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How to get in state tuition at UIowa and other schools?

Berry12Berry12 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
I live in Illinois right now and im looking at attending the university of iowa. Is there any way i can attain residency after attending a year at iowa? Out of state is 22k+ and in state is about 6k. Seeing that my parents are not paying for my 2ndary education money is a big issue so if i could somehow get instate tuition at iowa that would make a big difference. I would be able to take on out of state tuition for a year if need be. I lived in Iowa before I started High School.
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Replies to: How to get in state tuition at UIowa and other schools?

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 59,963Registered User Senior Member
    I don't know about Iowa specifically, but typically states have very strict rules to prevent OOS students from claiming residency in order to get in-state rates for educational purposes.

    However, some schools in some states (don't know about Iowa) will award a scholarship to cover those OOS fees if your stats are high enough.

    What are your stats (GPA and test scores)? What is your major?

    Are you saying that your parents aren't giving you ANY money for undergrad?

    What is their income? If it's low enough, maybe you could get some grant money.

    You may need to seek schools that will give you merit money.
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Posts: 17,975Super Moderator Senior Member
  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 35,046Registered User Senior Member
    Have your whole family move to Iowa immediately. That is the only way to gain instate residency as an undergrad in Iowa. For undergrads, your state of residency is almost always the place where your PARENTS reside. So..have the whole family move to the state in which you want to have instate residency and live there for a year before enrolling in college. That is the only foolproof way to get instate tuition.

    Some states participate in an academic common market arrangement (I believe there is a sticky at the top of this forum with a thread about that). But Iowa isn't one of them.
  • rdlwolverinerdlwolverine Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Your other option, which may not be feasible, is to take a gap year and move to Iowa and work there and support yourself so that you can declare yourself independent of your parents. Then, after you have lived, worked, paid taxes, registered your car (if any), and registered to vote in Iowa for a year without being a student, you could be eligible for instate tuition.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 22,281Registered User Senior Member
    work there and support yourself so that you can declare yourself independent of your parents.

    For FAFSA purposes, you cannot just declare yourself independent. You must follow a strict list of criteria (over 24, married, veteran, etc). Unless Iowa has a different policy.
  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 35,046Registered User Senior Member
    For MOST undergrad students...the state of residency is the state in which their PARENTS reside. Check the U of Iowa website. It is usually not easy to gain instate residency if you really are NOT an instate resident. I think the OP KNOWS he/she is not a resident of Iowa...and is hoping for a loophole. There usually is no such loophole.
  • shay_888shay_888 Posts: 375Registered User Junior Member
    I live in Iowa, and just visited U of Iowa. Good school, it is kinda pricey though. I don't think there's any ways around that, though. Unless you had family here, or stayed here over the summer after attending school here. Then, you could say you have residency here and get in-state tuition.
  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 35,046Registered User Senior Member
    Unless you had family here, or stayed here over the summer after attending school here. Then, you could say you have residency here and get in-state tuition.

    Shay...the above is somewhat inaccurate. A student cannot establish residency by just staying there in the summers...and they cannot establish residency by staying with a family member UNLESS that family member happens to be their parents.

    This student is inquiring about becoming an instate resident in Iowa after attending school there for a year or two. The student's parents do NOT live in Iowa at this time. This student is NOT a resident of Iowa and is not likely to be able to establish instate residency in Iowa.

    The best way...and the only certain way...to get instate tuition rates is for the WHOLE FAMILY to move to the state in which you wish to have instate tuition. In most other cases, the place of residency for undergrad students is the place of residence of the parents.

    Think of what the OP is saying...she/he wants instate tuition after a year or two attending school in Iowa. If that's all it took...there would be NO ONE paying out of state tuition...and that simply is NOT the case.

    I'm sorry to put the kabosh on this OP's hopes...but the reality is..he/she is NOT a resident of Iowa. The likelihood of getting instate tuition in Iowa is very very very very small.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 59,963Registered User Senior Member
    ^^^

    If it were easy to establish residency in another state (for tuition purposes) people would do it all the time and never pay OOS fees.

    BTW...the reason you have to pay OOS fees is because you haven't been a contributing tax-payer in that state. Therefore, you don't "deserve" the in-state rate.


    Of course, you could marry an Iowa girl, but I don't recommend doing that for tuition purposes... LOL
  • shay_888shay_888 Posts: 375Registered User Junior Member
    Only providing some insight thumper1.
    Involving myself in the site and giving knowledge to the best of my ability.
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