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Last-minute in-stater

realtimerealtime Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
We currently live out of state but know with certainty that we will be relocating to IL the summer after my son graduates HS. (His dad's company has relocated to the Chicago area and he is already working there while we stay behind to finish HS). When my son applies, we will still be "out of state" and by the time he moves in, we should be "in-state". Should we disclose that somewhere on the app? Could it help or hurt his enrollment or scholarship chances one way or the other? Anyone with a similar situation? (He is thinking engineering or aviation but is very undecided). Thanks...
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Replies to: Last-minute in-stater

  • drusbadrusba Registered User Posts: 9,462 Senior Member
    The rule: the student is presumed to be a resident of the state in which his parents are a resident. If the parents move into Illinois with the intent to be permanent residents, and the student is still a dependent, then the student will be considered a resident "at the beginning of the next term following the move." Thus, if you move before school starts and establish residency in Illinois, he will be considered in-state for tuition. Best to move earlier in the summer than later because you will be prone to get questions proving you are a resident and it will help for the parents to have an Illinois address, driver's license, and voting card to prove permanent residency.

    That he will be a resident does not have to be put on the application but he may want to mention the upcoming change, possibly in the essay. If admitted, you will have to notify the school promptly after the change to assure you will only have to pay in-state tuition.

    As to scholarships, it will not have much impact. They have scholarship funds that they award to high level out-of-state's which usually consist of partial relief on the OOS portion of tuition. However, even if they give it to you as an OOS applicant, you cannot keep such an award if you move and qualify for in-state tution. Other scholarships exist based on merit and the engineering college usually has more to dole out than others. Nevertheless, do not assume he will get any scholarship money and even if he is high caliber, you are likely looking at small amount (ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 a year applied to tuition and fees). As far as being admitted is concerned, OOS is evaluated on same level as in-state; you do not need higher stats than in-state to be admitted and admission rate of OOS is close to the same as in-state.
  • realtimerealtime Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Thank you, drusba! He is a smart kid, don't know his scholarship chances but we'd be happy to pay in-state rates for a change (as opposed to his OOS sister), scholarship or not! Of course he's also considering other OOS schools so it may be moot but Illinois is high on his list...so maybe...
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