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In State Tuition at Out of State Colleges

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 12:03 PM
Many states have articulation agreements with neighboring states to allow their students to pay in-state tuition rates at an out of state college. The usual condition is that students
must enroll in a major not offered at a public college in their home state. Another condition is that students must apply for this opportunity and the allowable majors can change. States are not obligated to participate and can opt out of participating in agreements. Each state has a different sign up process and arrangement regarding which majors are applicable.

As an example, students who are legal residents of Virginia have the opportunity to study in 14 other states in 117 college majors at in-state rates if they are approved.
Students and parents can visit for a detailed list. On the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website, there are disclaimers now about the fact that North Carolina no longer participates and although Maryland participates, the University of Maryland does not.

Families engaged in a college search in any state should consult their state higher education agency for more information on opportunities in their state to study at colleges out of their state at in-state tuition rates.

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