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Can I get my tuition refunded from school for wrong residency status classification?

Seattle, WA |
Filed under: Education law

I have a situation regarding my residency status change and wondering if you can help me. I'm on H1-B visa since 2010, and according to the Washington education law I should be considered resident for tuition purposes one year after acquiring the Visa status. I applied for UW in 2011, but the information on their admission website had citizens and green card holders only as residents, so I applied as non-resident. I kept paying double tuition until this quarter when I came across the law on the internet and applied for status change. The problem is; the registrar office is denying their fault in listing the wrong application rule on the admission website and don't want to refund the extra tuition I paid before this quarter. Is there a way to get my money back?

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  1. Not everything you read on the internet is true. If you think the registrar's office should refund your money, you should address your concerns to them. I recommend being diplomatic.

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