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In-State Tuition Fees for H-1B Workers in Washington State

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)

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


  1. Proud American on January 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM


    Do you know that H1-B workers are not cheap labor? I was surprised to know that H1-B workers require minimum basic salary to even apply for that VISA. I used to think like you when I was doing my Undergraduate. But when I graduated and applied for my Masters, I came to know that I got selected for various scholarships just because I am American Citizen. There were many deserving candidates from all over the world with 4.0 GPA and amazing GRE score. While I had average GRE and below average GPA – and still I got scholarship.

    I think one need to look hard. Being US citizens, we have lot of opportunities as compared to H1-B VISA holders. I agree that they are eventually taking our jobs. But for our nation to thrive and remain the best nation in the world, we need these people. We need talented people.

    I hope I have conveyed my point without hurting anyone's feeling.


    • siva7891 on March 14, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      I think you didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

  2. Ganesh Gopal on June 29, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Texas, already has this law right ?

    • HSB on June 29, 2009 at 3:15 PM

      This law will allow all the dependents to get In-state tuition fee. Some states already allow H1B Visa holders (and H4) to take part time enrollment in school with In-State fee.

      • Vivian on July 15, 2009 at 6:45 PM

        Is North Carolina one of those states?

  3. stbill on June 29, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    So I, an American citizen, was denied in-state tuition several years ago after I had already lived in the state more than three years. I then had to wait until I turned 23 and legally emancipated from my parents before being awarded with in-state status and the tuition rate I could afford without selling myself out to the 'US Student Loan' slavery-for-life system.

    Of course, what the hell was the point in obtaining it, working my ass off for 5 years of engineering courses and part time jobs, in order to finally graduate without too much debt and a Computer Science major? The country has been flooded with H1B and other cheap laborers, mostly from India and Eastern Europe, such that I've been unemployed for at least half of my 4 year engineering career.

    My last hope was moving here to the DC area and getting in with the big military and government contractors as it appears most of these jobs cannot be given to non-citizens.

    I'm not holding my breath though – corporate America knows that the uneducated mass of Americans are too stupid to notice when millions of their jobs are being sold out, along with their once-great nation and all its assets. At least American Idol is on!

    For any future college students – don't even think about going into a field like engineering or science. The CEO's of this country will scream how they need you, but it is just an excuse in order to get Congress to allow more slaves to enter the country and work for a pittance. Taking out loans for a college degree is the absolutely worst thing you can do.

    • chigu on August 11, 2009 at 10:04 AM


      why dont you believe it is because that you are obtuse you have been out of a job half your life or whatever. that is a kind of reason why they encourage foreign nationals to work in the USA as without skilled labor (and not cheap labor as you mention), the car you drive in or the computer on which you are reading this message wouldnt have been so. so, take it easy man. it is all for the good of the people. work hard.

      And the CEO's of this country aren't going to scream. They are well aware of what they are doing, unlike you who have been jobless in analysing such misleading facts. remember, that is why they are CEO's and they deserve to be there.

      Oh wait, do you know why you need to take loans? you cannot compete with smarter people than you to win a scholarship. blame yourself fellow, not the country or its policies.

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