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Can Student Keep In-State Residency Once Parents Move Elsewhere?

Question: My son is currently a freshman in a Florida state university. I am moving out of state for job purposes and want to know if my son can continue at his school at the in-state tuition rates. He is 18 and has been a dependent on our taxes. My wife will be staying in Florida for an undetermined time so I don't know how this would affect his tuition.

Each state has its own (usually confusing) rules that govern residency for tuition purposes. However, in many cases, when a student graduated from high school in that state and did not relocate to the state in order to attend college, he will qualify for in-state tuition, even if his parents move elsewhere (although sometimes this can require applying for a waiver or doing some other kind of fancy footwork once Mom and Dad blow town).

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