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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.
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.)