South Carolina Colleges Could Allow In State Tuition For North Carolina Residents
When I saw this story I almost stood up and cheered. However, in our case, it’s a day late and thousands of dollars too short. LOL. Apparently there’s a new bill pushing to allow some South Carolina colleges to give in-state tuition rates to students in North Carolina and Georgia. That is particularly interesting to me since we have a son attending Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. And, let me tell you the difference between in state and out of state rates is huge. We will get to our story in just a minute. But, House Bill 3325, if passed could go into effect this fall. It has been approved by subcommittee. Now, it goes to the full House Education and Public Works Committee. Six schools allowed to extend the rates to bordering states include Winthrop, University of South Carolina Aiken and Coastal Carolina University. Check the bill for all schools.
We lived in North Carolina when our son started Coastal in 2020. But, in the Fall of 2021, we moved across the state line into Indian Land, South Carolina. The process of applying for in state rates was tedious, requiring a one year waiting period. Then, we had to provide dozens of documents proving we registered property, cars, paid state taxes. We had to send notarized statements and a multitude of mortgage or lease agreements. However, we completed the process and got in state status this Spring. The savings is worth it. Although, our son is about to head into his Senior year after this semester. And, now we learn we might have been able to get the rates regardless. But, it’s wonderful news for families in North Carolina and Georgia with students in South Carolina colleges.