation, the student will be prompted by the ApplyTexas application to download and submit the Residency Affidavit.

The affidavit is a statement by the student that he or she qualifies for residency. It must be completed, signed, notarized, and submitted to the university in order for the student to be classified as a resident.

I am eligible to pay in-state tuition because of a scholarship/assistantship, but my tuition account still shows out-of-state tuition. Why?

An out-of-state waiver is not the same as residency for tuition purposes. Our office determines residency for tuition purposes, while the out-of-state waiver for a scholarship or an assistantship is processed by Student Business Services. Waivers are attached according to statutory regulations. It is possible that your tuition balance will not reflect your waiver until after the payment due date, so please visit the Student Business Services website(http://www.sbs.ttu.edu)

How do I apply for residency?

If you are a prospective student, you must submit your application for admission. Students completing a U.S. application will complete the residency questions as part of the admissions application. International students will need to submit the Residency Core Questions or the Residency Affidavit to apply for residency.

Currently enrolled students may submit the Residency Core Questions after they or their parents have lived in Texas for twelve (12) consecutive months.

I would like to have my residency status reviewed. How can I do that, and what is the best time to request such a review?

To have your residency status reviewed, you must submit a new set of residency questions. The residency questionnaire may be downloaded from our website, or a copy may be obtained from our office in Administration 328. A request for reclassification or review of residency must be made before the census date of the semester (the 12th class day). If your residency request is received after the census date, your residency status cannot be updated until the next semester.

How can I obtain the Residency Core Questions or the Residency Affidavit?

These forms are available either on our website or in our office at Administration room 328.

What other documents should I turn in with the Residency Core Questions form?

You should submit verification that you have established domicile in Texas. To establish domicile, you should submit documentation that verifies

  • One year of employment (paycheck stubs or letter from employer),
  • Property ownership in Texas for one year (Warranty Deed),
  • Business ownership in Texas for one year
  • Proof that you have been married to a Texas resident for one year (marriage license and verification of spouse's employment, property ownership or business ownership in Texas).

After review of your responses to the Residency Core Questions, the residency determination officer may request additional items from you to help establish your residency status.

What can I do if my application for residency was denied by the Residency Determination Official?

You can appeal the residency officer's decision. To do so, you must write a letter to the Director of Graduate and International Admissions stating why you feel you should be considered a Texas resident and providing any additional information, including documentation, to state your case further. The director will review the appeal and make a determination. The decision of the Director of Graduate and International Admissions is final; no additional levels of appeal are possible.

Are their additional waivers of out-of-state tuition for which I may be eligible?

Information concerning waivers of out-of-state is available at the College For Texans Financial Aid – Waivers webpage (http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa.cfm?Kind=W).

My parents live in a state other than Texas and claim me on their taxes. Can I establish residency?

If your parents live in another state and claim you as a dependent on their federal income taxes, then you are not eligible to establish residency unless one of the following is true:

  • You are graduating from a Texas high school.
  • Your parents can claim a temporary absence from Texas.
  • You are over the age of 18 and your parents stop claiming you as a dependent when filing federal income taxes; in this case you would be eligible to establish residency as an independent student.

One of my parents is a Texas resident. May I claim residency even if I live out of state?

You can base Texas residency on the parent who resides in Texas if that parent

  • Claims you as a dependent on his or her federal income tax return or
  • Is eligible to claim you as a dependent on his or her federal income tax return. (In general, parents who pay child support are eligible to claim a child for federal income tax purposes.)

I am currently attending Texas Tech as a Texas resident, but my parents will be moving to another state. Will I still be classified as a Texas resident?

Once you enroll as a Texas resident, your status will not change as long as you remain continuously enrolled each fall and spring semester.

If I am temporarily absent from Texas, will I lose my status as a Texas resident?

A temporary absence by a student or by the parent of a student (upon whom the student bases his or her residency) does not affect the student's ability to claim residency if the temporary absence is the result of:

  • Service in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Public Health Service, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Department of State,
  • An employment assignment
  • Educational purposes

The person or the dependent's parent must provide documentation of the reason for the temporary absence. To claim a temporary absence, a student or parent must first establish Texas residency. Non-resident classification may result if the temporary absence occurs before completion of at least one year of residency connected to establishment of a domicile.

I am currently enrolled at a Texas college or university and am classified as a Texas resident. Will my residency status transfer to Texas Tech University?

If you were classified as a Texas resident while you were enrolled in another Texas college or university and you were enrolled for more than one summer term, you will be classified as a Texas resident if you enroll at Texas Tech University. You may be required to verify your residency classification at the previous institution to be classified as a resident at Texas Tech University.

