Residence Information | Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
A student eighteen years of age or over may be classified as a resident if (1) the parents were domiciled in the State at the time the student reached majority and such student has not acquired a domicile in another state, or (2) as an adult the student has |
established a bona fide domicile in the State of West Virginia. Bona fide domicile in West Virginia means that the student must not be in the State primarily to attend an educational institution and must be in the State for purposes other than to attempt to qualify for resident status.
You need to check with the schools to be sure but it is unlikely that renting an apartment and attending school part time would make you eligible for in state tuition.
In most States your residency for in-state tuition is based on your parents State of residency. It is generally very hard to change you residency. Most States will not allow you to qualify for residency while you are considered a dependent of your OOS parents. Additionally, even once you are old enough to not be considered a dependent, most states will not allow you to qualify for instate tuition while you are in school. Often you have to have been living in the State for at least a year and not be going to school to establish residency.
If it were that easy there would be no point in any school charging out of state tuition. Check with the schools in WV to be sure.