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In-State Tuition for Non-Citizens (HB1403)

House Bill 1403 is a law passed in 2001 that allows certain non-citizen students to pay in-state tuition at a Texas public university and to qualify for state financial aid.  Thus, a student born and raised in Texas whose parents move out of state while he/she was in high school will not lose his/her claim to residency if the student remains in Texas for the required 36 months and graduates or acquires the GED. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and are limited by state funding provided to UTSA.

To apply for this program fund students must:

  • Have resided with a parent or legal guardian or conservator during at least a portion of the 3 years leading up to high school graduation or the receipt of a GED certificate.
  • Have graduated from a public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this state;
  • Have resided in this state for at least three years as prior to date the person graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma;
  • Have registered as an entering student in an institution of higher education no earlier than the 2001 fall semester

Only Required if not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident:

  • Have lived in Texas the 12 months prior to enrollment.
  • Student must be coded as a House Bill student by the Admission’s Office.
  • Student must submit a paper TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid) with all applicable documents by March 15th deadline to the One Stop Enrollment Center, in order to be reviewed for potential funding. 

TASFA Application (Application deadline March 15th)

Here is a guide to understand when to use the FASFA or TASFA. There are both English and Spanish language versions of the TASFA available.

Non-tax filers, who were not required to file based on IRS income thresholds, must provide a breakdown of living expenses and source(s) of income covering those expenses. Male students must register with Selective Service and provide proof they have registered or are not required to register.

Additional program information:

  • The HB1403 program requires that the student meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  • Independent students must submit a 2015 signed 1040 tax return and 2015 IRS tax transcript.
  • Parents of dependent students should submit their 2015 signed 1040 tax return and 2015 IRS tax transcript.
  • Non-tax filers, who are not required to file based on IRS income thresholds, must provide a breakdown of living expenses and source(s) of income covering those expenses.
  • Male students must register for Selective Service and provide proof they have registered or provide proof that they are exempt from requirement.
  • Award notifications will be sent in mid to late July.
  • This program is not available in the summer terms.
  • Please visit www.collegeforalltexans.com for additional information.

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