If you are applying to out of state colleges, is it possible to get a citizenship in that state for tuition purposes?
For tuition purposes, public college and university students are either classified as "in-state" or "out-of-state" residents. The rules for establishing residency may vary by institution and state but are likely based on students dependency status. For example, at University of Tennessee "...students under the age of 24 are considered dependent students and residency classification for tuition purposes is determined to be the same state as parent(s) or legal guardian domicile."
Emancipated students (those under the age of 24 but who are legally independent) as well as independent students (those 24 years of age or older) "<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">may establish in-state classification by producing clear and convincing evidence of Tennessee domicile."</span>
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In general, most public institutions do not allow you to establish residency for the sole purpose of attending school without meeting several other residency requirements first. For example, establishing residency can include working for an extended period of time (12 months is common), working while attending part-time for a period of time, obtaining a driver's license, registering to vote, owning a residence, and/or filing state taxes. These are just some examples.
If you are student who is considered "dependent" for financial aid purposes, your state of residency is usually considered the state you parent(s) live in.
Some states and colleges have more stringent residency requirements than others. It is always advisable to check first, so you don't get an unhappy surprise when your tuition bill arrives.
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With that said, some states that border each other have agreements about "in state" and "out of state" costs. For example, if a parent works in a bordering state and pays taxes to that state but lives in another state, their kid can ask to get "in state" tuition. Depending on the states, some will honor the request; others will not.