Residence Status for Tuition Purposes
Assessment of tuition and fees for students is based on the residency classification of the student. At Odessa College, a student’s residency status for tuition purposes will fall in one of four categories.
- In-district resident: Students who are 18 years or older must be residents of the state of Texas for 12 months immediately prior to their enrollment, including the immediately preceding six months as residents in Ector County. In the case of students younger than 18, their parents or legal guardian must meet the above criteria.
- Out-of-district resident: Students 18 years and older who have not lived within Ector County six months immediately prior to registration, but who have been a resident of Texas at least 12 months immediately prior to registration, are considered to be out-of-district students. In the case of students younger than 18, their parents or legal guardian must meet the above criteria.
- Out-of-state resident: United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older and who have not lived in Texas for at least 12 months immediately prior to registration are considered out-of-state residents. When students are younger than 18, their parent or legal guardian’s residence for the prior 12 months determines whether they are out-of-state residents.
- Foreign students: Foreign students are considered out-of-state residents.
For a breakdown of cost by semester hours and residency status, click here.
Residence Requirements for Tuition Purposes
Students with 150 or more semester hours of college courses from Texas public institutions of higher education may be subject to out-of-state tuition rates.
The determination of a student’s legal residence for purposes of establishing the appropriate tuition rates is made at OC according to guidelines pursuant to Title III, Texas Education Code and Rules and Regulations for determining residence status as established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Copies of these guidelines are available for inspection in the Records Office or Admissions Office. Questions or disputes regarding interpretation of these guidelines should be directed to the Records Office.
The total tuition and fee rate for residents of Ector County is $95 per semester credit hour with a minimum charge equivalent to three semester hours or $285. This rate includes a general services fee of $21 per hour and a student activity fee of $2 per hour.
The total tuition and fee rate for Texas residents who reside outside of Ector County is $146 per semester credit hour with a minimum charge equivalent to three semester hours or $438. This rate includes a general services fee of $21 per hour and a student activity fee of $2 per hour.
The total tuition and fee rate for out-of-state and foreign students is $227 per semester credit hour with a minimum charge equivalent to three semester hours or $681. This rate includes a general services fee of $21 per hour and a student activity fee of $2 per hour.
Other fees may be required such as fees for labs, student liability insurance, travel, testing, and private music instruction. Special program tuition may be required for certain courses that involve higher instructional costs. For a breakdown of other fees, click here.
If a student is dropped from their course(s), but requests to be reinstated after the census date, the student must see the Registrar’s Office for approval. A reinstatement fee of $150 will be accessed and must be paid along with tuition immediately.
Schedule Change Fee/Late Registration Fee
A schedule change fee of $25 will be charged for classes added/dropped after the first day of class.
A late registration of $25 will be charged to students registering on the first day of class through census day