Today I am critically pissed about the out-of-state tuition cost. For the past 4 years, I have been paying thousands more to attend UW- Whitewater compared to the Wisconsin residents. My parents’ home is literally 5 minutes walking distance from the border, and that is an expensive 5 minutes. Even though I live here in Whitewater to attend school and work year round, I have to pay out-of-state. I was told by the admissions office and financial aid that I would have to live in the state for two years before I could be considered a resident. I was also told that my parents would not be able to claim me on their taxes if I were to be considered for in-state residency. I was 17 when I started college at Whitewater, so my parents claimed me. Although I’m willing to bet that a large numbers of students are still being claimed by their parents. So anyways, the admissions office once told me that I could appeal the out-of-state tuition by adhering to what they told me above, and taking it to court. Great, that’s just what I want to do. Even if I won, I would still only get one year of in-state tuition assuming I graduate in 4 years. My first year wouldn’t count as residency because I was in dorms, so my “residency” wouldn’t have started till the summer before my sophomore year when I moved off campus. This means, that in order to meet the 2 year minimum, I would have to wait till the summer before my senior year—leaving one year for in-state tuition. This is ridiculous, and all colleges and universities should have the same cost regardless of where a student lives. Everyone pays taxes for education regardless of where they live. In addition, everyone would be paying tuition to attend their school of choice. Therefore I do not see a need for out-of-state tuition. If anyone disagrees, I hope that you have children one day who want to attend a college in a different state. Then we shall see how you feel about out-of-state tuition.