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College Tuition fees in U.S. Universities and Colleges very high, when compared to tuition fees in other countries. With higher fees comes, better quality of education. I’m responding to comment submitted by Doniyor in How to select US 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 In State and Out of State College Fees, read the difference between In-State vs Out of State Tuition Fees. That will give clear understanding about college tuition in U.S. Universities.

I have answered a similar question about College Tuition and Residency Requirements. Find out if you qualify for In-State Tuition fee.

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

For example, lets assume Stacey lives in Florida and decided to attend college in Texas. She will be considered out of state student for 1 year. So, in first year of her Bachelor’ or Graduate Degree, she has to pay out of state fees. After completing 1 year of stay in Texas, she can now claim residency in Texas, which means, she can pay in state fees from second year and will be considered as resident of Texas. This example applies to all the states in U.S.

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.
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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, 4) the person has had gainful employment other than work-study and other such student employment in Texas. (For more details visit UT Autsin)

Can International Student claim Residency in State?

International Students are considered as Non residents for tuition purpose. Unless, students gets scholarship or some form of RA or TA, they will have to pay out of state college fees, even after completing 1 year of stay in any state.

University of Texas at Brownsville – Quotes

An international student, for example a student on a 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 THECB list of eligible visas.
  • High school graduation in Texas after 36 months of residence in the state