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
  • Madhavi

    My husband has been working fo 5 years in GA on H1. If join in a school for higher studies am I eligible for instate fee

  • sneha

    i am pursuing b pharam first year in 2011-2012,when do i apply for gre and toefl

  • Praise

    I am an prospective international student i am entitled to instate fee

  • Alejandra Fernandez

    Hi, I’m currently enrolled and studying basics in San Antonio College. I was under an E-1 visa but it was going to expire so I changed it to an F-1 visa.
    I did my four years of high school here in San Antonio, Tx, graduated 2008 and I’ve been doing basics here. Changed my status and last semester I paid in-state tuition (under the F-1 visa) but now they’re trying to make me pay out of state.
    Do I qualify to pay in-state tuition? I did my 4 years of high school here and in total, I’ve lived in Tx for about 9 years already…
    Thank you!

  • Bridgett

    My dad just moved to Alabama for a job offer and will remain there. The rest of my family, my little brother, mother, and me, are staying in Virginia until i graduate this year. My dad says i have to go to college in Alabama because he does not want to pay out of state tuition in Virginia. Ive lived here for 8 years, have a Virginian license, and im going to graduate in a Virginian high school; if i want to go to college here in Virginia am i considered instate or out of state even if my parents are in Alabama. Btw im turning 18 in 5 months if that effects anything…

    • HSB

      You have to establish residency in Alabama to get In-State Fees. Check with the school for specific requirements for residency.

  • Dennis

    I have a house in north carolina but we dont live there. We are livivg in virginia. If my daughter decide to atten to north carolina university. Will she have to pay for out of state tuition fer?

  • Z


    Some universities like St. Cloud State University offers in-state tuition for international students via the Academic & Cultural Sharing Scholarship, which saves almost $7000 per year.

    There’s no need to apply for the scholarship for new international students, it is granted to you on your first semester. Then all you need to do is complete two cultural sharing activities and maintain other requirements to qualify for the ACSS scholarship.

    More information here:

  • machbio

    great article.. but why have u concentrated on texas,,