If you were enrolled at another Texas college or university for only one summer term, you will not qualify under this rule.

I live in a state other than Texas and I am marrying a Texas resident. Does marriage to a Texas resident make me a Texas resident?

Being married to a Texas resident does not qualify a person for immediate Texas residency. If you are a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of the U.S., or an international student with an immigration status that allows you to domicile in the U.S. and you are married to a Texas resident, you must live in the state of Texas for 12 consecutive months and be married to a Texas resident for 12 months to qualify for Texas residency.

Spouses of Texas residents may attend a Texas college or university during the 12 months needed to establish residency but will pay out-of-state tuition during that time. If you are in this situation, you may apply for reclassification as a Texas resident after one year of residence in Texas and one year of marriage to a Texas resident.

I received resident status some time after classes started. Will I get a refund for the out-of-state portion of tuition and fees that I previously paid?

You must submit the Residency Core Questions by the census date (12th class day) of the relevant term in order for your classification as a Texas resident to be effective for that semester. Students are eligible for refunds only if the residency form is submitted before the census date.

I moved to Texas to go to Texas Tech University (or another college/university). But I think I now meet the criteria for establishing residency. Is it possible for me to be classified as a resident?

In general people who move to Texas to attend college are presumed not to have the required intent to make Texas their domicile. In some situations, however, this presumption may be overruled if the student submits "clear and convincing evidence" that he or she has established and maintained a residence or domicile, as appropriate. Submitting such evidence is the responsibility of the student seeking to be classified as a resident.

I am a member of the military. What are the general rules about my residency status?

A military member's residency is based on the state they list as their legal residence for tax purposes with the military as found on their LES. If you're in the military and you list Texas as your legal residence for tax purposes, you will be classified as a resident of Texas. To claim residency through this process, you must have resided in Texas for one year at some point.

Please see the College for Texans Financial Aid – Waivers webpage (http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/financialaid/tofa.cfm?Kind=W) for information on out-of-state-tuition waivers for military members who are not Texas residents.

I am currently active duty military. How can I have my out-of-state tuition waived so I can pay in-state tuition?

Active duty military (including active reserves and National Guard) may have their out-of-state tuition waived to in-state tuition if they are stationed with a unit in Texas. To obtain this waiver, active duty military and their dependents must submit the Certification of Military Personnel Who Enroll at Texas Tech University form and submit it to Student Business Services. This form must be submitted each academic year of enrollment.

What is the residency status for teachers, professors and their dependents?

Teachers and professors employed at least half time on a regular monthly salary basis by any Texas public institution of higher education are entitled to pay the same tuition as a resident of Texas for themselves, their spouses, and their dependent children. This waiver of out-of-state tuition does not depend upon the length of residence in Texas as long as the effective date of employment for the teacher or professor is on or prior to the official census date of the relevant term(s).

To obtain this waiver, such employees must submit, before each semester's enrollment, the Nonresident/Foreign Tuition Exemption form certifying employment from the director of personnel or a designated representative of the institution of higher education by which he or she is employed. This provision applies to eligible teachers and professors and their dependents no matter which Texas public institution of higher education they may attend. It is the intent of this rule that employment be for the duration of the period of enrollment for which a waiver is awarded.

Such requests at Texas Tech University should be directed to Student Business Services. The student will remain classified as a non-resident on the mainframe database as this exception is a result of a waiver of tuition to in-state rates.

I am a student employed as a teaching or research assistant. Am I eligible to pay in-state tuition?

Teachers and professors employed at least half time on a regular monthly salary basis by any Texas public institution of higher education are entitled to pay the same tuition as a resident of Texas for themselves, their spouses, and their dependent children. This waiver of out-of-state tuition does not depend upon the length of residence in Texas as long as the effective date of employment for the teacher or professor is on or prior to the official census date of the relevant term(s).

To obtain this waiver, such employees must submit, before each semester's enrollment, the Nonresident/Foreign Tuition Exemption form certifying employment from the director of personnel or a designated representative of the institution of higher education by which he or she is employed. This provision applies to eligible teachers and professors and their dependents no matter which Texas public institution of higher education they may attend. It is the intent of this rule that employment be for the duration of the period of enrollment for which a waiver is awarded.

Such requests at Texas Tech University should be directed to Student Business Services. The student will remain classified as a non-resident on the mainframe database as this exception is a result of a waiver of tuition to in-state rates.