Texas residency shall be determined according to state statute and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules. The LSCS Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing a tuition and fee structure that shall apply to eligible in-District Texas residents. Students who are out-of-District Texas residents or international/out-of-state residents will be assessed an additional fee.
An in-District Texas resident is defined as:
An out-of-District Texas resident is defined as:
A person who has come from outside Texas and enrolls in LSCS before having resided in Texas for 12 months preceding enrollment is entitled to pay the tuition and other fees required of Texas residents. This exception applies only if the person or an adult member of the person's family who resides in the person's household and is the primary caretaker has relocated to Texas as an employee of a business or organization that became established in this state as part of the state economic development and diversification program authorized by the laws of this state. The enrollee must file with LSCS a letter of intent to establish residency in Texas.
Beneficiaries of the Texas Tomorrow Fund or Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan shall pay resident tuition and required fees for semester hours paid under the prepaid tuition contract.
A homeless individual, as defined by 42 U.S.C. Sec. 11302, who resides in Texas for 12 months preceding enrollment, but who does not have a permanent residence, shall be classified as a resident student only for purposes of workforce education courses. Under this section, documentary proof of homeless status may consist of written statements from the office of one or more legitimate social service agencies located in Texas, attesting to the provision of services to the individual over the past 12 months.
A Texas resident is entitled to pay resident tuition. A Texas resident is defined as:
Students who hold visas that enable them to domicile in the United States are allowed to be treated like permanent residents of Texas if:
A student (regardless of their immigration status) who enrolls in LSCS shall be classified a resident of Texas for tuition purposes if he or she:
Officers, enlisted persons, selectees, or draftees of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, whether Regular or Reserve (i.e., Army, Army National Guard, Air Force, Air National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, or Coast Guard), who are assigned to duty in Texas, are entitled to pay out-of-District Texas resident tuition and fees, without regard to length of time assigned to duty or resided in Texas. This waiver applies similarly to the spouses and dependent children of such service members.
However, out-of-state Army National Guard or Air National Guard members attending training with Texas Army or Air National Guard units under National Guard Bureau regulations are not entitled to the waiver merely by virtue of their training status. Also, out-of-state Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve members who are training with units in Texas under similar regulations are not entitled to the waiver merely by virtue of their training status, even if they routinely drill or train in Texas.
Members of the Army or Air National Guard, or Reserve forces, are only entitled to pay out-of-District Texas resident tuition and fees if they become members of Texas units or otherwise become Texas residents.
As long as they reside continuously in Texas, the spouses and dependent children of United States Armed Forces service members are entitled to the waiver during subsequent duty assignments of such service members.
A spouse or dependent child of a United States Armed Forces service member who is not assigned to duty in Texas but who has previously resided in Texas for a six-month period is entitled to pay out-of-District Texas resident tuition and fees for a semester, if the service member:
If a member of the Armed Forces of the United States is stationed outside Texas and the member's spouse or child resides in Texas and files with the System a letter of intent to establish residence in Texas, the System shall permit the spouse or child to pay the tuition, fees, and other charges provided for Texas residents without regard to length of time that the spouse or child has resided in Texas.
An international/out-of-state resident is defined as a person less than 18 years of age who lives away from his or her family, and whose parents or legal guardians physically reside outside of the state of Texas for the twelve (12) months preceding the semester of enrollment, or a person 18 years of age or older who has not established Texas residency.
An individual who enters the state under a visa that does not allow the establishment of a domicile, and who is later granted permanent resident status while in Texas may not be reclassified for tuition purposes until he or she has resided in Texas a minimum of twelve (12) consecutive months from the date on which he or she applied for permanent resident status.
LSCS shall require a student to complete Core Residency Questions, which shall become part of the application process. LSCS may request documentation supporting residency in order to resolve issues raised by responses to the Core Residency Questions. All registrants classified as Texas residents must affirm the correctness of that classification by signing an oath of residency as part of the admissions process. If a student's classification becomes inappropriate or incorrect for any reason, the student must inform the System's admissions office at the specific college. Failure to do so will result in a violation of the oath of residency and may result in disciplinary action by the System.
If LSCS erroneously classifies a person as a resident of this state, and the person is not entitled or permitted to pay resident tuition, then LSCS shall charge the nonresident tuition to the person beginning with the first semester that begins after the date the error is discovered.
Regardless of the reason for the error, if LSCS erroneously classifies a person as a nonresident of this state, then LSCS shall charge resident tuition to the person beginning with the semester in which the error is discovered. LSCS immediately shall refund the person the amount of tuition the person paid in excess of resident tuition.
Students enrolled in a Texas High School will receive a 100% tuition reduction for all approved courses taken for dual credit. Students enrolled in a Texas High School shall pay applicable in-district or out-of-disctrict fees, but shall not be required to pay an international fee.
LSCS may charge a student tuition at a higher rate than would otherwise be charged for certain repeated courses or excessive hours. The rate and criteria will be published in the catalog.
LSCS shall give written notice to each new undergraduate student of the maximum limit, set by law, of the number of credit hours or types of courses that a student claiming Texas residency may take while paying tuition at the rate provided for Texas residents and the tuition rate that will be charged to affected students.
