CU-Boulder Students Increasingly Petition For In-State Tuition

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Out-of-state students at the University of Colorado are increasingly petitioning the school to gain in-state status, which, if approved, gives them an annual tuition break of about $20,000.

Between 2008 and 2010, the number of petitions that CU received from non-resident students claiming they had established residency increased by about 14 percent. About nine out of 10 of the 1,389 CU-Boulder students who filed petitions in 2010 were granted in-state status.

Officials can only speculate what's causing the increase: Perhaps, the weak economy has caused parents of out-of-state students to lose jobs, prompting those students to then become financially responsible for their tuition. But the number of non-resident undergraduate students between 2008 and 2010 declined from 8,620 students to 8,574 -- so it's not an increase in out-of-state students spurring the trend.

Regardless, a new company called "Tuition Angels" is trying to capitalize on the interest in gaining in-state tuition.

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