Tuition

<p>Okay, so I wasn't sure were to ask this question.. Anyway, I currently live in Georgia, but none of the schools here have the major I am interested in. So I was wondering if anyone knew if I could possibly receive instate tuition to a neighboring state with my major? You probably can't but I think I read somewhere that you can because these out of state prices are 4x. It's ridic.</p>

<p>Georgia is one of 16 states that participate in the Academic Common Market program which allows students to attend certain schools for certain programs at a reduced or instate tuition rate. If your major is offered within the ACM agreements (there's a search function that will narrow it down for you) that's great, but don't assume that every public school charges 4x the instate rate for OOS! Often it's much less than that, room and board don't vary by residency, and many schools offer increased levels of merit aid to OOS students. Also, your residency is not a factor for any private colleges. </p>

<p>If you post your target budget and field of interest you may get some solid suggestions.</p>

<p><a href="http://www.sreb.org/page/1304/academic_common_market.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.sreb.org/page/1304/academic_common_market.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>If you are a top student or athlete, then another school might waive the out of state tuition difference. You usually have to apply, fill out a FAFSA and wait to hear if you are accepted and what the "package" will be. </p>

<p>You can also look at private colleges (anywhere). You may have to fill out both the FAFSA and the PROFILE but some times private colleges can be generous. The "sticker" price on a private may not be what you pay. Again, you have to go through all the application and forms before they will tell you tho! (no one forecasts -- they will all tell you "we have lots of opportuniites" but they won't make promises until you have applied.</p>

<p>I think Sk8mom on this one. Hard for me to imagine that you can't find a major at Georgia Tech, UGA or other state school in GA. A lot of folks in those ACM states that go to GA for some unusual majors. When my son was looking at some specialty scholarships, GA was a state that offered majors in those specialties that were difficult to find elsewhere.</p>

<p>Don't be too narrow in your college search because you are interested in a specific major, however. Often the first two years of requirements for most majors, can be done at many full service schools. And having a specialty major is a great reason for requesting a transfer to a school that provides that major. So keep options open. I know many kids who eliminated some great schools because they thought they wanted some narrow major, and then after a year at schools that they picked pretty much because they offered that major, decided to switch majors. Most kids do switch their majors; often many times. It is rare to be stuck on one major for the whole time. You are still growing and changing. Make sure you like the college as a whole, and that it meets other requirements such as financial considerations, and not just that it offers a major you like.</p>