In 2001, Texas was the first state to pass a law (HB 1403/SB 1528) granting certain immigrant students the opportunity to pursue higher education. If you meet the below requirements, regardless of your status, the repeal of DACA does not impact your eligibility to pay in-state tuition and receive state financial aid for college. Please note that these requirements are specific to Texas institutions:
- Must have lived in Texas at least three years before receiving a high school diploma or GED.
- Must have lived in Texas at least three years before enrolling in a public college or university.
- Must submit a residency affidavit stating that an application for permanent residency will be filed at the earliest opportunity (varies by institution).
- Male students between the ages of 18-26 must register with Selective Service.
- Must be a first time in college (FTIC) undergraduate student.
HB 1403/SB 1528 requires college students to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements; these requirements vary by institution, so we recommend verifying with your college directly. In addition, funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because state financial aid is limited, students are highly-encouraged to submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) as soon as possible.