How Do You Get in-State Tuition?


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Qualifying for in-state tuition generally requires that the student be a dependent of a parent who is a resident of that state, or that the student be a resident of that state if he is independent. Residency requirements differ from state to state, but typically require living there for one year.

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For a student to qualify according to parental residency as a dependent, the student must have the majority of his expenses paid by the resident parent. In the case of divorce, however, dependency may be based on whichever parent has custody of the child, depending on state statutes. The student does not have to be declared a dependent on the parent's tax returns. An independent student is one who has reached a minimum age according to state requirements. At that point, the student must meet the same residency requirements as a dependent student's parent.

Typically, residency requirements demand that the state be the primary location of the resident's abode for a set period before the beginning of school. This can range from no time required in Tennessee to 24 months of residency in Alaska.

Each college determines residency based on state requirements. Proof of residency is required, which can include voter registration cards, declaration of domicile for the state or having attended secondary school in the state.

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