Congratulation! You’ve been accepted to the college you applied for. You are about to embark on a truly awesome chapter of your life. Savor these days and enjoy every moment. This is the opportunity you worked for, so now that you made it, get everything out of it that you can.
Set aside all the minor concerns and tune in to the glorious potential that is on your doorstep. Revel in your present moment, and get ready to grow up, down, sideways and in directions you don’t even know about yet.
Don’t even worry about how you’re going to pay for it. Wait, no, that’s actually bad advice. A better strategy would be to plan how to pay for it now, so you won’t have to worry about it later.
If you are enrolled at a school in your home state, or can afford a private education, you are already well on your way. If, on the other hand, you’ve chosen a public institution in a state not your own, you are going to want to explore the possibility of qualifying for in-state tuition.
Establishing yourself as a state resident can save you up to $10,000 per semester. That’s a massive difference, which can affect everything from spring break plans to the amount of debt (if any) with which you graduate.
That being said, with so much money at stake, schools are not exactly handing out brochures on how to qualify for in-state tuition rates. Indeed, there is a thick tangle of bureaucratic thorns separating you from that sweet in-state status.
There is of course plenty of information available, but it can be hard to know which information to look for. Knowing what you can do is very different than understanding what you should do. Given the complexity of the process and looming penalties for any missteps, many students give up before they even begin.
Let’s not forget that part of enjoying college also includes a little cash to spend along the way on things like Football games, weekend road trips, and, ahem, the occasional social gathering.
Getting in-state tuition status goes a long way for your short term and long term financial planning. The first step is to determine whether you are a good candidate to receive in-state tuition. To do that, submit some basic info and a team of in-state tuition experts will review your case and respond. Helpful organizations like In-State Angels guarantee in-state tuition with every student they work with. They are experts with years of experience navigating the maze of paperwork and ever-shifting regulations. They do all the heavy lifting, and provide personal guidance the entire time. They will make sure you not only qualify for in-state tuition, but also maintain that status throughout your college career.
There is so much to explore and discover as you make your way through college. Living away from home and meeting new people is enough to keep you occupied full-time, not to mention those pesky, fascinating classes you keep hearing about.
Stressing over unnecessarily high tuition need not be a prominent feature of your experience. You are about to enter a whole new world of adult decision-making. This one is easy. The rest is up to you.
Guest Blog by Jake Wells. About the Author – Jake Wells founded In-State Angels in 2009 after graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder with more debt than seemed reasonable. He is on a mission to prevent others from suffering a similar fate, and now advises students on how to get in-state tuition in the fastest way legally possible.
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