Yikes! In-State and OOS Tuition both more expensive than I thought...

<p>Estimated Total Cost of Undergraduate Education (Fall 2008–Spring 2009)</p>

<p>Texas resident on-campus $21,470 – 25,284
Texas resident off-campus $21,724 – 25,538
Non-resident on-campus $32,240 – 45,006
Non-resident off-campus $32,494 – 45,260</p>

<p>Source: Tuition</a> and Costs | Why UT? | Be a Longhorn</p>

<p>Jeez...I was under the impression that it would be around 17k for residents...And with our current economic status, the tuition will increase. :(</p>

<p>I'm moving to Texas after I graduate, so I'm not sure whether I should attend school at OU first and later transfer to save money, or whether I should just accept my offer and attend without messing with the transfer stuff later. </p>

<p>Any constructive advice would be greatly appreciated. :)</p>

<p>EDIT: I found the following later:</p>

<p>Long Semester (Costs are per semester and assume that you enroll in full-time hours.)</p>

<pre><code> Tuition Books Room/Board Transportation Personal/Misc. Total

On Campus 4,045-5,952 409 4,623 481 1,177 10,735-12,642
Off Campus 4,045-5,952 409 4,750 481 1,177 10,862-12,769
On Campus 9,430-15,813 409 4,623 481 1,177 16,120-22,503
Off Campus 9,430-15,813 409 4,750 481 1,177 16,247-22,630 </p>

<p>Now I'm really confused...HELP!!! :)</p>

<p>The part you can't do anything about is the tuition. It sounds like you are facing out of state tuition the first year. <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/tuition/attach/2009_10_Fall_Spring_Undergrad_Tuition.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.utexas.edu/tuition/attach/2009_10_Fall_Spring_Undergrad_Tuition.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Is your whole family moving to Texas soon? If so, will you get in state tuition after your first year? I am not sure how that works but I would guess you would.
If you are not eligible for financial aid and your parents won't be helping pay and you can't get in state tuition in Texas, four years of out of state tuition (plus living expenses) will be hard to manage unless you have a lot of money saved for college. </p>

<p>(If your family is moving to Texas and it turns out that you will get in state tuition after your first year, you might be able to find creative ways to save money on room and board and other expenses your first year and then after that it won't be so bad. If this is the case and you really want to go to UT, I would suggest you go to Texas as a freshman. It is too hard to predict what transfer policies will be in the next few years - without a CAP agreement, I would not count on being able to transfer in even if your grades are great.)</p>

<p>Yes, my entire family is moving to Texas (sorry I didn't clarify in OP). I don't really want to go through the entire application process again, plus the transfer application. Thanks for your input, MidwestMom2Kids_!</p>

<p>You say "creative ways" but I'm not really sure what you mean. My parents will be living in Arlington, which is about 4 hours away from Austin so living at home would not be a possibility (plus I've already paid the $50 housing fee). Any ideas?</p>

<p>Anyone else reading this, feel free to comment and give your point of view/suggestions.</p>


<p>If you really need to save money, you could live somewhere cheaper than one of the dorms. (Yes, you would lose your $50 deposit.)</p>

<p>Bunking in with a relative would be great. Or could you find a place where you can live for less if you help with something (handyman? babysitter? elder care? check Craigslist).</p>

<p>Or you could live in a double in say, Taos, coop very very close to campus for $4326 for the year including 17 meals/wk, a stocked kitchen available 24/7, all utilities, for just a few hours of work each week. <a href="http://www.collegehouses.coop/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.collegehouses.coop/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br>
(Choose FAQ, Apply for a room, current rates) </p>

<p>The lowest price on campus room for 2009-2010 will be $7881.
Division</a> of Housing and Food Service - Prices</p>

<p>If you are sure you want to be at UT, I think you should try to start out there if you have that option. I really think living on campus is ideal for a freshman but if the cost of your first year of college is too high to take on, consider every option. Good luck.</p>

<p>You may want to check on the residency rules regarding OOS tuition. I don't think you can get in state tuition even after your parents have moved if you are already enrolled in school. I think you have to establish residency BEFORE enrolling in school. I could be totally wrong, but you may want to double check on it so you don't have any unpleasant surprises!</p>

To qualify as a Texas resident, an individual must reside in Texas for one year and establish a domicile in Texas prior to enrollment. An applicant or student who is claimed as a dependent on a parent's most recent federal tax return will be classified based on the parent's qualifications for residency.</p>

<p>International students eligible to establish legal domicile in Texas may also qualify for Texas resident status; see the Residency FAQ for details.</p>

<p>An individual's residency classification is based on information from his or her admission application. If an applicant or student is classified as a nonresident and wishes to be reclassified as a resident, it is necessary to submit the Residency Core Questions.


<p>If you haven't already done so, it would be good to find out what answers they want to the "Residency Core Questions" and make sure these answers will apply to you and your family by the time you are being classified for residency for your second year of classes. </p>

<p>Here are two questions that appear to be relevant:</p>

<li><p>Do any of the following apply to your parent or guardian? (Check all that
a. Holds the title to real property (home, land) in Texas?
b. Owns a business in Texas?
c. Holds a state or local license to conduct a business or practice a
profession in TX?</p></li>
<li><p>For the past 12 months, has your parent or guardian: (Check all that apply)
a. been gainfully employed in TX?</p></li>

<p>Wait. The "To qualify as a Texas resident, an individual must reside in Texas for one year and establish a domicile in Texas prior to enrollment." only applies if only I am moving, right? And since I'm a dependent (is that just being under 18 or what?), my parents are the ones that need to establish residency? I'm so confused...</p>

<p>I'll call the admissions office tomorrow, but do you think I would qualify for residency?</p>

<p>If your whole family is moving to Texas soon, I think that about a year from now when you are planning for your second year at UT, you would be likely to be able to be considered a Texas resident, but I would call to find out what exactly is required. Is it required that your family buy a home in Texas, for instance?</p>