Students coming to the US in F-1 student visa have to pay out of State tuition fees. For those who don’t know, there’s a huge difference between in-State and out of State tuition fees.
A new Bill was passed recently in the Washington State (where Microsoft and Amazon head offices are located) that will allow H-1B workers to be eligible for in-State tuition fee after staying in the State for at least 1 year.
In-State Tuition Fee – H-1B Visa
Here are a few details about the new bill:
- Under House Bill 1487, which takes effect July 1, the foreign workers would qualify for the same tuition rate as state residents if they have been in the State at least a year on certain kinds of temporary work visas, such as the H-1B
- But the measure was written so broadly that children of visa holders who also had graduated from a State high school became unintended beneficiaries.
Read more details about this bill.
Do you think all the States in US will pass a similar bill? If so, students applying for master’s programs through F-1 visa will start applying for H-1B visa for good measure.
Sample Tuition Fee Comparison
- In-State Tuition Fee – $3,000 (per semester)
- Out of State Tuition Fee – $9,000 (per semester)