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International Student with American Passport, do I get in-state tuition? +other stuff

RakoonBerryRakoonBerry Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
Hi,
I'm a junior in high school, soon to be senior as a matter of fact, that lives in Dubai, UAE. I've lived all my life here and am studying here. Both my parents aren't American and they don't have American passports. I was born in California and am expected to graduate in 2017. As an international student, do I get in-state tuition and if not is it possible to get? I've heard that you would be required to live in any state for a year before paying in-state tuition, is this true? Also on a separate not, how would American universities compare my transcript to local students? My school (SABIS) is known world wide for its rigorous academic program and I do have pretty high marks (around 90%). I'd really appreciate if someone could answer these questions as there is nobody in my school that can help me. My mother suggested talking to universities and asking these specific questions but I'm afraid they won't take me seriously, any thoughts? Thanks in advance. Cheers!
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Replies to: International Student with American Passport, do I get in-state tuition? +other stuff

  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    edited May 2016
    The concept of "in state" tuition only applies to PUBLIC universities, not PRIVATE ones. But many private universities grant generous need-based or merit-based aid.

    Every state has its own rules on state residency requirements for its publuc universities. These rules are easily googled.

    Being a US citizen makes you eligible for US Federal student aid. You will need to fill out a FAFSA form and your parents need to fill in their financial information.

    It's also nearly impossible to get CA residency for the purpose of cheaper tuition, so don't bother.


  • RakoonBerryRakoonBerry Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thank you for replying. My family has considered applying for Federal aid but we aren't poor enough to receive substantial assistance nor are we rich enough to afford paying for college. Am I still able to apply for residency in other states for tuition purposes?
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    1) To get in-state tuition rates for public colleges, you and your family have to establish residency, pay taxes, etc. in that state. No state will recognize you as an in-state resident. For some military families, there’s greater leeway. Again, this doesn’t apply to you.

    2) Per GMT’s advice, read each school’s rules. They differ. But like I said, it’ll be a waste of time for you.

    3) US colleges get 100s of transcripts from other countries all the time. They ask for a grading tool template and can convert to their own uses.
    There are several forums solely for international students. Your questions are valid. Good luck.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    My family has considered applying for Federal aid but we aren't poor enough to receive substantial assistance nor are we rich enough to afford paying for college.
    Then focus on schools which grant merit money. Merit aid is awarded solely on the basis of merit, irrespective of family income.

  • RakoonBerryRakoonBerry Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thank you for replying. I didn't know that there were forums for international students, hopefully I find someone that has had similar problems.
  • RakoonBerryRakoonBerry Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thanks for replying again. I will do so.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    edited May 2016


    You are not an "international" student but an American student residing abroad . Your issues are different than those of int'l students.

    We are also American expats.
  • RakoonBerryRakoonBerry Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    The plot thickens... So what do you recommend I do to tackle this issue and learn more to be able to find a solution? My parents suggest that I contact my universities of interest about my problems but I believe the universities would take months to reply and I don't have that much time.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    Solution to WHAT problem?

    I'm not clear on what is it you need to ask these schools that you can't intially attempt to answer by some simple googling.

  • dscottvbdscottvb Registered User Posts: 291 Junior Member
  • T26E4T26E4 Registered User Posts: 24,274 Senior Member
    You have American citizenship. Granted. But you qualify for in-state tuition reduction at no US public university because are not a resident of any state in the USA.
  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri Registered User Posts: 8,624 Senior Member
    You're an American citizen, but you'll pay out-of-state rates at all public US colleges. Every state has its own college system. If you visit their websites you can find the cost of attendance. The SUNY (NYS public colleges) financial aid pages list 3: in state rates (~$22k/year), out-of-state rates (~$30k/year), and international rates (I think it's currently ~$40k/year). As an OOS student, you'd pay ~$30k/year.

    Private colleges charge everyone the same. They're more likely to offer merit aid and need based grants than public colleges. Each college has a Net Price Calculator that you can run to get an estimate of how much they might cost. Run a few with your parents and try to pin down how much they can pay per year.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 57,361 Senior Member
    All above is correct. The "instate" criteria is only if you live in any particular state (have a valid address there, pay utilities and taxes there, etc) which your family does not. You are not an instate resident of any state as you live overseas.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 41,508 Senior Member
    edited May 2016
    As stated previously, you're not an international student. You're a citizen. You're eligible for any financial or merit aid. If your family makes 200+K a year, then you need to find schools with merit money for your stats (ie., essentially, test scores = prep for the ACT or SAT). In addition, you're automatically eligible for a 5.5K loan.
    Some states allow an 18 year to live and work full time in the state, taking no more than about 6-7 credits at a community college, and be recognized as "instate" after 12 months - you thus need to arrive in August of the latest (say, arrive August 2017, apply January 2018 asking for instate status, providing proofs of residence, driver's license, etc, and enroll Fall 2018.)
    Minnesota and New York State are part of those. Florida and Texas may, but the legislation's changed so check. Missouri and Utah allow you to register as OOS but switch to instate after a year.
    Private universities do not make a difference betwen instate and OOS, and many offer generous merit aid. Look at Colleges That Change Lives, as well as universities in Princeton Review's Best Colleges and/or Fiske Guide.
  • PurpleTitanPurpleTitan Registered User Posts: 12,654 Senior Member
    You could also consider UK and Canadian unis, which may be cheaper (though some public's international costs are affordable).

    What can your parents afford to pay?
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