Where the full cost, or a significant portion of the cost for a continuing education program or training course, including facilities, instructional salaries, equipment and other expenses, has been covered by a business, industry, or other local public or private client, whether in-cash or in-kind, tuition may be set at the rate stated in the contractual training agreement. In no event will this tuition waiver apply where the cash or in-kind contribution fails to cover at least instructional salaries. The Chancellor may authorize exceptions to this policy and shall report the same to the Board on, at least, an annual basis.
The Board shall provide for payment of tuition and fees during the fall and spring semesters according to one of the following alternatives:
Installment plans are not available for mini-semester classes or summer semester classes.
On-line enrollment for an installment payment plan is required. LSCS requires each student who elects to pay tuition and fees by installment to execute electronic documentation reflecting the terms and conditions of this privilege. Said documentation shall incorporate a written agreement outlining the terms of the arrangement, a promissory note securing the debt, and an assignment by the student of any financial aid award to the extent of coverage of the tuition and fee obligation.
The following statement in bold-faced type or in capital letters shall be included in any promissory note signed by a student:
"A student who fails to make full payment of tuition and fees, including any incidental fees, by the due date may be prohibited from registering for classes until full payment is made. A student who fails to make full payment prior to the end of the semester or session may be denied credit for the work done that semester or session."
Upon receipt of a student's satisfactorily completed electronic installment payment plan, LSCS shall apply that student's awarded financial aid toward the amount of tuition and fees due for that semester or summer session until the tuition and fees are paid in full. LSCS shall immediately release any remaining amount of the award to the student.
LSCS may postpone the due date for the payment of all or part of the tuition and fees for a student for a semester or summer session in which the student will receive one or more delayed financial aid awards if:
LSCS will notify a student of any delinquent tuition or fees as soon as practicable. LSCS's records may be adjusted to reflect the student's failure to properly enroll for that semester by not making timely payment.
A student who elects to pay tuition and fees under an installment payment plan will incur an additional enrollment fee, payable at the time of enrollment, for each semester that the student elects to pay by installment.
If a student withdraws because he or she is called to active military service, LSCS, at the student's option, shall:
The System, as soon as practicable, shall refund tuition and mandatory fees according to a published schedule.
Note: Title IV (Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, FFE Loans) aid recipients are subject to a different policy upon complete withdrawal from classes (See B.3.05, below).
For Coordinating Board-approved semester-length courses for which semester credit hours are awarded, refunds of tuition and fees is as follows:
For flex entry and non-semester-length courses, with a census date other than the 12th class day (fourth class day for a six-week summer semester):
Students who completely withdraw prior to the 60 percent date in the enrollment term will be required to return funds to both the federal government and LSCS based on the following guidelines:
The Board shall have the right to set and collect special fees, as authorized by law.
The Board may fix the rate of incidental fees to be paid by students and prospective students and may make rules for the collection of fees and for the distribution of funds collected. The rate of an incidental fee shall reasonably reflect the actual cost to LSCS of the materials or services for which the fee is collected.
The Board shall publish in the LSCS catalog a description of the amount of each incidental fee to be charged.
Incidental fees include, without limitation, such fees as late registration fees, library fines, microfilming fees, bad check charges, application processing fees, infrastructure fees and laboratory breakage charges.
LSCS shall set and collect a laboratory charge in an amount sufficient to cover the general cost of laboratory materials and supplies used by a student. The laboratory charge shall not exceed the lesser of $24 per semester credit hour of laboratory course credit for which the student is enrolled or the cost of actual materials and supplies to be used by the student.
The Board shall charge a reasonable fee to each person registered in a Continuing Education (CE) course at LSCS. The Board shall set the fee in an amount sufficient to permit LSCS to recover the costs of providing the course.
This section applies only to a course for which LSCS does not collect tuition or receive formula funding, including an extension course, correspondence course, or other self-supporting course.
The students enrolled in CE courses for which LSCS collects tuition or receives formula funding will be charged a specified amount per course hour as set forth in the LSCS catalog.
The Board shall collect from registered students an activity fee of $2.00 per credit hour each semester to be used to support student activities that are separate and apart from the regularly scheduled academic functions of LSCS and directly involve or benefit students.
All money collected as student activity fees shall be reserved and accounted for in an account kept separate and apart from educational and general funds of LSCS and shall be used only for the support of student activities.
The Chancellor shall develop procedures and guidelines for the collecting, accounting, and expending of student activity fees.
Prior to recommending the student fee budget to the Board, the Chancellor shall consider the report and recommendations of the College Student Fee Advisory Committee. Each College Student Fee Advisory Committee shall consist of nine members.
If a student registers at more than one of the colleges in the System under concurrent enrollment provisions of joint or cooperative programs between the colleges, the student shall pay all compulsory student services fees to the college designated as the home college under the joint or cooperative program, and payment of all compulsory student services fees at the other college shall be waived.
Students for whom Texas law provides specific exemptions from tuition and/or dues, fees and charges shall be granted those exemptions by LSCS.
LSCS Policy Manual Section adopted by the Board of Trustees on December 1, 2011