Do you get residency in the state you go to college in after one year?
I want to go out of state for college, but it is really expensive. How long does it take to get residency and that will make my tuition costs in-state right. #college #expensive
Hi Logan-- I think it's great that you are considering out-of-state colleges! Unfortunately, in my experience, universities typically make it pretty tough for students to be considered residents to qualify for in-state tuition. For example, my university required that a student must live in the state for 12 consecutive months, be enrolled less than full-time, be registered to vote in the state, have a state driver's license, be employed in the state for at least 30 hours/week, etc. The requirements will vary from place to place, though, so some universities may have less strict guidelines than that. I would recommend taking a look at the registrar websites of the schools. A lot of times, they will lay out the procedure for obtaining residency and qualifying for in-state tuition there. You might also check with the schools' financial aid offices. Many universities offer scholarships or aid specifically for out-of-state students.
Affordability is certainly very important, but just as important is to make sure the curriculum and resulting degree has earning potential. In my opinion there are far too many degreed program that cost a great deal of money, but offer very little in terms of earning potential. Do you homework to maximize your match in interests and earning potential, and just be within reason on cost. Also, do your best to position yourself with good grades, volunteerism, involvement, and relationships that will give you good recommendations so you will be more competitive when applying for scholarships.