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July 22, 2015

California Residency for Student After Parents Move Away?

Question: My son will be attending UC Merced in the Fall 2015. We have been California residents all our lives. But, my husband and I have to move out of state for work in December 2015. Will we be able to keep in-state tuition for my son at UC Merced?  He is currently 17 years old; will be 18 after he begins Fall semester at UC Merced. We will keep the house we currently live in – we are not selling it once we move.

As long as your son reaches the age of majority (his 18th birthday) while you are still CA residents and he remains in the state, then he will not lose his in-state residency for tuition purposes. It sounds like it will be a close call … that he’ll turn 18 just before you go … but that he’ll be fine.

Good luck with the big move.


 

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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