Because college information and processes are so complex and change so frequently, there are many myths about college that parents believe to be fact. One myth that I was able to debunk this week for a family was their belief that their kids would be given in-state status (for tuition purposes) at an out-of-state college if they earn an SAT score above a certain score.
Each state has a domicile law which governs who can be classified as an in-state student. Domicile is usually determined by where the family of the student resides and other related factors like where they register their cars and pay taxes. Domicile laws differ from state to state.
Although colleges in most states can't give you in-state status if you are an out of state student, some colleges award scholarships that reduce tuition to the same level as an in-state student. Students should look at the scholarship page on the website for colleges of interest to see if there are scholarships that they can apply for that will help reduce tuition.
There are situations where a student might pay reduced tuition rates as an out of state student. The Southern Region Education Board Academic Common Market has enabled students to pursue out-of-state college degrees at discounted tuition rates, through agreements among the states and colleges and universities for 35 years.
Presently there are 1,900 undergraduate and graduate degree programs available in the 16 participating states. For more information, go to www.sreb.org.