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In-State Tuition for International Students


College campusIn some states it’s become even easier for international students to find a good deal on college tuition.

Colleges and universities across the country are trying to attract students from other states — and in some cases, other countries — by offering them in-state tuition instead of the higher out-of-state tuition they normally would pay, according to an article by the Associated Press.

For example, North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education has approved offering in-state tuition not only to out-of-state prospects, but also international prospects.

Why are colleges doing this? AP cites the bad economy, increasing competition for students and smaller student enrollments at some schools.

Sounds like a good deal, right? In many cases it is.

At public colleges, in-state college tuition costs can be thousands of dollars per year less than the standard tuition for out-of-state students, including international students. That means a substantial savings over the course of a four-year college degree.

But remember to closely investigate if any in-state tuition deals at the colleges you are considering actually apply to you. If they do, find out for how long.

For example, some colleges may offer in-state tuition to nonresidents of only nearby states and not to international students. Or they may offer in-state tuition to all nonresidents — but only for the first year.

If you are looking to attend graduate school in the US, you can score in-state tuition by becoming a TA (teaching assistant) or obtaining a research assistantship. On top of the reduced tuition, you will also be paid for this work.

Forget about it if you are considering only private colleges. Private schools, such as any in the Ivy League, offer only one base tuition for all students, regardless of where they reside.

No matter which school you choose or what its tuition, remember that international students can continue to apply for outside funding, like this scholarship from University Language.

(UPDATE: See our list of colleges that offer in-state tuition to international students.)



13 Responses to “In-State Tuition for International Students”

  1. Sydney Says:

    can someone post a list of colleges that are offering this?
    thanks!

  2. Diane Says:

    Sydney,

    I’m not sure there is a complete list of colleges that offer this, but I would definitely check out the colleges in North Dakota if you are interested. If anyone knows of others, let us know!!

  3. Red G. Says:

    $57 per unit – Southest Community College (based in Lincoln, NE)
    http://www.southeast.edu/admissions/fin_tuition.asp
    Nursing Program: http://www.southeast.edu/academics/program_assoc_nursing.asp

    $64 per unit – Metropolitan Community College (based in Omaha, NE)
    http://www.mccneb.edu/futurestudents/tuition.asp
    Nursing Program: http://www.mccneb.edu/healthcareers/nursingassociatedegree.asp

    It’s helpful to know about these schools because the “financial ability” amounts would be lower.

  4. Ben Says:

    please can i have a list of college that afford this scholarship

  5. Diane Says:

    Ben, see the colleges that are listed in this post.

  6. Blanca Says:

    I am an international student F-1 Visa who has attended college for 8 consecutive years. Can I qualify for In-state tuition to in-state residency?
    Irony…As an F-1Visa or International Visa student who have been paying out of state all these years, I felt discriminated for my status, but illegal status are more favored than those who are keep up following the rules :(

  7. Blanca Says:

    I am an international student F-1 Visa who has attended college for 8 consecutive years. Can I qualify for In-state tuition or in-state residency?
    Irony…As an F-1Visa or International Visa student who have been paying out of state all these years, I felt discriminated for my status, but illegal status are more favored than those who are keep up following the rules :(

  8. Polina Says:

    It depends on the college. Different colleges have different policies regarding who pays in-state and who pays out of-state tuition, so check with the individual schools you’re looking to attend.

  9. Z Says:

    Hello,

    St.Cloud State University offers in-state tuition for international students via the Academic & Cultural Sharing Scholarship.

    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 continuing ACSS scholarships.

    More information here:
    http://www.stcloudstate.edu/internationalstudents/students/scholarships/ACS.asp

    http://www.stcloudstate.edu/internationaladmissions/

  10. Onyekwere-Godwin, Mary Says:

    Hi, am looking for a cheap & affordable nursing schools for international students in brooklyn colleges in new york city. Don’t have a web address. You can always reach me through my email. Thanks.

  11. ajibua ife Says:

    Am greatful u are here to help pls I need information on how to get a free tution beauty school or cheap comunity college in US. Thanks

  12. Raerae Says:

    does this apply for Florida as well cause i have an aunt living there so Florida is the best place for me to attend college please let me know if Florida also offer instate tuition for international students

  13. Diane at University Language Says:

    Raerae, colleges vary on whether they offer in-state tuition to international students, even within the same state! You’ll have to check with the specific college(s) you’re interested in.

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