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In this Monday, Nov. 2, 2009 photo, Mario Rodas of Chelsea, Mass., poses at one of the gates to Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. As an undocumented Guatemalan-born immigrant in 2005, Rodas would have had to pay out-of-state tuition fees to go to a public college in Massachusetts. Rodas has since been granted asylum in the U.S. and can take advantage of in-state tuition rates while he studies at the Harvard University Extension School.

States are offering ways to get out of state tuition at a cheaper cost, according to an article by Bankrate.

For students, this provides a more affordable education in comparison to the cost that out-of-state tuition usually is — twice the price. For universities, it helps fill the fiscal gaps as budget cuts to states are made.

Here are ways to cut down or eliminate those costs:


Some universities offer waivers for nonresidents. These students generally must have GPAs of 3.75 or higher. Sometimes, like in the case of Idaho State University, the waivers are only issued for those who are trying to enter a program that doesn’t have a wait list full of in-state students.

Reciprocal agreement

This is a contract between states that allow residents to attend school for a member state at a reduced price. There are varying requirements depending on the state and school.

Border states

Schools that are close across the border from where you live sometimes still qualify for in-state tuition. Students wanting this option should apply early.

Become local

Resident requirements differ for each state, but generally you can gain residency by living in a state a year or two before college starts.


There are various loopholes that some Universities offer like Mississippi State University, dropping half of out-of-state costs for sons and daughters of alumni who keep GPA 3.0 or higher. Contact financial aid office to learn more about out-of-state reductions.

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