College Tuition – In-State or Out-of-State Fees?

By Raghuram Sukumar Admission Edit

Tuition fees in U.S. universities and colleges are very expensive when compared to tuition fees in other countries. But with higher fees come better quality of education.

I’m responding to a comment made by Doniyor in the post, How to select U.S. Universities.

Hi There, I am from Germany, I am heading to the States to study, I am now googling college tuition fees, but there are in-state and out-of-state tuition fees. Am I considered for being out-of-state student?

In-State vs. Out-of-State Tuition Fees

To help students understand the difference between an in-State and out-of-State college fee, read the previous post, In-State vs Out of State Tuition Fees.

This will give you a clear understanding about college tuition fees in U.S. universities.

I have answered a similar question about college tuition and residency requirements in a previous post. Find out here if you qualify for In-State Tuition fees.

U.S. Students (Citizens and Permanent Residents) College Fees

For example, let’s assume Stacey lives in Florida and decided to attend college in Texas. She will be considered an out-of-State student for 1 year.

So in the first year of her bachelor’s or graduate studies, she has to pay out-of-State tuition fees.

After completing 1 year of stay in Texas, she can now claim residency in Texas, which means she can pay in-State fees starting on her second year and will be considered as a resident of Texas. This example applies to all the States in America.

University of Texas at Austin – Quotes

Q. How do I establish residency?

A. One must be an independent (not claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes) US citizen or permanent resident (have a green card, also known as card I-551 or the evidence of I-551 stamp in the passport) or international student who is eligible to establish a domicile in Texas and live in the state of Texas for 12 consecutive months and establish a domicile in Texas prior to enrollment.

Q. How do I establish a domicile in Texas?

A. A domicile in Texas is presumed if, at least 12 months prior to the census date of the semester in which he or she is to enroll, at least one of the following applies:

1) The person owns real property in Texas
2) The person owns a business in Texas
3) The person is married to someone who has established a domicile in Texas, and
4) The person has had gainful employment other than work-study and other such student employment in Texas. (For more details, read visit UT Autsin.)

Can International Students claim Residency in State?

International students are considered as non-residents for tuition purposes.

Unless a student gets scholarship or some form of RA or TA, the student will have to pay out-of-State college fees, even after completing 1 year of stay in any U.S. State.

University of Texas at Brownsville – Quotes

An international student, for example a student on an F-1 or J-1 visa, who is not permitted to establish domicile in the United States, does not qualify for the in-district tuition rate.

University of Texas at Austin – Quotes

I am an international student and I want to know how I can establish residency?

The following international students are eligible to establish a domicile in Texas under the law and can obtain Texas residency if they meet the basic residency requirements as listed in the first question on this list:

  • Parolee, holder of asylum status or refugee
  • A student who has applied for adjustment of status to permanent residency (must have received an I-485 notice of action for the green card application)
  • Holder of a visa that is eligible to domicile in the US. See the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Body (THECB) list of eligible visas.
  • High school graduation in Texas after 36 months of residence in the state.

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